On Tuesday, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approved an "upward shift" of weight classes, starting with the 2011-12 school year.
But some of North Dakota's coaches don't feel it will be a positive for Class B, which houses the small-enrollment schools. Not only that, one coach feels Class B's biggest problem was ignored.
"Fourteen's too many weight classes," Rolla coach Davy Zinke said. "Nothing is gonna spare us unless they go down to 12 or 10. If we don't, then I'd rather stay with the weights we have."
The previous weights were 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 285.
The new weights are 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 220 and 285. Four classes (145, 152, 160, 285) have gone unchanged.
Zinke, who has been involved in wrestling in Rolla for 31 years, said the NFHS didn't take North Dakota into consideration.
"It seems to me like North Dakota never has a chance to get what they need," Zinke said. "I think 14's too many. I don't think they understand the small state. We are a small state. We'd like to maintain wrestling as best as we can."
Watford City coach Nathan Brenna favors having 14 weight classes, but does agree with Zinke that the new weights aren't a positive for Class B. Brenna said he felt the NFHS' decision is geared toward cutting down the amount of junior high wrestlers at the varsity level.
"I believe the federation did that intentially. Nationally, I think they're right," Brenna said, "but I think North Dakota's numbers tend to be a little bit different. North Dakota numbers tend to show that we have some smaller upperclassmen, more than the national average.
"It's sort of sad to see."
With the new weight classes, schools won't have to look at moving up a junior high wrestler as much. However, Brenna said the NFHS is mistaken if it thinks that's the problem in North Dakota.
"We're not leaving high school wrestlers on the sideline because we don't have a spot for them," Brenna said. "We're not filling rosters, period."
Brenna also said the new classes are likely to affect average wrestlers more than anyone else.
"The superstars are gonna find a way to wrestle in one way, shape or form," Brenna said. "It's just gonna hurt the average kid."
But as far as cutting weight classes goes, Brenna made his point clear.
"I prefer to have as many weight classes as we possibly can, so we have the most opportunities for the kids to wrestle," Brenna said.
Chuck Michaelson, who coaches Class A Williston, said he wouldn't mind seeing a reduction in weight classes at the Class B level, though it doesn't affect him, directly.
"I coached Class B at Minot (Bishop) Ryan," Michaelson said. "We had tons of problems filling spots. Us in Williston, right now we're fine. We fill most of ours, but we had one open last year. In five years, we might have five open spots. I think Class B should have been able to do what they wanted to do."
Michaelson said he'd like to see weight classes a little more "divided out" noting that his team is full in the 125 to 145 area. Within that range, the old weights had five classes of wrestling. The new classes only have four.
"Now we have one less spot," Michaelson said.
Michaelson acknowledged what many of his peers had felt - that kids in today's times are getting bigger.
"I think (the new classes) are geared toward kids getting bigger," Michaelson said. "They've looked at national studies, and the average kid was from 150 to 180 pounds."
Other changes include a clarification making the figure-four leglock illegal around the head. It was previously only illegal on the body. Also, the boundary lines are now considered inbounds.