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Junior MFS By The Numbers: Who's In Who's Out?

By The Numbers: Who's In Who's Out
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The first day of the USA Wrestling's Junior Men's Freestyle National Championships is in the books. There are still two more days of competition to go, but in just one day our total number of entrants has been whittled down from 1,143 to 462. 

Only 16 remain eligible for a Fargo stop sign, so let's take a look at how each state is doing by the numbers and to see who's in and who's out.

And tune in tomorrow and see who makes it to day three, when the only wrestlers left will All-Americans competing for podium placement. 

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No one has guaranteed themselves All-American status yet, so we don't have any points on the team leader board. But we can still take a look at how many wrestlers are left in the championship rounds to give us an idea of each team's chances.

Below is a list of each team, followed by their championship wrestlers, then consolation wrestlers, then total wrestlers still alive. 

STATE CHAMP CONSO TOTAL
Illinois 28 19 47
Iowa 20 22 42
Minnesota 18 10 28
Ohio 16 11 27
Pennsylvania 13 12 25
Oklahoma 13 8 21
Wisconsin 12 9 21
Michigan 12 5 17
California 10 6 16
Colorado 9 10 19
Utah 8 1 9
Missouri 7 10 17
Oregon 7 5 12
New Jersey 7 3 10
Kansas 5 9 14
Washington 5 7 12
Indiana 5 6 11
Maryland 4 5 9
Idaho 4 4 8
Georgia 4 2 6
Alabama 3 4 7
Montana 3 4 7
Nevada 3 4 7
North Dakota 3 3 6
Florida 3 0 3
Arizona 2 6 8
Texas 2 6 8
Nebraska 2 4 6
Connecticut 2 2 4
West Virginia 2 0 2
New York 1 9 10
Virginia 1 7 8
Tennessee 1 2 3
Arkansas 1 1 2
Louisiana 1 1 2
Kentucky 1 0 1
Massachusetts 1 0 1
Wyoming 1 0 1
South Carolina 0 2 2
South Dakota 0 2 2
North Carolina 0 1 1
Alaska 0 0 0
Hawaii 0 0 0
New Hampshire 0 0 0
New Mexico 0 0 0


Illinois leads the pack with 28 wrestlers still eligible for the top spot on the podium (and only 15 weight classes). Eight other states have double digit wrestlers still alive for gold: Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan, California. It's safe to say that the Midwest is in pretty good shape heading into Day 2.

On the flip side, four states are unfortunately done with the junior men's freestyle portion of their Fargo trip.

States don't all bring the same number of wrestlers to Fargo, however. For instance, Illinois brought 77 juniors with them, 17 more than Iowa, who brought the second most with 60.

By dividing the number of championship eligible wrestlers and total wrestlers alive by the total number of entries, we can get an idea of how efficient each state has been this year at Fargo.

That chart is below.
STATE ENTRIES CHAMP CHAMP % TOTAL TOTAL %
Illinois 77 28 36.4% 47 61.0%
Iowa 60 20 33.3% 42 70.0%
Minnesota 58 18 31.0% 28 48.3%
Ohio 55 16 29.1% 27 49.1%
Pennsylvania 43 13 30.2% 25 58.1%
Oklahoma 49 13 26.5% 21 42.9%
Wisconsin 47 12 25.5% 21 44.7%
Michigan 31 12 38.7% 17 54.8%
California 52 10 19.2% 16 30.8%
Colorado 43 9 20.9% 19 44.2%
Utah 26 8 30.8% 9 34.6%
Missouri 41 7 17.1% 17 41.5%
Oregon 41 7 17.1% 12 29.3%
New Jersey 32 7 21.9% 10 31.3%
Kansas 25 5 20.0% 14 56.0%
Washington 43 5 11.6% 12 27.9%
Indiana 29 5 17.2% 11 37.9%
Maryland 24 4 16.7% 9 37.5%
Idaho 21 4 19.0% 8 38.1%
Georgia 16 4 25.0% 6 37.5%
Alabama 14 3 21.4% 7 50.0%
Montana 18 3 16.7% 7 38.9%
Nevada 18 3 16.7% 7 38.9%
North Dakota 19 3 15.8% 6 31.6%
Florida 15 3 20.0% 3 20.0%
Arizona 31 2 6.5% 8 25.8%
Texas 24 2 8.3% 8 33.3%
Nebraska 24 2 8.3% 6 25.0%
Connecticut 12 2 16.7% 4 33.3%
West Virginia 4 2 50.0% 2 50.0%
New York 32 1 3.1% 10 31.3%
Virginia 20 1 5.0% 8 40.0%
Tennessee 6 1 16.7% 3 50.0%
Arkansas 16 1 6.3% 2 12.5%
Louisiana 7 1 14.3% 2 28.6%
Kentucky 5 1 20.0% 1 20.0%
Massachusetts 3 1 33.3% 1 33.3%
Wyoming 12 1 8.3% 1 8.3%
South Carolina 7 0 0.0% 2 28.6%
South Dakota 9 0 0.0% 2 22.2%
North Carolina 13 0 0.0% 1 7.7%
Alaska 12 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Hawaii 4 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
New Hampshire 1 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
New Mexico 4 0 0.0% 0 0.0%


It turns out that the states that bring the most kids are also the best at winning matches. There are a couple of surprises though. Kansas and Alabama still have half of their wrestlers competing tomorrow. And West Virginia has half their contingent still going for a individual title. Not too shabby!

By the end of day two there will be just eight wrestlers left per weight class. Don't miss the action as it goes down in Fargo and on Flo!

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