****I realize this is a very small sample size. I don’t have time to do a larger sample size, if you want to then please go ahead and have at it****
After I realized that 7 of 8 of this years world team members had made the US team within a year of graduating college I really wondered if there was something more to this. So what I decided to do was a very unprofessional statistical analysis of the US Teams performance vs when they graduated college. What I looked for was when was an athletes best WTT performance vs when did he graduate college? The results were stunning, 23 of the 32 wrestlers who placed top 4 at this years WTT had their best WTT finish within a year of graduation college.
As I will detail in a video blog to go along with this post very few of these guys improved after focusing exclusively on freestyle after their collegiate careers. I don’t know what the answer is to this equation. Maybe it is that when men graduate college their are at their physical peaks, maybe they get scouted, maybe the freestyle training system is failing our athletes, maybe guys get lazy when they get off the college grind.
The next thing I looked at was how many guys who have made multiple US teams have improved upon their finishes at the World Championships. 6(Ramos, Metcalf, Burroughs, Herbert, Bergman and Dlagnev) of the 8 guys(Ramos, Humphrey, Metcalf, Burroughs, Herbert, Varner, Bergman, and Dlagnev) had their best finish on their first try at the WC’s. For 5 of them this came within 1 year of wrestling their last collegiate match. So this got me thinking, why aren’t guys improving? Is the grind of the folkstyle season what it takes to keep the mind and body strong?
I don’t have answer, so maybe you can give me some!!!
Check out my video blog on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNZQfofx3cI