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    15 Years Later: How the 2006 Offseason Changed College Wrestling (Part Two: Iowa and Virginia Tech)

    After the 2006 offseason, the landscape of college wrestling would never be the same again. That statement sounds like hyperbole, but it's true. During the spring and summer of 2006, 15 head coaching positions at the DI level were opened and were filled. At the time, that accounted for almost 20% of the DI schools in the nation. And they weren't just any vacancies; they were at some of the most prestigious wrestling schools in the country. In fact, the head coaches that have accounted for EVERY NCAA team title since 2008 changed jobs during that offseason. Some programs regained their status as national powers. Others started their ascend towards new heights, while some faded towards obscurity. After 15 years, it's time for the most comprehensive look at the biggest game of musical chairs that college wrestling has ever seen. Each of the schools below hired a new head coach in 2006.

    Air Force, Binghamton, Chattanooga, Clarion, Eastern Michigan, Hofstra, Iowa, Iowa State, Ohio State, Oregon State, Princeton, UNC-Greensboro, Utah Valley, Virginia, Virginia Tech

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