STATE CENTRAL: Individual Wrestling

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STATE CENTRAL: Individual Wrestling

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The IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals feature a mixture of old and new in the 2012 edition of the state tournament, as the tourney returns to a three-day format for the first time since 1988. State champions will be crowned across 14 weight classes in Class 1A, 2A and 3A, respectively, at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University Illinois in Champaign. The state meet begins on Thursday, February 16 and will conclude on Saturday, February 18.

While the three-day format is a return to yesteryear, the weight classes look significantly different in 2012, a result of the NFHS making significant changes to weight classes for the first time in nearly 25 years.

The 2012 state meet also marks the 75th in the history of the tournament, the 44th consecutive year that Assembly Hall will serve as the host and the fourth year of the three-class state series.

The move back to a three-day tournament came as a result of changes to the classifications by the IHSA Board in June that led to more wrestlers qualifying for the state meet. Previously, a larger percentage of schools competed in Class 3A, in comparison to Class 1A and Class 2A, which resulted in 16 wrestlers per weight class qualifying for the state meet in Class 3A, while 12 per weight class qualified in Class 1A and Class 2A. The aforementioned changes led to an even 1/3 split amongst the three classes and the tournament was restructured to allow 16 wrestlers per weight class to qualify in all three classes this year. The new schedule for 2012 is listed in the righthand sidebar.

The weight class changes, which were a national rule change at the high school level, are listed below with last year’s weight and the new weight for 2012.

Weight Classes
2011      2012

103         106
112         113
119         120
125         126
130         132
135         138
140         145
145         152
152         160
160         170
171         182
189         195
215         220
285         285






Assembly Hall (Champaign)


Thursday, February 16
      Session 1
2:30 PM - 1A Prelims
4:30 PM - 2A Prelims
6:30 PM - 3A Prelims

Friday, February 17

     Session 2
8:30 AM - Quarterfinals
1:00 PM - First Round
     Session 3
7:00 PM - Semifinals

Saturday, February 18
      Session 4
9:00 AM - Quarterfinal
11:00 AM - Semifinal
1:00 PM - 5th/6th Place
     Session 5
5:30 PM - 3rd/4th Place
7:00 PM - Grand March
            State Championships


Thursday       1A      2A      3A
Friday           1A      2A      3A
Saturday       1A      2A      3A

All matches will be available live on

WCCI  100.3 FM (Savanna)
Area schools and general 1A & 2A coverage
Internet Broadcast

$8 or $10 per session





2012 State Series Results

Past Individual Champions

Record Book


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