Executive Committee approves a two year pilot program to change the at-large procedure for the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championship
SOURCE: nysphsaa.org
October 21, 2020


ARMDRAG NOTE: For 2020-21 (if there's even a season), both Sections V & VI will received TWO automatic qualifiers per weight, per division. This means that there will be a "True Second" round, if necessary, at the NYS qualifier.

Wrestling Automatic Qualifier Procedure:

Wrestling Coordinator Marty Sherman explained the proposal and had two sub-committee members in the meeting as well (Israel Martinez & Bill Kays). Mike Andrew applauded the work of the committee but struggled with the at large system being put in place years ago as a result of litigation and legislation and now it was being proposed to change it.

What will you do when there is room for an athlete to wrestle when byes are open for a deserving athlete. Israel addressed the byes noting other states use brackets open for byes and said this proposal also addressed byes early in the tournament instead of late (into semifinal matches).

Bill Kays also explained it was time to grow the sport, different from years ago with the at-large. This proposal puts a premium on winning your way to the State Tournament. Robert indicated the point system is not equitable and athletes were chasing points with geography aiding certain wrestlers. This allows for the best to go straight to the State Tournament without dealing with points.

Mike did not disagree with the concept; he was just concerned about future scenarios with byes. Greg also indicated Mike’s point is valid and thought we should let the Executive Committee know there could be issues down the road with the byes.

MOTION by Patricia to support the proposal.
SECOND by Mike McCarthy. CARRIED 10-0