By Jamie Baker
Big changes at the district level in Northwest Ohio this season.
The Northwest District Athletic Board will be running a combined Division II and III district tournament at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center.
There are no particulars listed yet as to who will run the tournament so I am still a little leery about the whole thing.
How many mats will there be? What will the time schedule be like? Etc., etc., etc.
Lots of questions, but at this point, few answers.
Enjoyed the decade or so the Division III district spent at Owens Community College. Joe Carone and his crew aat Owens ran a great tournament and it was a good way for them to show off their facilities to potential students an their families.
As far as I can recollect, and some old timers out there can confirm this, the district will be returning to BGSU for the first time in more than 30 years.
I want to say BGSU hosted the then Class A district tournament in 1980 or 81 at Anderson Arena. I remember my old coach Tom Clark telling me about it.
I do have a couple of concerns.
I’m hoping there will be wrestling people in charge of the tournament or at least give some coaches (and maybe media members) some input. As we all know BGSU doesn’t have wrestling, so many of their staffers who conduct other events on campus probably don’t have much of an idea what needs to be done.
Also, can the Stroh Center handle 8 mats? That would be the minimum needed and nine or 10 would be even better. One of the best things about Owens was that they had five mats on the first day which sped things up considerably.
I’m sure the NWDAB will have a handle on all of that, but there will probably be a few hiccups along the way with the first year of a combined district at a new site.
That said, I have covered basketball and volleyball at the Stroh Center and it’s a first-rate facility with a terrific and helpful staff. And it’s a great way for the school to market its self to 4000 people, many of which will be looking at colleges in the near future.
It’s also relatively centrally-located for all of the schools in the NW District and they’ll get a dress rehearsal of sorts the previous week by hosting a pair of Division II sectional tournaments at the same time.
When it’s all said and done, hosting a combined district at the Stroh Center is a great idea.