Since 1972, WRAL-TV and Capitol Broadcasting Company have sponsored the WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina.
2015 marks the 44rd 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 country in a double-elimination tournament. The tournament is held on six mats. Look for the field to be finalized by mid-September.
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.
2015 Tournament Schedule*
|Friday, Dec. 18||Saturday, Dec. 19|
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
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)
* subject to change
Tickets are $8 Friday, $10 Saturday and $8 for final matches only.
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.
Jack Britt won the team title in 2014.