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#BraggingRights: 2A 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 2A?

For the medium-ranged schools, one might expect the data to tell us something. What the data tells us is…it’s too close to call?

We looked at three different measuring sticks. Each measuring stick led to a different conclusion, but all three were clear on one thing: it was an extraordinarily close fight between Regions 2 and 3.

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

Although Region 2 had five of the state’s top seven 2A teams at Silver Spurs, Region 3 had the 1-2 spots and, also, a bit more balance from 8 on down through the mid-20s in the team classification.

  • Region 3 (14 scoring teams): 631.5 points
  • Region 2 (13): 613
  • Region 1 (19): 258
  • Region 4 (13): 187.5

How about state medals?

As we all saw, Regions 2 and 3 controlled the scene here, too. Region 2 had more champs, Region 3 more finalists. As the numbers came down, both had the same number of medals.

  • Region 2: 32 medals (7 1st, 5 2nd, 5 3rd, 6 4th, 5 5th, 4 6th).
  • Region 3: 32 medals (6 1st, 7 2nd, 4 3rd, 6 4th, 5 5th, 4 6th).
  • Region 1: 13 medals (1 1st, 0 2nd, 4 3rd, 2 4th, 3 5th, 3 6th).
  • Region 4: 7 medals (0 1st, 2 2nd, 1 3rd, 0 4th, 1 5th, 3 6th).

I also like to look at the depth each region has. 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, the race was incredibly close. Region 2 didn’t fully push ahead until 285, with three medalists. The race between Regions 1 and 4, too, was much closer here than it was in the other two comparisons; it wasn’t until the north’s strong showing at 195 and again at 220 that it clearly was able to seize third.

  • Region 2: 139-92
  • Region 3: 134-93
  • Region 1: 72-108
  • Region 4: 60-112

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’s a dead heat between Regions 2 and 3.

We’ll take a look at 3A tomorrow.

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