Wednesday, February 20, 2008

NCHSAA Wrestling Championships this weekend

The Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum will be the site this weekend for one of the biggest single high school sporting events in the Southeast.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association's annual state wrestling
championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, bringing together over
600 of the state's best prep grapplers for two full days of competition.
Over 1,100 individual matches will be contested over the course of the event
en route to crowning 42 different individual champions. That means there is
one winner in each of the NCHSAA's 14 weight divisions and three different
classifications, including 1-A and 2-A together for wrestling, 3-A, and 4-A.

Wrestling will start at 9 a.m. on Friday and will run until Saturday evening
with the consolation and championship finals starting at 6 p.m. This is the
22nd year that the wrestling championships have been "classified"; prior to
1987, all wrestlers, regardless of the size of the school, competed for a
single title. This is the sixth year that Lawrence Joel Coliseum has hosted
the event.

The NCHSAA, with a strong tradition in wrestling, has been offering a
championship in the sport since the 1930's.

Cary has won the team tournament championship at the 4-A level four times in
the last five years, while Winston-Salem Parkland is the defending 3-A team
champ. Mount Pleasant won the 2-A team title a year ago, snapping a string
during which Catawba Bandys had won or shared the 1-A/2-A crown three
consecutive times.

Earlier this month, Cary (4-A), Winston-Salem Parkland (3-A), Orange (2-A)
and Alleghany (1-A) won their respective classifications in the NCHSAAAdual
team championships and will obviously be very competitive in the tournament.

Wendy's and the Carolina Ford Dealers are the presenting sponsors for the
NCHSAA sports program, and the event is sponsored by Visit Winston-Salem.


Anonymous said...

The NCISAA held its own tournament last weekend at Providence Day. It was well run and showcased some pretty good wrestlers. Not that you'd know that from reading the Observer...