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By Rob Sherrill
There have been enough thrills and excitement to last a whole season already.
And the state tournaments haven’t even started yet.
But they will – and sooner than you think. In fact, a handful already have.
Alaska started the state tournament parade in 2019, the week before Christmas. Starting in January, three southern states, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, took center stage with the start of dual-state tournaments, and New York and North Carolina lead the parade into February.
Maine becomes the 21st state to institute a dual state series. The Pine Tree State’s duals will be contested the week after the individual state tournaments, and just two days before its New England Championships qualifier, an interesting twist. Finally, Nebraska flipped its two state tournaments. In 2020, the state duals take place prior to the individual state meet, after being contested in the opposite order through last season.
There aren’t many other changes to state formats. What is different is that state association calendars have flipped in the majority of states. In 33 of the 49 states with wrestling programs, along with the sanctioned New England Championships, the state tournament takes place a week later this year than it did in 2019. Those states are marked with an asterisk (*) on the list that follows.
Georgia remains the state with the most classifications – seven – followed by Virginia (six) and Oregon, Utah and Washington (five each).
Virginia continues to tinker with its state tournament format. This season, the state’s three largest classifications, 4A, 5A and 6A, are being contested in their entirety at northern Virginia high schools. In 2019, Groups 4A and 5A conducted their first-day sessions at separate schools, then migrated to the Group 6A site, James W. Robinson High School in Fairfax, where all three groups concluded in the same gym. Robinson will host only the 6A state meet in 2020. The Salem Civic Center again will host Groups 1A, 2A and 3A.
North Carolina and South Dakota lengthened their tournaments from two days to three, while Michigan reduced its tournament from three days to two. Alaska, Arkansas, Maryland and Missouri are initiating girls state tournaments that will run concurrently with the boys tournaments. In Kansas, the girls state takes place one day prior to the 4A boys event in Salina.
For six chaotic weeks, 48 states with state-sanctioned wrestling programs – plus the National Prep Championships, the New England Championships and a handful of non-sanctioned independent school state meets – will put it on the line. Twenty-two states and the National Prep Championships conduct season-ending tournaments on the third weekend in February, the most common weekend. The fourth and final weekend of February sees 19 more state tournaments take place.
This season, Ohio stands alone as the state that brings down the curtain on the high school season, March 13-15 in Columbus. That’s a week after Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania open the month with their state tournaments, as does the New England Championships. After a four-year run in Rhode Island at the Providence Career and Technical Center, the New England meet moves to Methuen High School in Massachusetts, which will be hosting its third major wrestling event in four weeks. Methuen also is hosting the state’s Division I North sectional tournament and the Division I state tournament in February.
Want to know when and where your favorite team – or wrestler – will be competing for a state title? Then you’ve come to the right place. Following is a list of all the state tournaments in the nation, state by state. A single date and site given is for an all-class tournament. Some states split the classes by site or date, which will be listed as applicable. As explained above, an asterisk indicates a state tournament a week later than last season due to calendar turnover.
|State||Duals Tournament||Individual/Traditional Tournament|
|Alabama:||Jan. 24 at Birmingham CrossPlex||Feb. 13-15 at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville.|
|Alaska:||Dec. 20-21, 2019 at Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage.*|
|Arizona:||Feb. 13-15 at Tims Toyota Center Arena, Prescott Valley.*|
|Arkansas:||Feb. 21-22 at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.|
|California:||Feb. 27-29 at Mechanics Bank Arena, Bakersfield.|
|Colorado:||Feb. 20-22 at the Pepsi Center, Denver.|
|Connecticut:||LL, Feb. 21-22 at Trumbull HS;|
|L, Feb. 21-22 at Bristol Central HS;|
|M, Feb. 21-22 at Guilford HS;|
|S, Feb. 21-22 at Killingly HS, Danielson;|
|State Open, Feb. 28-29 at Floyd Little Athletic Center,|
|James Hillhouse HS, New Haven.*|
|Delaware:||Feb. 12-15 at Smyrna HS||Feb. 28-29 at Cape Henlopen HS, Lewes.*|
|Florida:||Jan. 24-25 at Osceola HS, Kissimmee||Mar. 6-7 at Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee.|
|Georgia:||Jan. 16-18 at the Macon Centreplex;||Feb. 13-15 at the Macon Centreplex.|
|Independent, Feb. 6-7 at Georgia SW, Americus|
|Hawaii:||Feb. 20-21 at Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu.|
|Idaho:||Feb. 28-29 at Holt Arena, Pocatello.*|
|Illinois:||Feb. 29 at Grossinger Motors Arena, Bloomington.*||Feb. 20-22 at the University of Illinois, Champaign;|
|Indiana:||Feb. 21-22 at Bankers Life Field House, Indianapolis.*|
|Iowa:||Feb. 19-22 at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines.*|
|Kansas:||6A and 5A, Feb. 28-29 at Park City-Hartman Arena, Wichita;|
|4A, Feb. 28-29 at Tony’s Pizza Events Center, Salina;|
|A-2A-3A, Feb. 28-29 at Fort Hays State University, Hays.*|
|Kentucky:||Feb. 14-15 at Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington.|
|Louisiana:||Feb. 14-15 at CenturyLink Center, Bossier City.*|
|Maine:||A, Feb. 21 at Skowhegan HS;||A, Feb. 15 at Sanford HS;|
|B, Feb. 21 at Penobscot Valley HS, Howland;||B, Feb. 15 at Fryeburg Academy|
|New England Championships qualifier,|
|Feb. 23 at Noble HS, North Berwick.|
|Maryland:||Feb. 15 at North Point HS, Waldorf;||Individual, Mar. 5-7 at The Show Place Arena, U. Marlboro.*|
|National Prep qualifier, Feb. 14-15 at McDonogh School,|
|Owings Mills; Public Public|
|Massachusetts:||Division I, Feb. 21-22 at Methuen HS;|
|Division II, Feb. 21-22 at Milton HS;|
|Division III, Feb. 21-22 at Wayland HS;|
|All-State, Feb. 28-29 at St. John’s Prep HS, Danvers.*|
|Michigan:||Feb. 28-29 at Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo||Mar. 6-7 at Ford Field, Detroit.*|
|Minnesota:||Feb. 27-29 at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul.|
|Missouri:||Feb. 20-22 at the University of Missouri, Columbia.*|
|Montana:||Feb. 14-15 at MetraPark Arena, Billings.*|
|National Prep:||Feb. 21-22 at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.|
|Nebraska:||Feb. 8 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney||Feb. 20-22 at CenturyLink Center, Omaha.*|
|Nevada:||Feb. 14-15 at the Winnemucca Events Center.*|
|New England:||Prep Schools, Feb. 15-16 at site TBA;|
|Sanctioned, Mar. 7-8 at Methuen HS, Methuen, MA.*|
|New Hampshire:||Division I, Feb. 22 at Londonderry HS;|
|Division II, Feb. 22 at Goffstown HS;|
|Division III, Feb. 22 at Pelham HS;|
|Meet of Champions, Feb. 29 at Nashua South HS.*|
|New Jersey:||Feb. 16 at RJW Barnabus Health Arena, Toms River||Mar. 5-7 at the Boardwalk Convention Center, Atlantic City.*|
|New Mexico:||Feb. 21-22 at the Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho.|
|New York:||Feb. 1 at SRC Arena and Events Center, Syracuse||Feb. 28-29 at the Times Union Center, Albany.*|
|North Carolina:||Feb. 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum||Independent, Feb. 15-16 at Providence Day School, Charlotte;|
|Feb. 20-22 at the Greensboro Coliseum.|
|North Dakota:||Feb. 20-22 at the FargoDome.*|
|Ohio:||Feb. 16 at the Ohio State University, Columbus||Mar. 13-15 at the Ohio State University Columbus.*|
|Oklahoma:||Feb. 14-15 at Firelake Arena, Shawnee||Feb. 28-29 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena.*|
|Oregon:||Feb. 28-29 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland.*|
|Pennsylvania:||Feb. 6-8 at the Giant Center, Hershey||Independent, Feb. 14-15 at Westtown School, West Chester;|
|Individual, Mar. 5-7 at the Giant Center, Hershey.|
|Rhode Island:||Feb. 21-22 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.|
|South Carolina:||Independent Dual, Feb. 8 at site TBA||Independent Individual, Feb. 15 at site TBA|
|Public Dual Finals, Feb. 15 at Airport HS,||Public Individual, Feb. 28-29 at the Anderson S&E Center|
|South Dakota:||Feb. 27-29 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center,|
|Tennessee:||Feb. 7-8 at the Williamson County Agricultural||Individual, Feb. 20-22 at the Williamson County Agricultural|
|Center, Franklin;||Center, Franklin.*|
|Texas:||Independent, Feb. 1 at Bishop Lynch HS, Dallas;|
|TAPPS, Feb. 15 at McKinney Christian Academy;|
|Public, Feb. 21-22 at the Berry Center, Cypress.|
|Utah:||1A and 2A, Feb. 7-8 at the Sevier Valley Center, Richfield;|
|5A and 6A, Feb. 14-15 at Utah Valley State University, Orem;|
|3A and 4A, Feb. 14-15 at Utah Valley State University, Orem.|
|Vermont:||Feb. 28-29 at Mount Anthony HS, Bennington.*|
|Virginia:||Independent, Feb. 14-15 at The Meadow Event Park, Doswell;|
|6A, Feb. 21-22 at James W. Robinson HS, Fairfax;|
|5A, Feb. 21-22 at Rock Ridge HS, Ashburn;|
|4A, Feb. 21-22 at Tuscarora HS, Leesburg;|
|A, 2A and 3A, Feb. 21-22 at the Salem Civic Center.*|
|Washington:||Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.*|
|West Virginia:||Feb. 27-29 at the Huntington Civic Center.*|
|Wisconsin:||Mar. 6-7 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.*||Feb. 27-29 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison;|
|Wyoming:||Feb. 28-29 at the Casper Events Center.*|
The rest is up to you. Buy those tickets and book those reservations…then, make sure you get there!