In this episode, MatStats discusses the robust state of collegiate wrestling, showcasing a surge in the number of teams and participants, especially in smaller private schools and NCWA, underscoring the positive impact of women's wrestling on the sport. Key trends revealed include a notable growth in NCAA D2 and D3 divisions and a 6.28X higher rate of new teams compared to reinstated ones from 2000 to 10/5/23. The episode also delves into the potential impacts of NCAA D1 conference realignment and the Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rule on wrestling, suggesting a focus on small private schools and women's teams for future growth.
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About Mat Stats
Welcome to the NWCA’s latest venture to help our favorite sport. Glenn Gormley, Jason Bryant and Kevin Hazard outline their effort to bring statistical analysis to wrestling. Mat Stats is the NWCA’s attempt to bring wrestling up to speed with so many other sports by incorporating stats. It is the same sport, the wrestlers are just older and better.