A week or so ago, PSD told us that Tom Brands got Twitter, and the first tweets did not disappoint.
@TomBrandsHAWK schedule's tight but we'll make it work. Send a date and we'll lock it in.— Cael Sanderson (@caelsanderson) September 5, 2013
Biggest question: is it doable?
Brands is looking around the "’good will toward men’ holiday." After Iowa’s dual against Buffalo in Carver (Dec 12), they have the Midlands (Dec 29-30), and then the B1G dual season begins with Purdue (Jan 3)
Penn St finishes their December with the start of their B1G duals home against Ohio St (Dec 15).
From this, their most realistic shot would have to be Dec 18-22. Dec 21 or 22 would be the most realistic as Iowa’s and Penn St’s final exams are Dec 16-20.
Also, where would this be held? Carver would most certainly be packed for this, as I’m sure Penn St’s Rec Hall would be. But what about a neutral site in Indianapolis or Chicago? I’m not sure of places, so feel free to hash that out in the comments.
As far as publicity, why not try and recruit ESPN? Wright Thompson wrote an amazing piece on Dan Gable, and with the IOC vote coming soon this would be a great chance for the wrestling community to say "See? We deserve to be in the Olympics!" or "WTF were you thinking?!"
While the coaches work this out, I thought I’d lay this out there: would it be possible to do a Tri-Nations Tournament thing in college wrestling? For those unaware, the Tri-Nations Tournament (now Rugby Championship with the addition of Argentina) was an annual round robin rugby tournament between New Zealand, South Africa, and Australia, the powerhouses of international rugby (together, they’ve won 6 of the 7 Rugby World Cups). The idea would be to host a triangular dual meet between Iowa, Penn St, and Oklahoma St (since Argentina was added to make the Rugby Championship, Minnesota could be added). It would be hosted on one day/weekend, with the site rotating between the competing schools.
Even with that last crazy thought, let’s hope Brands and Sanderson can get this worked out and that the IOC does the right thing this weekend.