The PIAA is one step away from eliminating a weight class in high school wrestling.
Nothing like a little wrestling talk in the middle of June to get one thinking about the winter.
And we'll gladly take it.
On Monday, the PIAA's board of control unanimously passed the second reading of the state's wrestling steering committee proposal to shrink the number of weight classes from the present 14 to 13.
If the proposal gets the OK on the third reading in mid July, the 13 weight classes would be put into use for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
Here's hoping that happens.
And here's a wish for down the road: Slice the 13 weight classes down to 12. (The PIAA suggested just that about 18 months ago, but it didn't gain much traction.) College programs only have 10 weight classes, but even I'll agree that chopping four weight classes from a high school lineup would be too much.
Let's look at the now and give credit to the steering committee and the PIAA for realizing there is a problem - if you've been to a dual meet in the last few years you've seen forfeit after forfeit - and for doing something about it.
Too many matches are decided by forfeits with the team having the fewest gaining a huge advantage.
"You want to see the match decided on the mat," North Penn veteran coach Rob Shettsline said after a dual meet last season. "But you're seeing more and more forfeits and teams that have always been really strong struggling to fill out a lineup.
"It used to be that you would juggle your lineup around to get the best matchups. Now, you don't see that because you don't have the numbers. The good, state-level kids are still around, but we're not seeing the good athletes that you need to fill a spot coming out to wrestle."
Things could get a little easier come July if the new proposal - having the weight classes be 106 pounds, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 172, 189, 215 and 285 - goes through,
The new alignment, which leaves the weight classes from 106 to 160 alone, moves the current 170 to 172 and 182 to 189, while the 220-pound class lowers to 215. The weight class to be dropped would be 195.
And while somewhat minor in a sport that is remembered more for its individuals than for its teams, having the odd-numbered 13 weight classes makes it easier to break ties in dual meets. With 13 classes, in case of a tie, the team with the most individual victories wins the tiebreaker and the match and eliminates using a confusing list of criteria to determine the winner.
While dropping one of the heavier weights seems to make the most sense because it seems harder for teams to fill those spots, that's not what the numbers say.
According to the website PA-wrestling.com, the 106-pound weight class was forfeited in more than half of the duals wrestled by Pennsylvania teams last season and the 113-pound class was forfeited almost 45 percent of the time. The heaviest three weight classes each were forfeited in more than a third of dual meets.
"Wrestling is a sport for the little guy and the big guy," said Conwell-Egan coach Chuckie Connor, who won a PIAA state title at 112 pounds for Pennsbury in 1996. "That's one of the things that makes it unique."