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Calculating the Top 25 High School Wrestling States

By Adrian Troyer, guest contributor

One way of judging the quality of high school wrestling in a particular state is by looking at the depth of top quality individuals in that state. Top quality individuals are indicative of good programs and a competitive environment.

As an outsider, I can objectively say that TOM does an excellent job with its national high school Top 20 individual rankings. They are extensively researched and compiled very logically. As I did last year for a discussion board topic, I have used a point system to identify both frequency and quality of top individuals in each state as one way to evaluate that state’s relative high school wrestling strength.

Using TOM’s rankings of 470 individuals nationally, I gave each state 10 points for an individual that appears in the Top 20 and 5 points for an individual appearing in the honorable mention section. Additionally, I added 20 points for a #1 ranking, 19 for a #2 ranking, 18 for #3, and so on, down to 1 point for a #20 ranking. So, a #20 position equals 11 points total and a #1 position equals 30 points total. These points give each state a “Total Depth” rating.

After this, I calculated the number of points scored for each state per 1 million residents of that state. I call this the “Wrestling-Crazy” rating. It essentially shows the Top 25 states’ quality per ca pita. In other words, regardless of population, how ‘into’ wrestling is each state.

Finally, I compiled an Overall Top 25 HS Wrestling States that synthesizes the two ratings for equal value (total strength plus ‘craziness’).

Only states with at least 5 individuals ranked were considered.

Overall Top 25 High School Wrestling States
(Average of “Total Depth” and “Wrestling Crazy”)

  1. Pennsylvania 96.2
  2. Iowa 80.0
  3. Minnesota 70.6
  4. Ohio 70.4
  5. Illinois 60.5
  6. California 42.7
  7. Oklahoma 41.6
  8. New Jersey 37.3
  9. Indiana 35.4
  10. Michigan 31.7
  11. Wisconsin 30.0
  12. Nebraska 29.2
  13. Oregon 28.4
  14. Missouri 27.6
  15. Virginia 26.0
  16. Maryland 21.5
  17. Florida 20.6
  18. Nevada 15.1
  19. Georgia 14.8
  20. Washington 14.5
  21. New York 10.7
  22. Kansas 10.2
  23. North Carolina 8.0
  24. Texas 6.2
  25. Tennessee 6.1

Total Depth
(Total raw points, times 0.13)

  1. Pennsylvania 121.1
  2. Ohio 85.4
  3. Illinois 76.3
  4. California 71.1
  5. Minnesota 58.5
  6. Iowa 46.3
  7. New Jersey 40.3
  8. Michigan 36.0
  9. Indiana 32.8
  10. Florida 29.5
  11. Oklahoma 27.8
  12. Virginia 26.8
  13. Wisconsin 25.9
  14. Missouri 24.6
  15. Oregon 19.2
  16. Maryland 18.7
  17. Georgia 16.7
  18. New York 15.5
  19. Washington 13.7
  20. Nebraska 11.5
  21. Texas 9.6
  22. North Carolina 8.9
  23. Nevada 8.0
  24. Kansas 5.6
  25. Tennessee 5.6

“Wrestling-Crazy” Rating
(Total points per million state residents)

  1. Iowa 113.8
  2. Minnesota 82.6
  3. Pennsylvania 71.4
  4. Oklahoma 55.5
  5. Ohio 55.5
  6. Nebraska 47.
  7. Illinois 44.6
  8. Indiana 38.0
  9. Oregon 37.6
  10. New Jersey 34.4
  11. Wisconsin 34.1
  12. Missouri 30.7
  13. Michigan 27.3
  14. Virginia 25.1
  15. Maryland 24.3
  16. Nevada 22.2
  17. Washington 15.3
  18. Kansas 14.7
  19. California 14.3
  20. Georgia 12.9
  21. Florida 11.8
  22. North Carolina 7.0
  23. Tennessee 6.6
  24. New York 6.0
  25. Texas 2.9