sadly Bfan, to get points in the NCAA tourney you need AAs. there are 80 AAs, top 8 finishes in the tourney earning placement points for their teams
based on current weight class rankings, only McKee looks to make AA. Looks like the gophers will score somewhere around 25 points, placing the team 20 or lower. Gophers would need a few wrestlers to way over perform to make a top 15 team score.
looks like even Roger Kish's NDSU will beat out the gophers in the tourney. time to consider bringing either Kish or Hahn home
I'm not connected to the wrestling community, so I don't know if you are a fringe opinion or if you are speaking for a broader audience. GopherHole can be one source of sentiment from people who know more than average.
I think there are a few ways to measure this.
One is the quality of recruiting at a program that historically has produced many great teams. That ebbs and flows over time for any school. I did post the recruits coming in
, including bronze medalist Max McEnelly
who I believe is the top ranked 195 in America.
Last year Gable Steveson
of Minnesota Gophers was the greatest wrestler in the world, literally, winning the NCAA tournament wrestling for Minnesota and winning the Gold Medal before that. In fact, he probably makes the list of the more famous wrestlers
in history -- several which came from Minnesota like Brock Lesnar and Verne Gagne.
The team finished 11th at the NCAA Tournament, missing 10th by .5 points.
Top teams in any sport, such as Duke in basketball, will vary year to year in how good they are. That's all I have to say about having a good perspective. Others would know.
I'm enjoying this season and will be going to the match against #17 Illinois today. I have no complaints. I'm just a spectator.