New weight class proposal

Rod Frisco had a post on his website - rodfrisco.com - about the proposed change of weight classes. Here is his report:

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) has a new wrestling weight class proposal on the table for the second straight year, and the PIAA executive staff likes the new weight classes.

Here are the proposed weight classes, known as Option A in NFHS parlance:


The PIAA executive staff will recommend Option A to the PIAA Board of Directors when they meet in the PIAA Board Room near Mechanicsburg on Thursday.

The upshot: Option A (which is the only option available other than the current weight classes) raises the first five weights slightly, enough to eliminate one of the current middle weights, and adds an upper weight.

My opinion: The new weight classes make sense. The PIAA is right on the money with the recommendation.

The move from 103 to 106 is not a huge change and keeps the heralded “little guy” in place. The gradual increase that leads to the elimination of one of the middle weights is overdue. The big question is whether an additional upper weight was needed. I’m ambivalent about that (Ive been in favor of a reduction to 13 weights), but Option A is a very good alternative.

Assuming the PIAA Board accepts the executive staff recommendation, here’s what would have to occur before the new weights would be implemented at a date to be determined by NFHS:

The PIAA must report its recommendation to NFHS by March 1. Following compilation of those nationwide recommendations, the NFHS’ wrestling rules committee will meet in Indianapolis from April 4-6 to discuss and vote on the change. Of course, they won’t tell anyone what the vote is because that’s the ridiculous way NFHS conducts its business.

Following the rules committee vote, the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee will review the selected weight class option. If Option A is affirmed, it will move to the NFHS Board of Directors for final approval.

So, there are plenty of rocks for the new weight classes to trip over. But given the fact that the issue had legs last year before eventually being rejected, it stands at least a fighting chance this year.


Anonymous Coach Brian Krenzelak said...

Every thing looks good except for the additional upper weight. I am in favor of weight class reduction.

Monday, February 07, 2011 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More upper weights equal more fat sloppy high school kids in singlets and poor technique. The higher you go in weight the more boring the sport gets, sorry that's the truth. Why do you think everybody leaves the gym before the heavyweights start to wrestle?

Monday, February 07, 2011 6:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reply By punishthis"People are getting bigger not smaller" Yes - we are a nation of OVERWEIGHT adults and children. So let's discriminate against healthy boys in favor of OVERWEIGHT boys. There should be a place for everyone - little, big, fat and skinny. I also like their excuse that it is too hard to fill the 103 - check out any youth tournament - yes the lightest weight is usually a smaller group - but usually the heaviest 2 or 3 classes have just as few or fewer.

Monday, February 07, 2011 9:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets throw some stats at this little guy sport: Don't like the upper weight classes because of fat people and everybody leaves...Ok, we get it...little man.

***avg weight for all wt. classes:
160 lbs
***Number of wt. classes below 160:
8 or 62% - Looks skewed to the little man still
***Number of wt. classes above 160:
5 or 38% - Looks still skewed to the little man
Average weight difference between the wt. classes below 160:
7 pounds
Average weight difference between the wt. classes above 160 even throwing out the difference at Hwy weight:
15 pounds - still in favor of the little man

Yes - to the guy who post earlier...you will be ok, it is still a little man sport.

Don't you think it odd when Hwt finishes wrestling and the 103 pounders jump on the mat and they like the size of one of the Heavy Weight's legs. It just cracks me up.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It also cracks me up when a heavyweights boob fall out of his singlet.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 5:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

West Mifflin tourny had 24 teams entered and only 8 103 lbers showed up.Kids are just gettin bigger.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahaha boobs falling out!!!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

Enough boob jokes. It's not that funny.

I do agree that adding an upper weight is going to mean, as one coach put, more football players coming out to wrestle.

I'd be in favor of cutting the weight to 13 and starting at 106. It's just too hard to find a 103-pounder in high school.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 5:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes it is Joe. Relax and enjoy like stiff boy!

Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:31:00 AM  

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