The Inland Empire Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament, which was held last Saturday, had 28 teams entered in the one-day tournament, and Bloomington co-coach Gabe Schaefer said they had to turn away about five or six teams away from the tournament, because there was no room.
Schaefer said there has been the discussion whether to extend the tournament into two days. A larger tournament would need to be two days, because wrestlers are allowed to wrestle no more than five matches in one day.
“I’m not sure if we want to go to two days,” Schaefer said. “That’s a lot more work.”
The event is run by Bloomington but takes place at Jurupa Hills.
Also, some schools that come from farther away, might not prefer a two-day event and might not come if it is expanded. A two-day event would require them to get hotel rooms on Friday night.
My take: In theory, it sounds great to expand it. A bigger tournament means bigger competition and more interest for future tournaments.
But, the event is held at Jurupa Hills by Bloomington. It’s a lot more work for an extra day, and you’re still splitting the profits with Jurupa Hills, which does little more than make their facility available.
I’d like to see it two days, but I’d completely understand if they want to keep it one day.