#AskNWW Wrestling Q&A No. 6: Girls wrestling and Badgers chat

Another week, another awesome chance to talk wrestling with all of you.

As always, a huge thank you to those who submitted questions.

You can join-in on the fun by using #AskNWW on Twitter, emailing me at nwwreslte@gmail.com or by commenting on any of the posts on this site throughout the week.

Alright, let’s dig in!

From Brian Walters (via Twitter): 

Let’s stick with the over/under game. Years until girls wrestling is a WIAA sport: O/U 3.5 years. 

Hi Brian, thanks for another great question. They are always appreciated.

As I discussed with Jimmie Kaska of the Big 1070 in Madison this week (shameless plug), this a very popular topic.

I struggle to put an exact timeframe on this for two reasons:

  1. There are a lot of variables in this process.
  2. I am, admittedly, not as connected on the potential timeline of this as I should be.

Assuming your count of “years” begins with 2020, I’ll guess under. I think by 2023, girls wrestling will be a WIAA-sanctioned sport, if that is what those leading the charge desire.

That’s a point I didn’t really touch on in last week’s Q&A that I would like to float here.

To a fairly large extent, state championships for girls wrestling in Wisconsin are already happening. This is thanks, in large part, to the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation.

While I understand that, for better or worse, WIAA sanctioning seems to add credibility to a sport, I’m not entirely sure it is absolutely necessary.

Does girls wrestling have to be a school-sponsored, WIAA sport to be great? I don’t think so. But I completely get why that is the route many want to take in this instance.

I think the sport is going to continue to grow whether the WIAA hops on board or not. But if those in charge of girls wrestling in our state want sanctioning, they should absolutely pursue it.

Let me reach out to a couple people who know far more about this than I do and I’ll get circle back on this in a future post.

From Troy (via article comment)

It was clear tonight that Ohio State was controlling the ties preventing Wisconsin from getting to their offense.

It looked like Ohio State had the strength advantage at most of the weights. Do you know what Wisconsin’s lifting program looks like?

Hey Troy, thanks for reading and thank you for this question.

I’m going to start with the boring part of my answer: No, I am not privy to what Wisconsin’s weight training program looks like. I’m just aware they have one (which shouldn’t be news to anyone).

I will say, however, you are not the first person to bring this up. I had several people comment on the contrasts in “builds” of the wrestlers between Iowa and Wisconsin during that dual back in December.

While there are many cautionary tales about judging a book by its cover, it seemed pretty clear in both the Iowa and Ohio State duals that the non-UW wrestlers were just built differently than Wisconsin’s guys.

How much of that can be attributed to the lifting program? As an outsider, it’s hard to say exactly. But I think that’s part of it.

Keep in mind, this is only the second season of the Chris Bono regime. It takes time to implement these things, especially since there is a chance Wisconsin was already behind in that regard upon Bono’s arrival.

I look at a guy like Jared Krattiger and that’s the build I envision when I think of future Wisconsin wrestlers. The guy wrestled 182 in high school, hit the weights, put on a noticeable amount of muscle and now wrestles 174 at the college level, stronger than ever (at least in terms of appearance).

Rest assured, there is plenty of work happening in that weight room. It’s just going to take some time for Bono and his staff to shape the program as they see fit, both literally and figuratively.

From Luke Louison (via Twitter)

Was Sebastian getting pulled throwing up the white flag Friday night? What would it have taken to get him to wrestle?

Thanks for the question, Luke. And thanks for letting me add this to the hopper for this week’s Q&A.

Full disclosure: I am paraphrasing this question from a Twitter conversation Luke and I had last night that I wanted to bring to light here.

So, to quickly rehash the situation, Wisconsin was trailing Ohio State 14-10 last night heading into the match at 184 pounds. This was one of three bouts remaining in the dual.

Redshirt freshman Tyler Dow got the starting nod against OSU’s Rocky Jordan rather than sixth-year senior No. 13 Johnny Sebastian.

Dow got teched and it all but sealed the dual for the Buckeyes.

OK, now that we’re all caught up, I had the same thought as I watched the dual last night.

Not to single the guy out, but Sebastian not wrestling was at least an eight-point swing in the dual score as far as I’m concerned. Assuming 197 would have played out the same way (an OSU win by tech) the dual victory still could have potentially been in reach, if Sebastian wrestled.

As poorly as things went for UW in the middle matches last night, there was still a path to victory. But that path undoubtedly included Sebastian.

However, Sebastian has been on a pitch count most of the year due to his extensive injury history.

To answer your question, I don’t think this was UW throwing up the white flag. Here’s what Bono said after the match:

“Man, we just have to get him (Sebastian) healthy. He’s healthy, but we need him 100 percent. I’m not putting him out there 80, 90, 98, 99 percent. At some point, when your shoulders or your knees are a little sore, I’m not risking him. 

The goal at the beginning of the year was 100 percent health by March. And that’s what we’re doing, even if it costs us a couple matches during the season. The kid deserves to be healthy in March and that’s what we’re doing.”

My read on that is: Sebastian was not going to partake in yesterday’s festivities, regardless of the score.

I’ll let all of you draw your own conclusions.




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