Ok, I don't post much at all and I'm gonna date myself a bit here but-
I wrestled back in the day when you actually had to qualify for state. I believe the last year was 1985 and the state tournament was held at Casper College. 8 man bracket, top 4 from both sides of the state. I was a freshman that year and had to work my tail off to qualify for state - and you know what - the competition was great! There was a sense that you belonged in the tournament, that you were actually competing against the best of the best in your classification, and that you obtained something special by qualifying for it.
Then, the following year it was decided to allow every varsity wrestler to compete in the state tournament (in 3A) and the regional tournament was for seeding of the top 4 on each side of the state only. What did that do? Well, it allowed more wrestling at state but the competition was watered down a bit. It also meant that you really didn't need to wrestle well at 2 consecutive tournaments - you were already going to state for just making weight at the regional tournament.
After my time in high school was done they changed the format again and allowed for some junior variety wrestlers to compete - essentially unattached. Are you kidding me? Great for those who were not the best in their weight class at their school - nice experience for them.
So, in my time wrestling and following wrestling in Wyoming I watched the Regional tournaments go from a qualifying tournament, to a seeding tournament, to just another tournament. AND the State tournament has went from a tournament of the best of the best in your classification, to a right to wrestle in if you made the varsity at your school, to a right if you decided to go out for wrestling at all.
I agree, 2 classes would be nice, one would be better. I remember my freshman year at state watching the likes of David Zuniga and Lanny Schneider thinking "yep that's where I want to be." Then my senior year standing on the podium looking at the champ from 4A, who I never did wrestle - thinking "I want to wrestle him, let's see who's the best in Wyoming."
Make regionals meaningful, make it an honor to wrestle at state. If at all possible, establish a true state champ.
Less is more