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The Iowa high school wrestling state duals championships have long been held the day before the traditional state tournament, which has been a point of debate and contention among coaches, athletes, and prognosticators around the state.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has listened closely, and is considering doing something about it.

The IHSAA’s Board of Control announced that it is exploring the possibility of changing the date for future state duals competitions, possibly to a date prior to the individual postseason.

“The dates, qualifying procedures, and competition at regional and state duals are frequently discussed by our coaches and administrators, and we’d like to examine updated data and other states’ models to consider ways to improve the event,” IHSAA executive director Alan Beste said in a release.

“While we can’t guarantee changes will be made, we’re committed to an in-depth look at possible options.”

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If agreed to, the change would go into effect after the 2019-20 season. The 2020 state duals will remain on Feb. 19, the day before the traditional tournament begins. 

The IHSAA’s Board of Control also passed a recommendation that tweaks the traditional state tournament seeding process.

The state wrestling tournament was seeded this past season with the help of a Trackwrestling-generated formula. All criteria — head-to-head competition, common opponents, past results, and winning percentage — was worth one point.

The wrestling advisory committee recommended increasing the criteria point values of head-to-head competition and common opponents. The recommendation, which was passed unanimously, means head-to-head competition and common opponents will each be worth two points.

Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.

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