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30th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals - Senior Division
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30th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals - Senior Division

3/29/2019 to 3/31/2019
When: March 29-31, 2019
Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia  23451
United States
Contact: Mattie Potter

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Registration will close Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.


**All pre-sold t-shirts & bags MUST be picked up on site**


This event is the most prestigious high school event, in any sport, throughout the country. The 2018 National Championships culminated with a total of 4,430 entries. The 2018 Senior Nationals had 840 entries from 47 states and Germany. There were 395 State Champions: 8 4x State Champions, 29 3x State Champions, 73 2x State Champions, 130 1x State Champions. There were also 647 State Placewinners.

A springboard to greatness... NHSCA National Championship Events have seen hundreds of its participants enjoy illustrious college careers. Many NCAA champions and All-Americans and USA Olympians have competed in NHSCA National Championship Events when they were in high school. On average NHSCA Nationals alumni make an average of 15 of the 20 NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championship finals appearances each year. On average, 7 of the 10 NHSCA participants claim NCAA titles. 54 of the 80 2018 NCAA All Americans competed here when they were high school career. The 2018 Senior Nationals produced some unbelievable talent that is going to be a threat for years to come on the collegiate level.

Accept no substitute... Modeled after the NCAA Division I Championship, the NHSCA National Wrestling Championships affords you the very best competition in the country and best chance to be noticed by college coaches. This is a showdown where the best meet the best. It will test your mental and physical toughness as a wrestler. This is a tremendous opportunity for the nation's top ranked wrestlers to collide with the "small school" state runner-up; put the rankings aside and prove that they are the top Senior wrestler in the country in their weight class. The top 8 place finishers in each weight class will officially be declared Senior All-Americans and will also be recognized at the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum. Truly a brilliant wrestling tradition... Don't miss your chance to be a part of it. One Senior Champion will be crowned in each weight class. The top eight place finishers in each weight class are officially declared
Senior All-Americans and will receive a statue as well as an All-American certificate.

A showcase for college recruiting... Every college wrestling coach in the country has been invited to attend this event. Past events have served as tremendous showcases of recruiting for the college coach. Last year, over 200 college and university wrestling coaches attended the event. The list of schools included the top 25 Division I wrestling programs in the country. The NHSCA also includes free clinics throughout the event by the best of the best. There have been thousands of scholarships over the past 20 years awarded to individuals because of their performance at this event. Please do not confuse... The 30th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals with any other event. All 40 mats will also be webcast live from Virginia Beach by FLOwrestlingClick Here to see the NHSCA All Americans from years past and full brackets. The full list of NCAA Champions and All-Americans that have competed in this event is extensive.

Don't miss your chance to take your place among the wrestling legends that have proven their abilities on the mat at this event.





Eligibility- 12th grade

Wrestler must be enrolled in high school with Senior eligibility in the 2018-2019 school year. There are NO exceptions!


Please Note: If you are NOT enrolled in 12th grade, you will be disqualified on the spot and will not be able to compete the 2020 Nationals Championships.


All wrestlers are asked to bring a copy of their most recent report card or birth certificate to registration/weigh ins as proof if needed.


Entry Fee:  $60


Please Note: Entry fee will only be refunded with a doctor's note.

Please email the note to Mattie at Refunds will be processed in a timely manner. Any refunds submitted between March 24-31, 2019 will be completed upon our return to the office.



Federation weights will be in place: 

113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285 

There will be one weigh-in for the entire event with a 3-pound weight allowance. 
i.e. 120 weight class will be 123 pounds 

Wrestlers may compete at:

  • The weight class at which you entered your State's 2018-19 Individual or Dual Meet Championships
  • A higher weight class
  • As low as your "Minimum Weight Class" according to the NWCA Optimal Weight Calculator, verified by a hard copy of your schools Alpha Master Report.
    • If your state does NOT use the OPC, then you are required to wrestle no lower than the weight you wrestled at your Individual State or Dual Meet Championships.

For example: If your optimum weight calculator allows you to compete at 121.8, you are only eligible for the 126 lb weight class NOT 120. Your optimum weight calculator must allow you to compete at the "scratch" weight class. However, you can enter the same weight or any weight class higher.

 All wrestlers MUST weigh-in in singlets!


Early Weigh Ins

With an additional $20 fee, you can weigh in during the Early Weigh In time of 2-4pm on Thursday. To purchase online, select the Early Weigh In on the second page of the wrestler's registration process. 

Please note: This early weigh in is only valid for the 30th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals.



Weight Changes

  • You can email Mattie - by midnight of Tuesday, March 26th to change your weight prior to weigh ins
  • Any change received after this time will occur on-site at the weight-change scale.
    • There is no fee to change your weight on site!

If you are in need of a late weigh in, please email the request to Mattie - Potter@nhsca.comAll requests must be approved by the Tournament Director.


Skin Issues

If your wrestler has any skin issues, please print this form for your doctor. Form must be filled out by doctor within 7 days of the start of competition at NHSCA Nationals and brought to weigh-ins.


Please note: We still reserve the right to override form if our head trainer/doctor sees any "active" skin issues.




Championship Bracket: 2-2-2

Consolation Bracket: 1-1:30-1:30

There will be full wrestle backs for all consolation matches.

Please Note: All American rounds will revert back to 2-2-2 matches.




The National Wrestling Championships will follow the strictest interpretation of the NFHS rules with the following exceptions:

  • Headgear is optional for high school
    • Unless a hair cover is required to meet grooming
  • Uniform type is optional i.e. high school, club, generic singlet, two piece approved by Federation, etc.
  • Shoe laces are secured if double knotted but at your own peril
  • College out of bounds rules will be used for control and near-fall/falls 

Video Challenge

Video challenges will be permitted starting with the Quarter-Finals in the championship bracket and the Consolation Round of 12 in the consolation bracket. Coaches will be required to place a $50.00 deposit, which will be returned if the call on the mat is changed. 


All-American Status

The top eight place finishers in each weight class will receive awards as well as official recognition as Senior All-Americans.


Upon achieving all-American status, you will receive a certificate with your award.


All-Americans will also be recognized at the future National High School Digital Hall of Fame. 



Team Scoring & Award


All American Awards

Craig Wesner Most Falls in the Least Amount of Time
Just one week before Craig Wesner was to leave for the 1995 Senior National Championships, the Omro (WI) High School wrestler competed in a fund-raising tournament. After a victory, he shook hands with his opponent, raised his arm in triumph, bent down to unstrap his ankle band and collapsed. The coroner would later say that the 18-year-old died immediately of a congenital heart defect – with no blame toward wrestling.


Jeff Reese Most Outstanding Wrestler
The National Championships’ Outstanding Wrestler Award is named the Jeff Reese Award in honor of the late wrestler who died at age 20 in 1997 following a workout at the University of Michigan, where he was a scholarship wrestler. A six-year varsity starter at Elmira Southside High School in New York, Jeff was a six-year varsity starter and a three-time state place winner, ascending to the 138-pound title as a senior. He would finish third in the 1995 NHSCA Championships.


Adam Frey Memorial Award

Given to a participant who overcame adversity in their life. Adam Frey was a wrestler at Blair Academy and Cornell University. Adam was the 2005 Senior National Champion. He lost his battle with cancer in December of 2009. He leaves behind a legacy in the Adam Frey Foundation, which he set up to give comfort to and provide enjoyment for those receiving treatment for cancer.


Tom Marquis Memorial Award

This award began in 2012 after the loss of a true American Hero, Thomas Joseph Marquis, US Navy SEAL. Tom attended many NHSCA events and was always a star. His personality could light up the room. He was a great friend and ally. He served our country for 25 years as a Navy SEAL on SEAL Team 5 based in Coronado, California. After retiring in 2006, Tom continued to work as a recruiter of the Navy SEALs. He was responsible for the development and oversight of a national recruitment system that increased the quality and quantity of the Navy SEAL candidates. He was truly a hero. This award is given to the Coach or Official that displays selflessness and as a mentor those both in and out of his program.


Jeff Blatnick Sportsmanship Award
The three-time All-American at Springfield College, who wrestled in high school at Niskayuna High School in New York, made the 1980 Olympic Team, but didn’t compete because of the United States boycott of the Games. The most amazing part of Blatnick’s Olympic Gold story is the fact that in 1982 he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma that resulted in his spleen and appendix being removed. During the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Blatnick and teammate Steve Fraser were the first American’s to ever win Gold Medals in Greco-Roman Olympic wrestling history. Blatnick carried the USA flag at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Games. In 1999, Blatnick, was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Jeff Blatnick award is presented to a wrestler that displays outstanding sportsmanship both on and off the mat.


**Individual Awards will be given at the conclusion of the championship finals. You must be present on the awards stand during the presentation to receive your award. Make your travel plans according. Awards will NOT be shipped under any circumstances.**



Additional Information

Entry fee will only be refunded with a doctor's note.

Please email the note to Mattie at Refunds will be processed in a timely manner. Any refunds submitted between March 24-31, 2019 will be completed upon our return to the office.

There is no penalty or fee to change your weight. All changes will occur on site at the scales. 

You are not required to have a coach at the event. If you are attending the Championships without a coach, you can sign up for the 'Orphan Coach' during the Wrestlers and Coaches Meeting.




We feature clinics for our wrestlers, coaches, and parents throughout the event -- Free of charge!

2019 High School National Clinicians will feature:


Daryl Thomas

Thomas is the assistant coach at Old Dominion University.

He has worked with ODU light weights and helped guide four wrestlers to the 2019 NCAA Championships, including All American Larry Early.

Thomas is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

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Teague Moore

Teague Moore

Moore is the current head coach at American University

is Washington, DC. He has held this position the last eight years.


Moore was a 1998 NCAA Champion for the Oklahoma State

Cowboys. He was also a 3x NCAA All American.


Moore was a 1996 NHSCA Senior National Champion.

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Kevin Jack

Jack is the graduate assistant at North Carolina State.


Jack was a 3x NCAA All American for the Wolfpack, who graduated in 2018.


Jack is one of the most highly touted wrestlers to come out of New England.


In high school, Jack was a 3x NHSCA All American.


Nate Carr Jr.

Carr is the current assistant coach at Lock Haven University.

Carr has assistant in building the Bald Eagles into a national presence along side Coach Scott Moore. Lock Haven as finished in the Top 20 the past two seasons at the NCAA Championships.

Carr is a graduate of Iowa State University and was the 2007 National Junior College Champion for ICCC.

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Jeff Connors

Connors spent 31 years as a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach.


Connors was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 as well as to the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame 2016. He was named the College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in 2017. 


Connors is now part of Train Heroic and has put together a strength and conditioning series geared for wrestlers. Click here to see more!

Mike Grey   

Mike Grey

Grey is the assistant coach at Cornell University.


Grey has been part of seven Ivy League and six EIWA title teams, all of whom finished in the top 10 at the NCAA championships. He has assisted in the development of eight NCAA champions and 27 All-Americans.


During his college years, Grey was a 2x NCAA All American at Cornell.


Grey was the 2006 NHSCA Senior National Champion.

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 BROOKINGS, SD: AUGUST 23: .......... (Dave Eggen/Inertia)

Cam Simaz

Simaz is the current assistant coach at South Dakota State.

Simaz has coached West Point, serving as the Director of the West Point Regional Training Center. Prior to West Point, Simaz coached at the Wildcat Wrestling Club in Illinois and at the Fingerlakes Wrestling Club in Ithaca, NY.

As a collegiate wrestler, Simaz earned All-America honors four times at Cornell, including winning a national title at 197 pounds as a senior in 2012 after runner-up finishes the previous two seasons. With Simaz in the lineup, the Big Red finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships all four seasons.




Past clinicians include:

Cael Sanderson (Penn State)
Rob Koll (Cornell)
Brian Smith (Missouri)
Pat Santoro (Lehigh)
Cary Kolat (Campbell)
Pat Popolizio (NC State)
Lee Pritts (Arizona State)
Kerry McCoy (Maryland)
Eric Guerrero (Oklahoma State)
Cory Cooperman
Brad Dillon (Lehigh)
John Hughes (Lehigh)
Zack Esposito (Oklahoma State)
Matt Pell

Matt Lackey (Buffalo)
Jon Sioredas (Grand Canyon)
Matt Storniolo (Northwestern)
Jake Herbert (CK Wrestling Club)
Damion Logan (Apex Wrestling School)
Teague Moore (American)
Kevin Dresser (Virginia Tech)
Dave Dean (Lowell HS)
JohnMark Bentley (App State)
Kevin Jackson (Iowa State)
Charlie Heard
Tim Vanni
Damion Hahn (Cornell)
Steve Martin (Old Dominion)





March 28, 2019


Doors Open
*Check scale will be available 12-1pm





Early Coach Registration - Hall A



Early Wrestler Weigh-Ins -- Valid for HS Nationals only.

$20 online (available during wrestler's registration)

$25 onsite - cash only


**Tickets will be available for purchase.




Early Coach's Meeting located in NHSCA Theater, Suite 4 upstairs



Wrestler Weigh Ins
Coaches Registration - Hall A


**Tickets will be available for purchase.




Mandatory Coach's Meeting located in NHSCA Theater, Suite 4 upstairs 



March 29,2019




Doors Open


Coach Registration - Hall A


Wrestling Begins



Asics Autograph Signing with Kyle Dake - Fan Expo, Asics Suites

4x NCAA Champion & NHSCA Sr. National Champ

Use your hotel card for access to the Fast Pass Lane!

10-11am  Navy SEALs Demonstration - Fan Expo 
11am-12pm  Clinic with Daryl Thomas - Assistant at Old Dominion - Fan Expo 
1-2pm  Clinic with Kevin Jack - Grad Assistant at North Carolina State - Fan Expo
2-3pm  Navy SEALs Demonstration - Fan Expo  
3-4pm   Clinic with Nate Carr Jr. - Assistant Coach at Lock Haven - Fan Expo
5-6pm  Clinic with Mike Grey - Assistant Coach at Cornell University - Fan Expo


March 30, 2019


Doors Open


Wrestling Begins

9-10am  Clinic with Teague Moore - Head Coach at American - Fan Expo 
Quarterfinals - All high school divisions
11am-12pm  Strength & Conditioning Clinic with Jeff Connors  - Train Heroic - Fan Expo
1-2pm  Clinic with Cam Simaz - Assistant Coach at South Dakota State - Fan Expo  
Semifinals - All high school divisions


College Recruiting Fair in VBCC Lobby



March 31, 2019

Doors Open
Medal matches - 3rd, 5th, 7th -Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Finals- Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

  Wrestling will conclude by 1pm. 

**Awards will be given at the conclusion of the championship finals for each division in Hall A. You must be present on the awards stand during the presentation to receive your award. Plan according. Awards will NOT be shipped.**


*Schedule is subject change.




To coach at the 30th Annual NHSCA National Championships – Fr, So, Jr, Sr divisions, follow the steps below:

1. Be a current member of the NHSCA - Click here to join today! – Membership is $30.

  • A list of membership benefits can be seen here.

2. Purchase a 2019 All Event Coach Pass – Click here to purchase!

  • $70 online - available until Wednesday, March 27th at 11:59pm EST.
  • $80 on- site
  • The All Event Coach Pass is your "ticket" into the event.
  • You do not need to purchase a spectator admissions ticket.

The All Event Coach Pass in non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions. 

You can purchase your All Event Coach Pass at the event. Please note, the pass at the event will be $80. Method of payment accepted at the event are: School Checks, Cash, Credit. No personal checks will be accepted.


If you purchase both your NHSCA membership and the All Event Coach Pass online, you will check-in in the "Express Line” at the event.  Your check-in time at the event will be substantially quicker. Print your receipts and make it even quicker!

This All Event Pass will allow you to coach at the 30th Annual Nationals and the 20th Annual National Duals, May 25-27, 2019 also held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.






Daily tickets will be available to purchase at the VBCC

Adult $30
Senior (65 and up) $15
Student (ages 7-18) $15
Active Military (with ID) Free
Children 6 and under Free



3 Day Passes will be available to purchase at the VBCC

Adult $80
Senior (65 and up) $40
Student (ages 7-18) $40
Active Military (with ID) Free
Children 6 and under Free





What is the closest airport?
The closest airport is Norfolk. It is approximate 18 miles from the venue.

Do I have to wear my high school singlet?
No! You can wear any singlet of your choosing. School singlets are fine provided your school does not have an issue.

Do I have to weigh in in a singlet?
Yes! All wrestlers are required to wear singlets for weigh ins.

Do I have to wear headgear?
No! Headgear is not required but recommended for your safety.

Do I need to be clean shaven for the tournament?
Facial hair must meet normal grooming standards; clean-shaven with sideburns no lower than the earlobes. If hair is longer than allowed by rule then a hair cover must be worn to satisfy the hair rule. If a hair cover is worn then a headgear is mandatory.

If I purchase a T-Shirt, will it be shipped to me?
No! You will pick up your t-shirt on site during the event from the World Wide Sports Supply T-Shirt Stand located in the lobby of the VBCC.

Can I bring a cooler into the tournament?
The VBCC does not allow outside food or beverages.


Will there be a mat open to workout on Thursday?
Yes, mat space will be available during the weigh in times only!

Will there be a check scale available on Thursday?
Yes, a check scale will be available at the VBCC.

Do I need to have a coach?
No, you are not required to have a coach. We do have an “orphan coach” that you can sign up for at the event as well!

Does a coach have to check in Thursday?
No, coaches can check in anytime throughout the duration of the event to pick up or purchase an All Events Coach Pass.





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