WRAL tournament features dozens of top wrestlers

Posted December 20, 2012
Updated December 21, 2012

The 41st WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament is Dec. 21-22 at Athens Drive.

— Top high school wrestlers from across the country will flock to Athens Drive High School in Raleigh Friday and Saturday for the 41st annual WRAL Wrestling Tournament.

The field of 37 teams includes three returning WRAL champions, 10 state champions and 31 wrestlers who are undefeated grappling on mats in three gyms on the Jaguar campus at 1420 Athens Drive.

Matches begin Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., and champions will be crowned Saturday after the 4:30 p.m. matches.

Among the highlights will be matches featuring Scotland County's Nick Kee (23-0, 170 pounds) and his sister, Jessi Kee (15-3) who wrestles in the 138-pound weight class.

If you go

Place: Athens Drive High School (1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606)

Date: Friday & Saturday, Dec. 21-22, 2012

Weight Classes: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285

Sanction: The tournament is sanctioned by the NCHSAA. All participants must be certified by the NCHSAA. National Federation & NCHSAA 2012-2013 rules apply.

Awards: Medals for top 4 places. Trophies for team champ, runner-up, and most falls in least amount of time. Six place scoring.

Tickets: $6 Friday, $10 Saturday, $6 Finals Only


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  • LetsGetHigh Dec 20, 2012

    37 teams......what a tournament....its like a state or regional tournament now.

  • LetsGetHigh Dec 20, 2012

    I remember wrestling in the WRAL tournament and it was just an 8 team tournament. It sure has grown exponentially. That's great. Oh btw, I did win the tournament 2 times in 1988 and 1989. Back then, it was just NC state 4A Power teams and maybe a 3A school was invited but nothing like now. Wrestlers from all over the country and medals for top 4? The wrestlers have it made now.