Wyoming Seminary vs The Beast of the East

Posted: September 19, 2014 in wrestling tournament
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Why is Wyoming seminary not going to the Beast of the East this season? Last year there was a dust up between the Sem coaches and the tournament directors over scoring.  The controversy was over the team scoring of the heavyweight match causing Sem to finish 3rd instead of 2nd. I’m sure that there have been previous beefs, seeding, communication, etc. It hasn’t sat well with Scott Green and last year was the final straw. Over the summer Green set some wheels in motion.

Apparently Flo wasn’t happy with the tournament directors either. They were hard to work with and arrogant. That’s saying something; Flo has been around the world with good coverage from some very challenging locations.

Wyoming Seminary is going head to head with the Beast and Flo is likely going to cover their event.  The Seminary Tournament is 12/19 & 20 at Wilkes University.

I’m going out on a limb to say if Green builds a good tournament the Beast is going to diminish in importance and influence. Green understands that coverage is very important in this day and age and Flo is the leader in this department. Flo nationals have become a significant event all based on their coverage of their own event. Talent at High School nationals has dropped due to the competition and time intensive schedule. Green wants to be the best high school team in the country and this is a step to grow the program’s visibility. Changes in the wrestling landscape can be subtle. A generation ago MAWA’s were the tournament to win. Then the Beast came along. Then Super 32 became the best early season credential. What will the Beast look like in 5 years? Will Sem be the #1 team in the country? In case you missed it, they knocked off Blair last season at Prep nationals. It’s the first time Blair hasn’t won in 33 years. I’m betting on Scott Green and Wyoming Seminary. He’s got school support, a great coaching staff and the drive to make it happen.

  1. Gregg Verallis says:

    Nice article. Sem tournament could become the next ironman.


  2. Meredith Rogers says:

    Wherever Scott Green goes the Rogers family will follow-Scott has some excellent fans as well!


  3. Bill says:

    I’m with Flo on this one. I actually stopped covering Beast of the East for my newspaper because the tournament directors made it seem like the media was a nuisance, and not there doing their jobs and promoting the sport of wrestling, as well as giving good press to the tournament.

    With the exception of one or two people (Adrian Stewart comes to mind, but I think he’s backed away a little in recent years), the directors are quite arrogant when it comes to dealing with the press and fans.


    • RBW says:

      Bill is right on. Used to be a very media-friendly tournament but now very difficult to cover, no tables, results or anything. I have covered Beast almost since it started, and what I used to look forward to is now a chore. That said, our paper has so many teams there we can’t avoid it. I wish we could in some ways because the attitude of the people running it, which Bill has just right. They didn’t want to give us 2 passes last year because I was doing the first day and somebody else the second. I do wish Adrian Stewart would return, he gets it.


  4. Edward says:

    I have heard so many people say that Beast is done and they are going to the Wyoming Seminary Tournament!!!!!!


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