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

2016 marks the 45th annual WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Matches will be held Dec. 16 and 17 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.

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

For the fans

Tickets are $10 for all sessions.

More spectator information

Tournament results

2015 WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament results

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: Alex Von Hoene | AVonHoene@Bellsouth.net

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

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