Originally Posted by Jaguar
There are always exceptions to the rule. From my research, 130 (IKWF) is about the highest weight that there is a good correlation between kids and high school success.
Now I'm not one to define success as only winning state titles. There are just too many variables that go into that, and as I once pointed out, if you lost to Joe Wiiliams four years in a row in the state finals by 1 point each time and those were the only losses you ever had, would you not be considered successful?
Just to back Jaguar up here, of all the 3 and 4 time IHSA champs, only Jordan Blanton (152) won his first title at anything resembling a middle to upper weight. I think the Williams brothers were at 135, most everyone else was 103-119. And as an example of how things can change, Mike Benefiel won his first at 119 and basically added about 15-20 lbs per year until he won his 4th at 171.
Being a state champ takes 3 things. You have to be have skill, you have to work hard and you need some luck. You can't get sick the wrong weekend, or get hurt. And once in a while there will be a guy who's better than you in your weight class. You might win the one above or below, but that's not where you were that year.