Jaroslav’s Friday Tweetbag

The monstupolous Coach Mike Riordan tweeted me some questions about NCAA wrestling. Let’s see if I can answer them.

Tweet #1

I don’t think so. In fact, I think you can make a better case that Ohio has surpassed Pennsylvania, at least when it comes to top tier talent.

We all know Pennsylvania sends more qualifiers to the NCAAs every year than any other state. Here’s a comparison of the top 9 states over the last 2 years. Screenshot 2016-03-11 at 4.05.55 PM.png

But there are also more D1 programs in the keystone state, including many public schools, and it has been speculated that the high number of qualifiers may be partly due to the greater number of opportunities for Pennsylvania high schoolers to find D1 roster spots.

To test that theory, we can look at only the top 8 seeds from the past two NCAA tournaments. Screenshot 2016-03-11 at 4.10.17 PM.png

As the graph illustrates, Ohio’s quality has a leg up over Pennsylvania’s quantity.

Of course, there are infinite ways of slicing the data and each iteration will tell a slightly different story. It’s also worth keeping in mind that there will always be some random year to year variation, and I’ve only looked at two years worth of data, so we shouldn’t make too much of any trends. The numbers are worth keeping an eye on, though, and I’ll try to look at a broader time frame in the future.

As for whether it’s good that one state is “better” than another at wrestling, eh, doesn’t really matter to me. As long as the sport is in rude health in any state, I’m happy. Illinois can be better than Ohio or vice versa, whatevs. I don’t have much of an opinion on either state to be honest.

Question #2

Beats me. My knowledge of college basketball is scanty at best. Especially when it comes to Georgetown. More like Hoya Suxa, am I right? Hahaha, good one, Hasek.

Things concludes the inaugural edition of Jaroslav’s Friday Tweetbag. Feel free to send more tweets about wrestling anytime you like. It doesn’t even have to be on Friday.


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