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The Hypothetical Division I Wrestling Super League

I’m not sure if any of you wrestling fans are soccer enthusiasts as well, but suffice to say, it’s been a strange couple of weeks (and a public relations nightmare) in the soccer world. 

On April 18, ESPN reported rumblings that 12 top clubs around Europe intended to form a breakaway Super League in which they’d compete, consequence-free, outside the UEFA Champions League where these teams were all currently competing.

Within a matter of days, this grandiose and revolutionary plan for a 15-team soccer Super League of sorts folded as teams pulled out in the face of public scrutiny and backlash.

While the soccer Super League is no more, it got me thinking….

If such a Super League were formed for college wrestling at the Division I level, who are the 16 teams that would make the cut?

For clarification, there is zero indication such a scenario would or could ever materialize, but here are the 16 teams I would want to break away from the NCAA and form a Super League if it were up to me. 

The 16 teams I would choose (in alphabetical order) for my hypothetical Division I wrestling Super League.

The A-Team

  1. Arizona State
  2. Cornell
  3. Iowa
  4. Iowa State
  5. Lehigh
  6. Michigan 
  7. Minnesota 
  8. Missouri
  9. NC State
  10. Northern Iowa
  11. Penn State
  12. Pitt
  13. Ohio State 
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. Rutgers

Here are the 16 teams I would choose (in alphabetical order) for my hypothetical Division I wrestling Alternate Super League. (B Team) 

The B Team

  1. Army
  2. Clarion
  3. Edinboro 
  4. Illinois
  5. Lock Haven 
  6. Michigan State 
  7. Navy
  8. Nebraska
  9. North Carolina
  10. North Dakota State
  11. Northwestern
  12. Oregon State
  13. Princeton
  14. Stanford
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Wisconsin

I based my selections primarily on the following criteria:

+ Most Successful Programs (Currently and Historically)

+ Program Following and Fan Base Support (Currently and Historically)

+ Geographic Location or Region

Did I get the A-Team and B-Team right? Was I totally wrong? Let me know!

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