NJSIAA to Conduct Individual Wrestling Tournament

NJSIAA to Conduct Individual Wrestling Tournament
The NJSIAA recently announced that there will be an individual state tournament for boys’ and girls’ wrestling, but no team tournament. 
Usually held in the winter, wrestling has been moved to the third of four athletic seasons due to COVID. 
Usually the wrestling season is over by either the first or second week of March.
This year, wrestling practice began on March 1. The first matches are scheduled for March 16. 
While there will be a state individual tournament, there will not be district tournaments. 
Here is how the individual tournaments will go.
Girls Wrestling
The girls wrestling tournament will be split up into two regional tournaments, one north and one south, prior to the state finals.
There will be one session of regionals on April 3. The sites have yet to be determined.
Wrestlers must have their names sent for consideration no later than March 27. Once a wrestler is submitted for consideration, the weight class is locked in.
The seeding committee for girls is March 30. The committee consists of tournament staff and coaches from across the state. 
The top eight wrestlers in each weight class for each region and four alternates for each Region will be selected. The top four in each Region will advance to the state finals.
The girls’ state finals will be Saturday, April 10 at a site to be determined. 
Boys’ Wrestling
The boys’ wrestling tournament will be split up into four regional sites (each of which combines two Traditional Regions, based on geography) prior to the state finals. 
For instance, South Jersey’s two Regions are Region 7 and Region 8. This is now a Combined Region. The site of this has yet to be determined. 
The Combined Region competition will take place Saturday April 17 and Sunday April 18. 
Coaches have to submit wrestlers for consideration no later than April 10. As with the girls, once a wrestler is submitted for consideration, their weight class is locked in. 
The Regional Selection Committee meets on April 11. 
The committee will select the top three wrestlers in each District per weight class.
There are four districts in each Traditional Region, therefore, there will be a total of 12
wrestlers per weight class selected from each Traditional Region and sent to the Combined Region Seeding Committee.
Each Combined Region will have its own seeding committee. 
The Combined Seeding Committees will seed the top 16 wrestlers in each weight class and rank eight remaining wrestlers as alternates. 
Wrestle-backs will begin at the quarterfinal round - 1st through 6th place will be awarded.
The top four wrestlers per weight class at each Combined Region site will advance to state finals, for a total of 16 wrestlers per weight class.

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The state finals are Saturday April 24 and Sunday April 25 at a site to be determined. 

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