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    Vote for the Best Midlands Wrestler of All-Time

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Jake Herbert was a three-time Midlands Champion and one of the 32 wrestlers nominated.
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    Jake Herbert was a three-time Midlands Champion and one of the 32 wrestlers nominated.
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    Dec. 7, 2012

    Vote for Dan Gable or Cael Sanderson in the Finals!

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- With the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships less than four weeks away, we wanted to find out who you thought was the best wrestler in Midlands history. For that reason, we'd like to introduce the "Midlands All-Time Greatest Bracket Challenge". We've taken 32 of the best wrestlers in Midlands history, put them in a bracket, and are asking you to vote on who will be named the "All-Time Greatest".

    With thousands of wrestlers competing in the last 49 years of Midlands, we had to get the list of wrestlers down to a manageable number, which resulted in a list of 32 wrestlers. In order to qualify the Midlands participant had to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Won 4 or more Midlands Championships OR
    • Won 3 or more Midlands Championships and a "Ken Kraft Champion of Champions" Award OR
    • Won 2 or more Midlands Championships and a "Triple Crown" (Midlands + 2 Of NCAAs, Worlds and Olympics)
    • Won 1 or more Midlands Championships and a "Grand Slam" (Midlands + NCAAs, Worlds and Olympics)

    Those criteria yielded 32 wrestlers. Next, the wrestlers are split into four groups of eight by weight. Those groups are called small, medium, large and XL. Finally, we put them into a bracket divided into four sections (S, M, L and XL).

    Now it’s up to you. Vote for your picks in the link at the top of the page. Decide who you think was the better wrestler (not necessarily who would win head-to-head, but who was the better wrestler) and make your choice. In the end, we will have the ultimate Midlands Champion!

    And remember, tickets are on sale NOW for the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern on December 29th and 30th. To order tickets call 888-GO-PURPLE.

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