In year's past, the Division I Northwest wrestling district was unique because of the method it chose its teams for the sectionals.
A few weeks before the postseason, coaches got together with the district board and they would seed all the teams from 1 to 22.
Based on the seedings, the district board would divide up the field for the two sectional tournaments — kind of like a draft. The teams that weren't seeded were used to fill up the fields.
The reason the Northwest District did this was to make sure that one sectional tournament wasn't stronger than the other.
This year, that has changed.
According to Jamie Baker of the Northwest District Wrestlng Blog, the Division I NW District went back to a geographic format. The Toledo schools will compete in the Start Sectional, while the other schools, such as Sandusky and Fremont Ross, will compete in the Rogers Sectional.
According to Baker, no reason has been given for the change by the Northwest District board. I have not yet contacted Sandusky coach Conor Whelan or anyone else affected by this change, but I plan on doing so as I work on my latest wrestling notebook for Fandy.com Magazine.
This isn't official, but my guess is that the economy may have something to do with it. Slotting the teams geopgrahically may make more sense for the schools as they factor in gas costs and travel time and all of that stuff.
It will be interesting to see what happens next year, not only with this sectional proceedings, but also with the districts. Since the Northwest Division I teams only have two sectionals, they have taken on two of the Northeast Sectionals and have flip-flopped district sites. This year, the Northeast hosts at Mentor. Next year, if this continues, the Northwest District may have to find a centrally-located school or site for the Northeast schools..
I just found out that the Brakeman Report was released. I haven't checked it out yet. Expect somethings from myself or Anthony in future editions of the Register and/or Fandy.com Magazine.