Syracuse, NY – New York State High School wrestling teams will have a clearer look in the next two seasons.
The Central Committee of the State Athletic Association for the State Athletic Public in New York on Wednesday approved a two-year probationary period to reduce the number of scholastic weight classes from 15 to 13 years. by the State Wrestling Committee.
The committee started the lowest weight class, 99 pounds, and converted several others. Previously, classifications were 99, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285.
New are 102, 110, 118, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 172, 189, 215, 285.
This problem was caused by the difficulties that some smaller schools had with the full deployment of the teams, especially at lower weights. These units were forced to start meeting by six points for the lost weight class.
Phoenix coach Gene Mills said his team regularly dropped two classes to meet last year, putting his team in a 12-point hole.
“If there were 10 weight classes, almost any of these schools could (fill in the entire list),” Mills said. “Now you have to find 15 children who have work ethic, pride. It (stinks) for large schools that actually have these numbers, but for many other schools it is difficult (to compile a complete series). “
Some programs target younger wrestlers of varying variability who may not be prepared for action with variability to fill lighter slots. The NYSPHSAA reported last year that 719 wrestlers were certified in the 99-pound weight class. Of the 719, 532 were seven, eight and ninth graders.
Jeffrey Waldron, a Fulton powerhouse coach, has no problem with the depth of the schedule, but said he understands the rationale for the move.
“If it’s good for the sport, I won’t fight it just because it’s not good for Fulton,” he said. “I think it will level the playing field a bit for schools trying to fill weight classes.”
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