WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament

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.

Format

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

2015 Teams*: Alexander Central, Athens Drive, Broughton, Croatan, Enka, Jack Britt, Jacksonville, Laney, Leesville, Mallard Creek, Millbrook, New Bern, New Kent, Va., North Brunswick, Northern Durham, Oscar Smith, Va., Panther Creek, Riverside, Rocky Mount, Swansboro, Union Pines, Wake Forest, West Forsyth, White Oak

*(as of May 5; field will be finalized in 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.

WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament: 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

For the fans

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

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History

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 results

Jack Britt won the team title in 2014. 2014 WRAL Wrestling Invitational Tournament Wrestling: Champions crowned at WRAL Wrestling tournament

2014 WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament results

All Time Appearances | Past Champions | Record Holders

2013 WRAL Invitational Wrestling Tournament results

2012 results

2011 results

Contacts

Tournament Director: Jerry Barker | jerrybarker61@earthlink.net

Site Coordinator/Co-Tournament Director: Sean Finkbeiner, Athens Drive HS, 1420 Athens Dr., Raleigh NC 27606. | sfinkbeiner2@wcpss.net

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