State Duals Invitational

The three-class tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 22, at Westfield High School, just north of Indianapolis. 

The Duals are an attempt to rekindle the excitement of a state championship event, featuring many of the best wrestling teams in Indiana, following the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s decision to end its state team tournament. 

Admission will be $10. 

The IHSAA ended its team state wrestling finals last February following a 17-year run. 

In response, the IHSWCA has started a “team state” tournament of its own, with eight mat squads competing in each of three classes based on school enrollment. 

Perry Meridian – the IHSAA’s final dual meet tourney winner – will be part of the field. So are two other teams that reached the Final Four last season, Indianapolis Cathedral and Evansville Mater Dei. 

Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. The finals should start around 6 p.m. 

Losing teams will drop into a consolation bracket and have the opportunity to wrestle for third through eighth place in their respective classes. 

Tourney brackets and first-round opponents are tentatively slated to be announced Saturday, December 15. 

Participating teams include: 

Class AAA (large schools) 

Bloomington South, Center Grove, Elkhart Memorial, Evansville Mater Dei, Franklin Community, Indianapolis Cathedral, Penn, and Perry Meridian.

Class AA (medium-sized schools) 

Culver Academies,  Danville,Evansville Memorial, Heritage Hills, Jimtown, Muncie Southside, Southmont, and Yorktown.

Class A (small schools) 

Adams Central, Bremen, Churubusco, Lewis Cass, Milan, Prairie Heights, South Adams, and South Putnam.

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