New divisional assignments for the 2017-18 winter sports of basketball and wrestling were released last month by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
For the first time, Competitive Balance roster data was used in determining divisional assignments in basketball, which is the only OHSAA winter sport affected by the Competitive Balance regulation that OHSAA member schools adopted by referendum vote in 2014.
The divisional breakdowns in wrestling and basketball were approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors June 1 during their June meeting. Additional divisional breakdowns for the 2017-18 winter sports of swimming and bowling will be announced in August.
Division assignments are based on gender-specific enrollment numbers provided to the OHSAA by the Ohio Department of Education. Enrollment figures are then modified in the sports football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball based on Competitive Balance roster data submitted by each school. More information on Competitive Balance is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Competitive-Balance-Resource-Center.
Note that new schools and merged schools are processed by the OHSAA in September after enrollment figures are final.
In boys basketball, Wauseon will once again compete in Division II; Archbold, Delta, Evergreen and Swanton will be in Division III; and Fayette and Pettisville Division IV. That is the same outline for girls basketball as well.
One notable change in the area is that perennial power Ottawa-Glandorf drops down from Division II to Division III in both boys and girls hoops.
Swanton sits one away from the cutoff for Division II individual wrestling and therefore will remain in Division III for the next two seasons.
Also in Division III are Archbold, Delta and Evergreen. Wauseon is the lone county school in Division II.
These are the same assignments for the dual tournament.