#BraggingRights: 1A State

Who’s the best?

We can know who the best is in wrestling. But what parts of the country, or state, are better than another, that’s a little harder to pin down.

Sure, it’s possible to have a gut reaction to the question.

I like the data myself.

So, while we’re in summer mode and posting camp flyers on Facebook pages and (hopefully) getting schedules for the coming year, and all of our records updates are done for 2020-21, and we’re in between big events like Disney and Fargo, we’ve got the time to crunch the numbers to answer the big questions.

What part of Florida is best in 1A?

For the smaller schools, the numbers don’t lie. South Florida — in particular the Atlantic side of south Florida — dominates the scene.

We looked at three different measuring sticks. In all three cases, the Region 4 teams in 1A far outpaced the rest of the state, when taking a look at the 2020-21 data, based upon the classifications as they were last year.

There’s the tried-and-true method: which region scored the most points?

Behind five of the top six teams at Silver Spurs, Region 4 rolled up nearly double the points of any other region, with just nine teams that scored.

  • Region 4 (9 scoring teams): 679.5 points
  • Region 2 (13): 389.5
  • Region 1 (18): 341
  • Region 3 (19): 278

We could stop right there and call this fight, but hey, let’s look at the other two measuring sticks, since I did spend a good couple hours writing out the numbers after all.

How about state medals?

Well, Region 4 was pretty OK here, too. Most champions. Most runners-up. Most fourth-place medals. Tied for most fifth-place medals. They were the only region to sweep the top 4 in any given weight (at 138 pounds, with the Region 4 THIRD, Somerset graduate Chase Gillis, winning the state title).

  • Region 4: 35 medals (8 1st, 8 2nd, 4 3rd, 8 4th, 4 5th, 3 6th).
  • Region 2: 20 medals (1 1st, 4 2nd, 6 3rd, 4 4th, 4 5th, 1 6th).
  • Region 1: 18 medals (2 1st, 1 2nd, 4 3rd, 0 4th, 2 5th, 9 6th).
  • Region 3: 11 medals (3 1st, 1 2nd, 0 3rd, 2 4th, 4 5th, 1 6th).

I also like to look at the depth each region has. Particularly in 1A, Region 2 used to dominate the gold medal count, but sometimes the rest of the region wasn’t quite able to hold up.

One measuring indicator I use is to calculate the depth of each region by compiling the win-loss records of each region’s 56 qualifiers.

And here, too, it wasn’t much of a contest for long. Region 4 raced out to a decisive lead through the first three weights, and just kept extending it from there. The region had no weight class — not one — that had a combined record of less than .500. Here were the overall numbers.

  • Region 4: 145-87
  • Region 2: 100-102
  • Region 1: 93-111
  • Region 3: 68-106.

So there you have it. Yes, Mark Twain said there were three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics, but in this case, the statistics tell no lies. It was a Region 4 world.

We’ll take a look at 2A tomorrow.

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