I honestly hate to write this post because it is soooooo second hand. But I can’t keep this one in.
On Sunday, I attended the annual Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame banquet for Lifetime of Service Award recipients in Harrisburg.
Among the attendees was PIAA state wrestling rules interpreter Dr. John Hosage, having just returned from the NFHS wrestling rules committee meeting in Indianapolis.
Doc and I merely exchanged hellos; Doc would rather talk to Satan himself than me at this time of year because he knows the question of “what happened? isn’t far behind hello. Frankly, I didn’t bother to ask because there was no point.
But several other folks at the event did ask the “what happened?” question. They were all met with NFHS’ famous veil of secrecy, but one of the folks, someone I trust explicitly, asked the more salient question: “Are they major changes coming to wrestling next year?”
To that, Dr. Hosage answered, “Yes.”
There were no more details as per NFHS’ annoying blackout policy, so those major changes could mean anything: the proposed new weight classes (106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285) to changes in the self-called injury timeout to the continuation rule on boundary wrestling.
For those unfamiliar with what I’m writing, here’s a quick primer:
Every year, the NFHS wrestling rules committee, comprised of state interpreters from around the country, meets in Indianapolis to discuss changes to the rules. The closed-door meeting runs for three days, and approved rules changes are moved to a Rules Review Committee before it moves to the full NFHS Board for final approval. In the case of wrestling, that usually occurs by the end of April.
Obviously, I wish I had details, but I do not. That’s why I don’t like posting something this incomplete. Guess it’s time to go back to burrowing to find out what’s up.