After the 2013-14 season concluded, we asked a group of District 1 wrestling experts to rank the top 25 wrestlers of the last 25 years. That project was well received, and we knew we wanted to do something similar again a few years later.
Now, with the 2018-19 season in the books it seemed like a good time to try to name a District 1 Wrestling All Decade Team for wrestlers in the graduating classes from 2010 to 2019. To do this, we reached out to quite a few coaches, referees, media members, and select others to help pick the teams. A total of 44 individuals contributed to the selection of the wrestlers.
Click the links above to view the list of contributors and to see all the wrestlers chosen for the All Decade Teams.
In order to be eligible to be considered for this list, wrestlers had to have been in the graduating classes from 2010 to 2019.
Due to the weight classes changing prior to the 2011-12 season, we grouped all the various weight classes into 14 groups and assigned wrestlers to one of those groups. In most cases, wrestlers were assigned to the weight in which they placed the highest at the state tournament. If a wrestler earned the same state placement in multiple seasons, we used the latest season's weight. After all wrestlers were placed, we moved just a couple wrestlers to different weights in order to make sure each grouping had enough wrestlers for consideration.
Once the nominations were finalized, all the coaches, referees, and writers were asked to select their top 5 wrestlers per weight grouping (only considering their high school accolades). A first place vote would give that wrestler 5 points, a second place vote was worth 4 points, and so on down to a fifth place vote earning 1 point.
When all the votes were cast, the wrestlers with the most points in each grouping earned First Team All Decade honors. The wrestlers with the second and third most points earned Second Team and Third Team honors respectively. Any wrestler earning 55 points (a quarter of the 220 points that a unanimous First Team selection could receive) was named as an Honorable Mention.
Then lastly, all the First Team wrestlers were put on a second ballot and the voters were asked to rank their top three for the Wrestler of the Decade. On this ballot, a first place vote earned 3 points, second 2 points, and third 1 point. The top three point getters will be named as the top three Wrestlers of the Decade within District 1.
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