Section Team Tournament time

I have always approached this week in wrestling as a "So What?" week because this is the start of the wrestling postseason. What kicks it off  - the Section Team Tournament - is not much of an elimination but more of a seeding process.
In each Class AAA and AA section, teams wrestle for seeding for the WPIAL Team Tournament, which begins the following week. Only one team from each section - the loser of the dual meet between the two third-place finishers - is eliminated in the section team events that are set for Wednesday. The good thing from the WPIAL perspective is that money is generated from it. The good part for wrestling teams is that they have more flexibility in scheduling.
I have mixed feelings about this. Yes, the Section Team Tournament is a money producer for the WPIAL and it seems a waste of time and effort if only 7 of the 42 teams wrestling are eliminated.
But because of the sub-section format, teams don't have to wrestle seven section matches, maybe four or five at most, depending on the number of teams in the sub-section.
Scheduling points can be used for more dual meets, a dual meet tournament or for another tournament. The goal should be stronger competition. For now, I am willing to slog through this week and consider it the price you pay for having more freedom in the previous six.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya I dont think the kids who win section tournaments feel its a "so what" event, its a big deal for a team to win a section, especially for some of the schools who have not had success in wrestling recently or ever.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Tuscano said...

Yeah, I probably was too critical there. It is an accomplishment.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this be 13 or 14 for Canon Mac if they do not get upset???

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 8:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canon Mac has not lost a section championship since 2001.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 2:21:00 PM  

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