The argument that this move was made to speed things up is such a STUPID one! Wrestling all placement matches for a weight at the same time does not speed up the tournament. If anything, it SLOWS DOWN the tournament.
1) All final round wrestling begins at the same time as the championship finals used to. I'm a AA guy, so I'll use the AA schedule as an example. This year's final round of wrestling, including all consi matches, is slated to begin at 2:00 PM. That was when the AA championship finals (matches for 1st and 2nd only) began in previous years.
2) I'm guessing that the next weight class will be held until all matches in the previous weight class are completed. For example, 113 pounders will not begin wrestling until ALL 106 pound matches have finished.
3) What happens if the championship final match in a weight class ends before one of the consolation matches? Granted, the championship final is longer, at 2-2-2, than the consolation matches, at 1-2-2; but it certainly wouldn't be unusual for a championship final to finish before a consi match --- there could be a lot of blood time in one of the consi matches, for instance. Then, we'd all have to wait for that consi match to end before we could move on to the next weight class. Previously, the next championship final could begin immediately following completion of the previous championship final. Bottom line --- in this situation, you've ADDED wait time instead of reducing it.
4) What happens if there's a fairly quick pin in the championship final? Again, it's unlikely that this would happen in the PIAA finals, but it certainly is not outside the realm of possibility. If that fall occurs, let's say in the 2nd period, the final would be over, and again, we'd more than likely be waiting on the consi matches to finish before we could move on to the next weight. Before, the next championship final could begin immediately following the fall. Once again --- added wait time.
5) The PA announcer will call each of these matches to their respective mats. So now, FOUR matches will be called per weight class instead of one. That will increase the length of the round.
6) After completion of a weight class, wrestlers will be scrambling to hug parents, kiss girlfriends, put on warm-ups, etc., before making their way to the awards stand for pictures. That used to be true of just the finalists. Now it's true for all eight place-winners per weight class. Odds are now greatly increased that we'll have to wait on someone to make their awards stand appearance.
Supposedly this move was made to give arena workers and tournament officials more time to turn the arena around between AA and AAA sessions. They're in for a rude surprise when they find they have EVEN LESS time this year. I can't believe no one thought of this!