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Since 1972, WRAL-TV and Capitol Broadcasting Company have sponsored the WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina.

2015 marks the 44th annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Matches will be held Dec. 18-19 at Athens Drive High School, 1420 Athens Drive in Raleigh.


The field includes teams from across the region in a double-elimination tournament. The tournament is held on six mats.

2015 Teams:

Alexander Central WRAL 4th, 4A 9th; Athens Drive; Beddingfield; Broughton; Bunn; Croatan 2A 4th, runner-up duals; East Gaston; Enka 3A 5th; First Flight; Fuquay Varina; Cardinal Gibbons; Green Hope; Havelock; Heritage; Jack Britt 4A state & dual champs, WRAL champs; Jacksonville; Laney 14 4A; Leesville; Mallard Creek 12 4A; Millbrook; New Bern; New Kent, Va., 3A 5th; North Brunswick; Northwoods; Northern Durham 14 4A; Oscar Smith, Va., 6A 6th, WRAL 3rd; Panther Creek; Riverside 4A 6th; Rocky Mount; Swansboro 3A 2nd; Topsail; Vance; Wake Forest; Wakefield; Weddington 3A 8th; West Forsyth WRAL 2nd; Western Harnett; White Oak

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 NCHSAA. National Federation & NCHSAA rules apply.

Pairings: Available daily during the tournament from TrackWrestling.com

Awards: Medals for top 5 placers. Trophies for team champions, runners-up and most falls in least time (championship). 6-place scoring.

WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament: Scoring

2014 WRAL Wrestling Invitational Tournament

2015 Tournament Schedule*

Friday, Dec. 18

1:30 p.m. Weigh-ins

2:15 p.m. Coaches scratch meeting

3:15 p.m. First Round (6 mats in 3 locations)

5:30 p.m. (approx.) Championship 2nd round & Consolation 1st Round

7:30 p.m. (approx.) Consolation 2nd round

Saturday, Dec. 19

7:00 a.m. Weigh-ins

8:00 a.m. Quarterfinals (mats 1-3) & consol. 3rd round

10:00 a.m. (approx.) Semifinals (mats 1-2) and Consolation 4th round

1:00 p.m. (approx.) Consolation quarterfinals (3 mats)

2:00 p.m. (approx.) Consolation semifinals (3 mats)

3:45 p.m. (approx.) Championship Finals, 3rd place, 5th place (3 mats) and Awards Ceremony (awards to top 5 places)

*schedule is tentative until finalized.

2014 WRAL Wrestling Invitational Tournament

For the fans

Tickets are $8 Friday, $10 Saturday and $8 for final matches only.

More spectator information

Tournament results

Jack Britt won the team title in 2014.

2014 WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament results

WRES: Gwiazdowski Wins 2014 National Championship

2014 WRAL Wrestling Invitational Tournament

From the record book

All Time Appearances | Past Champions | Record Holders


In October 1972, Bob Caudle of WRAL-TV in Raleigh proposed that a high school wrestling tournament be held at North Carolina State University. This signaled the birth of the WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament! The tournament committee consisted of Johnny Clements and Watson Hollifield, the city and county athletic directors, and tournament director, Jerry Barker, then assistant wrestling coach at NC State. Seven Raleigh area schools participated and the finals were held in the WRAL-TV studio.

Since that time, more than 7,000 wrestlers from hundreds of teams from across the country have participated in what has become one of the most competitive and highly anticipated high school wrestling events of the year. Wrestlers who participate in the WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament regularly go on to state championships and collegiate wrestling careers.


Tournament Director: Jerry Barker | jerrybarker61@earthlink.net

Site Coordinator: Chris Martin, Athens Drive HS, 1420 Athens Dr., Raleigh NC 27606. | cmartin1@wcpss.net | 919-622-9948