NYWA Team Tournament Rules (updated 08-31-16)

If you have a question regarding wrestler eligibility on a team, before reading these rules, an easy way to determine whether he/she is eligible, is to ask yourself this question: If your youth wrestler was in high school right now (and in the same school district he/she attends right now), what team would he/she be allowed to compete on under MN State High School rules?  This is the case regardless if that high school team has a youth program or not.

  • For dual team tournaments, region and state, only schools recognized as CO-OPs by the MSHSL will be allowed to wrestle as one team. For a list of CO-OPs, please click the link for the MN State High School League Assignments.
  • There are 15 weight classes with 6 alternates for the region team tournaments K-6 team competition and also for state team tournament. They are as follows:  45 - 50 - 55 - 60 - 65 - 70 - 75 - 80 - 84 - 88 - 93 - 102 - 115 - 130 - Hwt. (Maximum 215 lbs.)
  • There are 9 weight classes with 4 alternates for 7th-8th grade team tournament. They are as follows: 85 - 95 - 105 - 115 - 125 - 135 - 150 - 160 - Hwt. (Maximum 235 lbs.)
  • Minimum weight for heavyweight class is 115.1 at regions and 116.1 at state because of the one-pound allowance at state. For the 45 lb. weight class, a wrestler can weigh 45 lbs. at regions and 46 lbs. at state with no minimum. There is no one-pound allowance at regions. All wrestlers will receive a one-pound allowance at state - but ONLY at state, NOT at regions. The tenths will remain uncovered at both regions and state.
  • Regional entry fee per team is $200.00.  Registration for the team regionals are completed online only; NYWA no longer will accept mailed in rosters and payments.  Coaches are asked to notify region team directors with their intent to participate for planning purposes.
  • Team rosters can change until the end of weigh-ins the day of the team tournament both at regions and at state.
  • Saturday individual weights are good for Sunday dual team region if on same weekend. The director of the team tournament must verify individual weights.
  • State entry fee per team is $250.00 for 7th & 8th grade team, $300.00 for K-6 teams. Final roster must be completed and paid for online.
  • Region team tournaments must use certified referees.
  • Region team tournaments are double elimination.
  • The top six teams at each region will advance to the state team tournament; the two regions with the most teams at their regional tournament, will advance the top 7 teams. There are no qualifying (region) team tournaments for grades 7-8.
  •  In the event two or three regions have the same number of teams:
    • The region that did not send a team the year before will send a team.
    •  The region with the most individual wrestlers will send a team.
  • Wrestlers wrestling in both individual and team at state may weigh in Friday night for both individual and team (K-4 grade). Then on Saturday, that wrestler can weigh in again at a different weight class for team competition. The 5th & 6th grade wrestlers do NOT need to weigh in again on Friday evening unless they are wrestling at a different weight for K-6 team.  
  • Team wrestlers can move up only one weight class as in high school.
  • Only coaches can present a wrestler to wrestle. It doesn't matter who runs out on the mat at any given time, when the coach tells the table workers who is wrestling, that is the presentation of the wrestler.
  • All dual team wrestlers must have shoe laces taped or covered as in high school rules.
  • All dual team wrestlers must wear head gear as in high school rules.
  • All dual team wrestlers must wear singlets.
  • For dual team tournaments, region and state, all wrestlers on each team must attend schools that feed into the high school program. If the wrestler attends a private school or is home schooled, then he/she is allowed to wrestle with the team that comes from the school district he/she lives in except if that private school is outside the district the wrestler lives in and is currently cooped with a high school with a wrestling program, then that wrestler must compete with that high school program. If the school they attend outside the district they live in does not coop with any high school wrestling program, then the original rule will apply that they can compete with the team in the district in which they live.  If a wrestler lives in one district and is home schooled or attends a private school in that district, but his/her siblings open enroll in another district, then the wrestler can wrestle with the team that is in the school district his/her siblings attend.  If you have a question regarding wrestler eligibility on a team, an easy way to determine whether he/she is eligible, is to ask yourself this question: If your youth wrestler was in high school right now (and in the same school district he/she attends right now), what team would he/she be allowed to compete on under MN State High School rules?  This is the case regardless if that high school team has a youth program or not.
  • The coach from each team is responsible to ensure that only wrestlers that are on their roster qualifies under the preceeding rule above. If any wrestler on the roster does not qualify, that team will be disqualified that year and the year following the year of infraction. Any questions regarding if a wrestler qualifies or is eligible to wrestle for a specific team, please call the NYWA office at (507) 754-4491.
  • Regions must wrestle to 7th and 8th place in the event a higher placing team can not go to state.
  • Team plaques will be given to the top four teams at the regional level. The top eight teams at state will receive awards.
  • Biting - this will be determined by the referee and follows high school rules.
  • Crying Rule - this will be determined by the referee and follows the same criteria as injury time outs.
  • Teams may forfeit weight classes at regions and state for one match and not forfeit that weight the next match.
  • Teams must compete at the regional team tournament that their school district falls under. Check the boundaries map at www.nywa-mn.com.
  • Sixth graders are allowed to be on the 7th & 8th grade team roster to fill smaller weights; however, no one under the sixth grade can participate on the 7th & 8th grade team. 
  • In the event a team is unable to attend the State Team tournament, NYWA reserves the right to replace them with any other team, beginning with the teams that wrestled in the regional tournaments.
  • Any team qualifying for the State Team tournament but is unable to attend must notify NYWA as soon as possible so NYWA may select another team to replace them. Team or teams not notifying NYWA of their state participation by Wednesday night prior to the state tournament may be replaced by alternate teams selected by NYWA.
  • Any team invited to fill a vacant spot in the State Team tournament must wrestle in that spot only.
  • Districts with 200 kids or less will advance all wrestlers to the region tournament.
  • Any wrestler sending an entry form to the region qualifier and they did not weigh in AND WRESTLE at a district tournament, within that region, will be disqualified from that regional tournament.
  • Teams that are located on the bordering line of a region can choose which region they want to attend for team regions; however, once a decision has been made to attend a certain region, they cannot switch and go to another region.

NEW MN STATE LAW: NYWA is responsible for implementation of new legislation regarding concussions in youth sports. In compliance with State legislation, NYWA has made the information available on our website to complete the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports course, as well as information regarding the sport of wrestling and the inherent risk of concussions. The course is a free, online training course that can be completed in 30-45 minutes. NYWA highly recommends that every wrestler and parent complete this training. At any NYWA event, the athletic trainer/medical staff will have final authority regarding athlete‚Äôs ability to resume activity. The course can be accessed at: www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUP/youth.html.  The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation (MN Statute 121A.37 and 121A.38) in 2011 regarding youth athletes, concussions and return to play.  Review the entire law.


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