The quality of the girls wrestling will improve...give it time.
According to the latest FLO Rankings, there were 11 Nationally ranked wrestlers competing on the girls side (one division) vs 19 competing on the boys side (3 divisions):
100- Makennah Craft 5th- State Champion 100
100- Riley Banyas 13th- State 5th 100
106- Chloe Dearwester 8th- State Champ 105
112- Haley Snyder 18th - State Champ 110
117- Kira Cole 11th- State Champ 115
122- Josie Davis 8th- State 3rd 125
122- Raegan Briggs 26h- State Champ 125
No one ranked from Ohio at 132, 138, 144, 152, or 180
164-Alexandria Alli 27th- Did not compete
200- Savannah Isaac 1st and P4P 8th- State Champ 190
200- Laney Oliver 24th- State Runner-up 190
225- Alaina Jackson 4th- State Champ 235
225- Karlie Harlow 16th- State 5th 235
Only one match was between nationally ranked girls- the 190 finals and my personal favorite.
More girls will continue to challenge themselves and seek tougher competition nationally and that will translate to better quality matches at state over time. Hopefully less chin-whips and head and arms, because the girls who do them locally, do not win with them nationally. I have seen first-hand the notorious chin-whippers lose at national tournaments to more fundamentally sound wrestlers, but they are all actively working to improve their technique. Those girls looking to reach the top of the podium next year will need to wrestle at the level of our nation's best girls, which of course is not at the level of the nation's best boys.
For the boys, 19 FLO Ranked wrestlers:
Division 1 with 15 wrestlers
106- Ethan Timar 11th- State Champ 106
113- Karson Brown 19th- State Champ 113
120- Marcus Blaze 2nd- State Champ 120
132- Jaxon Joy 8th- State Champ 132
138- Omar Ayoub 10th- State Champ 138
138- Ryan Bennett 16th- State Runner-up 138
145- Brock Herman 8th- State Champ 144
160- Joey Blaze 1st and P4P 27th- State Champ 165
160- Ethan Birden 6th- State Champ 157
170- Myles Takats 17th- State Champ 175
182- Jarrel Miller 18th- State Runner up 175
195- Camden McDanel 7th- State Champ 190
195- Myles Johnson 10th- State 3rd 190
220- Dylan Russo 11th- State Champ 215
220- Max Vanadia 17th- State Runner up 215
Three finals matches between nationally ranked wrestlers- 138, 175, & 215.
Division 2 with 3 wrestlers
106- Javaan Yarbrough 12th- State Champ 106
170- Dylan Newsome 16th- State Champ 175
220- Max Shulaw 6th- State Champ 215
Division 3 with one wrestler
126- Dillon Campbell 10th- State Champ 126
I was surprised to see so few nationally ranked wrestlers in DII and DIII. It appeared overall that the national talent level may be down over years past? How awesome would the state tournament be if most of the finals were between the top kids in the country? Both on the girls AND the boys side!
Apologies if I left anyone out. Feel free to correct!