I posted this back in February. Here it is again.
Hey, I have been in Texas for 4 years now. My experience comes from Tennessee. They created a system that rewards prior state tournament success. Basically the wrestlers who were returning state placers and also region champs, were essentially seeded by formula. Those that do not win their regions are not seeded. It is a bit more necessary there with 8 regions. They have some brackets in this years tournament with 6 returning state placers. Their 120 bracket,
Hey, I have been in Texas for 4 years now. My experience comes from Tennessee. They created a system that rewards prior state tournament success. Basically the wrestlers who were returning state placers and also region champs, were essentially seeded by formula. Those that do not win their regions are not seeded. It is a bit more necessary there with 8 regions. They have some brackets in this years tournament with 6 returning state placers. Their 120 bracket, http://www.tssaa.org/2011Champions/Stat ... DI/120.pdf
, has 6 returning place winners with only 3 of them being region champs. Only those that won the region get seeding consideration. 3 region champs who are returning place winners got "placed", what we would call seeded, the other 5 region champs were drawn into the remaining region champ positions.
Their formula for seeding, they call it placing or separation, is published and well known. Only those previous state placers are considered, the remaining region champs are randomly drawn in to the remaining region champ spots. In each quarter bracket, there are 8 wrestlers, 1 from each of the 8 regions and encompasses 2 region champs, 2 seconds, 2 thirds and 2 fourths. 1 v 4 and 2 vs 3 then 3 v 2 and 4 v 1.
Here is their criteria,
IV. STATE TOURNAMENT (Division I)
A. The state wrestling tournament shall be held the weekend of the third Saturday in February.
B. The draw for the state tournament shall be made by the Board of Control and shall be released
after the completion of all regional wrestling tournaments.
C. Wrestlers who meet the qualification shall be placed in each weight division in the state
tournament. In order to be placed, a wrestler must be a regional champion and must have been a
state place finisher during his high school career. The criteria for placing shall be as follows:
1. Separate all state champions (includes state champions from other states).
2. The following criteria shall be used to separate state champions: (a) state champion at
same weight, (b) state champion at higher weight, (c) state champion at lower weight. (If
there are two state champions at the same weight the state champion from Tennessee will
receive the higher seed.)
3. Follow the same procedure as #2 above for 2nd place from previous year, 3rd place from
previous year, …
4. Items #2 and #3 shall be applied in order to wrestlers who placed in the state tournament
two years prior.
5. Blind draw.
Anyway, by doing so it tries to create the best possible matchup for the finals. A blind drawn, rotation tournament is great at identifying the best wrestler but not necessarily the best placing for 2nd to 6th. Last year the 152 3rd place wrestler, who was a returning state champ, beat the 2nd place wrestler rather soundly at the regional tournament. Due to him being blind drawn into the same half of the bracket as the returning OW, they met in the semifinals. Most would agree that they were the two best in the weight class if not two of the best in the tournament. That kind of high caliber matchup should have taken place during the finals, not Saturday morning.
Of course, this is just my opinion as a wrestling fan, so have at it and tear it apart.