The CHSAA will review a proposal for future wrestling seasons that would move several schools from 4A wrestling to 3A in an effort to create more competitive balance. If the proposal were to go through, Moffat County and Steamboat Springs both would be 3A schools in wrestling.

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The CHSAA will review a proposal for future wrestling seasons that would move several schools from 4A wrestling to 3A in an effort to create more competitive balance. If the proposal were to go through, Moffat County and Steamboat Springs both would be 3A schools in wrestling.

Wrestling proposal could shake up competition for Moffat County

MCHS, Steamboat would be in same classification

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— An upcoming meeting for the Colorado High School Activities Association could change the wrestling landscape in future years, giving Moffat County wrestling more teams to compete against.

The CHSAA’s Legislative Council will meet April 17 to review a host of proposals for the coming school years, such as a new Class 5A football playoff seeding committee and changes to the 4A basketball tournament format. Another notable proposal would break up the wrestling classifications, seeking more equal paths to the state tournament through regionals.

The Classification and League Organizing Committee in the CHSAA uses the same enrollment numbers across most sports to separate Class 1A from 5A. In the 2012-13 season, Moffat County dropped into 3A from 4A in most sports as enrollment dipped into the 3A allotment, between 241 and 600 students.

Of the 229 schools that have wrestling programs in Colorado, just 38 currently sit under the 3A enrollment numbers, making it the smallest classification by 20 schools. In other sports, the contrast is not so large. In basketball, 63 schools fall under the same 3A cutoff, with 64 in 4A.

The proposal, therefore, seeks to even the number of schools in each classification by changing the wrestling enrollment cutoffs in 2A, 3A and 4A. For 3A, the cutoff would go up slightly at the bottom end and more significantly at the top end, between 276 and 780 students.

4A’s enrollment cutoff would remain 1,410 students at the top end, giving both 3A and 4A 53 participating members under the proposal. It argues this would allow for a more equal qualification to the regional and state tournaments.

The Intermountain, Northern and Colorado Springs Metro 4A and 5A leagues drafted the proposal.

The change wouldn’t affect Moffat County’s placement in 3A, simply pushing the school closer to the center of the classification. But it would add several members to the 3A Western Region.

Under the most recent enrollment count, Battle Mountain, Delta, Eagle Vally, Erie, Rifle, Steamboat Springs and Summit all had less than 780 students in the 4A Western Region, which would move them into 3A under the proposal. Hotchkiss would move down to 2A with less than 275 students.

That likely would add several more wrestlers to each weight at Moffat County's regional tournament, where some weights had just seven or eight wrestlers (out of a bracket for 16) competing last season.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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