2017 COLORADO JV STATE INVITATIONAL- 02/04/1707 Feb 2017
By Melanie Johnson ICW Staff
The JV State Invitational was held at Northglenn H.S. A two day tournament that was host to 604 wrestlers, add the 56 girls in the Girls State Championships, and you have almost 700 wrestlers that hit the mats in a two day period. The JV tournament has been held at Northglenn H.S. for the last 14 yrs. and it’s definitely seen some changes through its course. The competition has gotten much tougher and the tournament has grown in numbers. Several of the Coaches felt there were more varsity wrestlers attending and the number of talented incoming freshman has really grown this year. With that being said, it was a perfect opportunity to talk with a few coaches about the recent topic of discussion being tossed around regarding teams being able to take two wrestlers per weights to regionals to qualify for State. The majority that I spoke with, who wish to remain anonymous had mixed feelings about the idea.
As one coach put it, “We’re a small team and I don’t have 2 deep in the room at a lot of weights that I think are really ready to wrestle at the regional tournament and if someone else is sending 2 wrestlers from the same team, it minimizes the chance for my wrestler or anybody else with a smaller team to try and qualify for State”. Another Coach was all about the idea of taking two wrestlers to regionals. His thoughts “I have quite a few in my program who are wrestling off and some losing by one maybe two points, even going back and forth between JV and Varsity until we stop wrestle offs. It’s a struggle to keep some of the kids that don’t get a chance to go to regionals, especially if they have wrestled Varsity during the season and they are showing they are just as good as the kid that’s actually going”. “You want competitive kids in the room, they make each other better but for one wrestler there is no pay off for all their hard work”. He said he brought 3 wrestlers to the JV tourney, all 3 had actually made the varsity line up this year but didn’t make the final cut to go to regionals. He thought they were getting some pretty good competition at the JV tourney, so he felt like they were ending their season on the positive side.