We went out to the Conant Sectional Tournament, held in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Hoffman Estates is located near Chicago, Illinois close to some of the State's top wrestling programs including some Nationally ranked programs too. Each year, the Conant Thanksgiving Tournament is one of the top tournaments in Illinois. It's an early season measuring stick to see how good you really are. In Illinois, the Sectional Tournament is the tournament that qualifies you for the State Finals which are held in Champaign / Urbana.
Needless to say represented in the Sectional Finals were some of the top high school wrestlers in Illinois. Being that we sell wrestling shoes, we thought it would be interesting to see which brand had the most shoes in the Finals. Somewhat surprising was only the Big Three were represented, Nike, ASICS, and adidas. We were surprised an up and coming brand did not have any shoes in the Finals. With that said, these are some of the top wrestlers in Illinois, so it makes sense they have a trusted brand on their feet.
Now for the data, with 14 matches we have 28 pairs of shoes represented. With 11 pairs each, ASICS and Nike tied for the lead with adidas wrestling having 6 pairs in the Finals. ASICS made a strong showing with their retired shoes - retired Mat Flex, retired Gable, and Rulon's help boost their numbers. Somewhat surprising for us was only two Nike Inflicts were worn in the Finals. Five pair of Nike Freeks were on wrestlers going for the title of Sectional Champion. Adidas wrestling made a strong showing with two of their shoes being worn by three wrestlers each - the Mat Wizard and the Combat Speed.
Fortunately, many of the wrestlers in the Finals are long time customers of WrestlingGear.Com, we wish all competitors in Champaign/Urbana the best of luck this weekend.