The National Duals bring an interesting mix of emotions to a wrestling junkie. In the risk of narcissism, I'll largely write this from my point of view.
While I largely try to emphasize with coaches, athletic departments, budgets, officials, governing bodies, broadcasting outlets, sponsors, and more.....give me some more wrestling. I am a Michigan fan and in two years I'll have watched Virginia Tech at Michigan in person, and then stream Michigan at North Carolina State. This year we do get the clear #1 & #2 facing off. Those are experiences I wouldn't have had without this format, so who the hell am I to complain? I haven't been harmed in the least and only benefited.
On the other hand, the Natty Light Duals (word play!) are another example of wrestling not having their shit together. I understand grudges, but I would prefer they help the sport with some good drama rather than harm it.
More structure would be greatly appreciated, and most likely beneficial to wrestling as a whole. Until then, let's keep this format or something similar because it's certainly better than nothing.
NWCA National Duals Championship Series
presented by Theraworx and the United States Marine Corps
Friday, February 17
#12 Rutgers at #11 Lehigh, 7 p.m. Eastern
#16 Michigan at #7 NC State, 7 p.m. Eastern
Purdue at #17 South Dakota State, 7 p.m. Central
Saturday, February 18
#3 Iowa at #24 Edinboro, 7 p.m. Eastern
Sunday, February 19
#4 Ohio State at #8 Cornell, 1 p.m. Eastern
#2 Penn State at #1 Oklahoma State, 3 p.m. Central
Indiana at #20 Appalachian State, 3 p.m. Eastern
#6 Nebraska at #5 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. Eastern