Coaches vote in favor of National Duals proposal

On Saturday, 39 of 77 Division I head wrestling coaches voted in favor of a proposal to have the NCAA team championship decided by a 16-team dual meet event. Since the majority voted in favor of the proposal, it will now be reviewed by the NCAA Championships Cabinet during a three-day meeting that gets underway on Monday. If the proposal passes, it could go into effect during the 2013-14 season.

NWCA president and Cornell head wrestling coach Rob Koll sent a letter on behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors to the Division I head wrestling coaches with the results of the vote and what needs to happen for the proposal to pass and go into effect.

To: DI Wrestling Coaches
Fr: NWCA President Rob Koll on behalf of NWCA Board of Directors
Re: Vote on National Duals Proposal

On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, I want to thank everyone for sharing your thoughts and concerns regarding the National Duals proposal over the past 4 weeks or so. All 77 DI head wrestling coaches did vote and the results are as follows:

  • 39 in favor of moving forward with the National Duals proposal
  • 36 opposed
  • 2 abstained

    Please know we have listened closely to all concerns and they have been communicated to the NCAA Wrestling Committee (the committee that will shepherd the National Duals proposal to NCAA Championships Cabinet for review on September 11). In light of the recent DI coaches affirmative vote, we are going to maintain the NWCA's endorsement of the proposal but we will be sure to communicate the recurring concerns that many of you have expressed so they can be considered by the Championship Cabinet.

    This National Duals proposal still has a long way to go before anything is finalized. It will championed by the NCAA Wrestling Committee and NCAA staff members from this point going forward and will be thoroughly reviewed and discussed by conference commissioners, athletic administrators, NCAA staff members, and ultimately a group of Presidents. This vetting process takes time and I believe whatever the outcome might be, it is clear that many more coaches now understand the importance of being much more involved with the NWCA initiatives, our Board of Directors, and our committee infrastructure. In fact, I will do everything possible to facilitate an initial meeting with all DI coaches in Chicago (October 23/24 assuming that works with everyone's schedule) so we can begin talking about wrestling challenges, committee assignments, and so forth.

    In summary, our sport has many challenges in front of it. Now, more than ever, we need to be united and committed to rolling up our sleeves to develop viable solutions to our sport's greatest threats. I will communicate back to everyone with an update of what happens at the Championship Cabinet meeting next week.
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    spencerszewczyk (1) about 5 and a half years ago
    ironic that a majority of coaches who voted in favor of this new proposal are coaches from teams that will never even qualify for the national duals. genius.
    Cleveland1964 (1) about 5 and a half years ago
    Spencer - Please tell us which school those are. There always upsets in
    duals. Plus, if your desire is to have wrestling grow and increase visibility, then you can't continue to do the same thing and expect different results.
    spencerszewczyk (1) about 5 and a half years ago
    what upsets? the only upsets are when two top programs wrestle each other. i can assure you there is zero chance of a 16 seed upsetting a team like iowa or penn state or minnesota. they don't have the recruits. how exactly does this increase visibility? there already is a national duals and no one attends and no one cares. so their idea to generate more interest is to devaluate the individual tournament, which generates all the interest and all the money for the sport and put more value into a national duals that has no interest and generates no revenue whatsoever.
    mray1 (1) about 5 and a half years ago
    I know as someone who attends the NCAA's every year that I will not be able to attend the Dual Meet Tourney because I am a coach. This means that many of the kids and coaches who normally attend the NCAA's will also be excluded due to prior committments. 39-36 does not sound like a definitive number.
    spencerszewczyk (1) about 5 and a half years ago
    there are 77 d1 wrestling programs, and no matter how big or small the program is, they can still at least qualify one wrestler for the individual tournament and represent their school at the ncaa's. what you're doing by putting all the emphasis into a national duals is reducing the number of competing schools from 77 to 16. how exactly does this grow the sport?
    Cleveland1964 (1) about 5 and a half years ago
    I know doing what we always have been doing isn't going to change things either. The team that only sent 1 or 2 wrestlers to the NCAA's in the past never had a chance to win anything before either. We're still having the individual tournament, right?