Now that the brackets have been finalized and released, we can map and analyze from whence our 330 national qualifiers came. Another big thanks to Earl Smith at D1 College Wrestling for providing a superb set of data gratis.
The two alterations from yesterday’s data are the scratching of Zeke Moisey WVU at 125 and Abe Alaya at 184, and the addition of two Ohio Bobcats, Shakur Laney at 125 and Andrew Romanchik at 184. It doesn’t affect the graphs and whatnot much, but add two local Ohioans and remove a Floridian and Pennsylvanian, if you’re into that whole accuracy and precision thing.
Now the maps!
Had to zoom our real wide to capture the entire geographical spectrum of our 2016 qualifiers. Campbell’s Ville Heino (184) is one of 2 foreign nationals participating at the NCAAs – Oregon State’s Amarveer Dhesi (285) is the other. Despite Dhesi’s Canadian roots (suburban Vancouver to be exact), Heino has him beat as the northern most wrestler by about 700 miles. Yeah, Helsinki, Finland is pretty way up there. The NCAA’s have hosted several Mongolian competitors in the past, however I’m pretty sure Heino wins the prize for having grown up closer to the Arctic Circle than anyone in NCAA wrestling history. Feel free to break off that bit of trivia at Madison Square Garden and impress all your friends.
On the south side, there are 2 Hawaiians, David Terao (125) from American University and Dane Pestano (184) representing the Cyclones of Iowa State. Not quite the southern most wrestler in NCAA history (there has been at least one South African wrestler, which is, you know, a whole hemisphere closer to Antarctica). But if you’re starved for even more fascinating trivia, Heino hails from the northernmost continental European capital city (don’t forget about Reykjavik if you’re including Europe’s island nations), and Terao is from Honolulu, the southern most state capital of the United States of a America, making 2016 the first time this has occurred in NCAA history.
Yes, this blog a veritable smorgasbord of geographical minutiae. You’re very welcome.
But what else?
How about a slightly truncated maps of the continental USA? Sorry for cutting you out of the picture Rossi Bruno (133 MICH) & Clark Glass (165 OU) of greater Tampa and Jamal Morris (133 NCST), Josh DaSilveira (197 ASU), Earl Hall (133 ISU) & Patricio Lugo (149 EDIN) of South Florida.
Now let’s zoom in for a closer, regional look.
The West Coast.
Chicagoland. Quick caveat – some of the single pins actually represent multiple wrestlers from the same hometown. Sorry, limitations of the free trial version of the software I’m using).
Pittsburgh (lot’s of hometowns with multiple wrestlers here, just fyi)
The DMV – Pretty skimpy here in the Capital of the Free World, unfortunatley
Denver (add plus 1 in Colorado Springs)
The Valley of the Sun
Fresno State’s future home turf
South Cali brah
So like, the Twin Cities then, yah?
Upstate New York (what happened to this place?)
The Mighty PA
The Land of Handsome Gentlemen
The Center of the Universe
Where the milk came from when I was in high school
Puke City, USA
OK I need to take a break. But I have more maps on the way, thanks to the nifty and recently improved heat map function. Stay tuned!