Coaches tire of butting heads with NCAA hoops

ST. LOUIS (AP) - College wrestling's biggest weekend has no chance of making a splash beyond the confines of the sport's niche appeal. Not against the start of the real March Madness.

Many wrestling coaches would just as soon avoid the NCAA basketball tournament that capitivates the nation in the future, perhaps making wrestling an exclusively second-semester sport with the title decided in April.

The subject has been percolating for years. Nebraska's Mark Manning recalls J Robinson of Minnesota advocating searching for a new date as far back as 1997.

The tournament is being held in St. Louis for the fifth time this decade, and has thrived in the central location. St. Louis holds the top three all-time attendance figures, with a record 96,944 for the 3-day event in 2000.

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