With state championship season upon us, TOM will be taking a look into some of the biggest state tournaments in the country throughout the next few weeks.
We’ll start with one of my favorites, Indiana. The Hoosier state in one of the few that have a single class format and therefore only one state champion at each weight class. Since there is only one class wrestlers need to go through a grueling qualification system just to earn a berth in the state “finals,” including a run through the sectional, regional, then semi-state.
Indiana is not without its quirks, as semifinal losers drop down into the third-place bout. First-round losers are not able to wrestle back and those that lose in the quarters can only hope for fifth-place. When you are looking at the results of this tournament, one needs to really inspect the brackets, because a rough first round match could lead to a quality wrestler not placing.
Here’s a look at some of the interesting items from the Indiana State Championships.
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