DES MOINES, Iowa — The NCAA is thrilled with the support the wrestling community shows during its national championships.
The next step is to get the casual fan engaged for more than just a weekend.
A proposal pitched Tuesday to the NCAA's sports management cabinet included a new, 24-team dual tournament that would allow teams to pick up points they could carry into the national championships. The concept, first reported by the Des Moines Register, wouldn't be implemented until at least 2016 because of procedural and budgetary issues. But the idea behind the change, according to NCAA associate director Anthony Holman, is to emphasize the regular season by forcing teams to compete for a spot in the 24-team event.