The story headline is not subtle, but for the first time we have a dual championship with the top teams in the land. According to Intermat rankings, the top five dual meet teams and the top four tournament strength teams will be part of the new version of the D1 National Duals.
Penn State (while winning four straight championships), Oklahoma State, and Iowa have avoided the National Duals in recent history giving the event a lackluster purpose and mismatches. However, this year we will see the top teams battle it out for the top dual meet team in the land without the feeling that there were teams missing. The big three from the Big Ten (Iowa, Minnesota, & Ohio State), undefeated Missouri (who defeated Ohio State by criteria), and EIWA power Cornell will be in the bracket. Illinois is also another dangerous dual team when they are at full strength with Jesse Delgado (who knows if he will actually be there).
So will anyone care? Well the last three rounds will be in Carver-Hawkeye where the fans turn out in droves for duals against anyone. This event will probably draw a crowd since a lot of Iowa's big duals have been on the road this year. It will also be televised with the semi-finals and finals being live on the Big Ten Network.
I think it's safe to say for the first time we have a dual championship of some resemblance of validity. I think it's going to fell a little weird at first (that's what she said), but this is an attempt to grow our sport. Having the best dual team in the land should matter for something....right?