Indiana High School Athletic Association officials announced today the state team-wrestling tournament will be discontinued following the 2011-12 season.
The move was not a total surprise. The state’s wrestling coaches and officials have known for nearly two years the IHSAA was studying the tournament’s viability in light of a significant drop in attendance and that some coaches held their top wrestlers out of it to better prepare them for the individual tournament series. The IHSAA’s executive committee voted 14-0 to drop the tournament, according to a news release.
“Interest in the team series has diminished over the past several years, particularly at the team state finals,” IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox said in a statement. “The concurrent running of both the team and individual tournaments created a hardship among advancing student-athletes and in some instances, produced undesirable results.”
The IHSAA will revert back to the way it determined a team champion prior to 1996: By a point system used at the individual tournament. Regional and semistate champions will be determined at their tournaments in the same manner. Perry Meridian High School on the Indianapolis Far Southside won the 2011 team state title, but Crown Point in northwestern Indiana would have won it under this system, with Indian Creek High School in Johnson County a close second.