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26th Annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships - Senior Division
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26th Annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships - Senior Division

3/27/2015 to 3/29/2015
When: 3/27/2015
Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, Virginia  23451
United States
Contact: Mattie Potter

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This event is the most prestigious high school event, in any sport, throughout the country. The 2014 National High School Championships culminated with a total of 3,368. The numbers for the 2014 Senior Division: 618 Entries; 254 State Champions featuring 10 4x State Champions, 19 3x State Champions, 72 2x State Champions, 133 1x State Champions, and 494 State Place Winners.

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 High School 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. 55 of the 80 2014 NCAA All Americans competed here when they were high school career. The 2014 High School 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 High School Nationals Wrestling Championship 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 High School 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 High School Senior Champion will be crowned in each weight class. The top eight place finishers in each weight class are officially declared High School Senior All-Americans and will receive a statue as well as 3 All-American certificates, one for you, one for your high school trophy case and one for your high school coach.

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 26th Annual NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships, Senior division, with any other event. 28 mats will also be webcast live from Virginia Beach by FLOwrestling.

Click 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.



Registration will close Tuesday, March 24, 2015.



Eligibility - 12th grade and fit one criteria below
Wrestler must be enrolled in high school with Senior eligibility. There are NO exceptions!
5th year seniors are not eligible. Post grads are not eligible.

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

Senior Wrestler must fit one of the criteria below:

  • State Champion or State Runner-up at once throughout your high school wrestling scholastic career.
    • Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania will qualify the Top 4 State Place Finishers
    • California will qualify the Top 8 State Placers
  • Placed in one of the following NHSCA Events - Previous NHSCA All American
    • Top 4 at the NHSCA National Open
    • Top 8 at the NHSCA Freshman Nationals
    • Top 8 at the NHSCA Sophomore Nationals
    • Top 8 at the NHSCA Junior Nationals
  • If you do not fit any of this criteria, you will need to petition for a wildcard.
    • Click Here to download the wildcard information. Once filled out, please email to
    • You will receive a response within 24 hours.



Entry Fee - $50

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

Please email or fax the note to Mattie at or (610) 923-0800.



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. 106 weight class will be 109 pounds

Wrestlers may compete at:

  • the weight class at which you entered your State's 2014-15 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.

There is no penalty for changing weight classes. You can either change on site or email Mattie at by midnight on March 23, 2015.

If you are in need of a late weigh in, please email Mattie -


Skin Issues

If your wrestle 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.

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


Championship bracket matches will be 2- 2- 2.

Consolation bracket matches will be 1-1.5-1.5. There will be full wrestle backs for all consolation matches.

All-American round matches will revert back to 2-2-2 matches.

All matches during the Senior division will use college out of bounds rules.


All-American Status

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

Upon achieving all-American status, you will receive 3 certificates:

  • One certificate is for you
  • One for your school
  • One for your coach

All-American's will also be recognized at the National High School Hall of Fame Museum, currently under construction in Easton, PA.


Team Scoring & Award

Top 8 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 High School 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.

Cherie Elvin Memorial Award
This award will be given to the wrestler who is the highest scorer from the state of Kansas. Cherie and her husband Chuck have lead Team Kansas for many years. Cherie lost her life in September 2011 during the tragic events at the Reno Air Show. Her support and effort for Kansas wrestling will not be forgotten.

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.

**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. Plan according. Awards will NOT be shipped.**

Team Award

The top scoring state will receive the award. The highest place finisher from each state will score for their state.


Additional Information

Entry fee will only be refunded with a doctor's note. Please email or fax the note to Mattie at or (610) 923-0800.

There is no penalty to change your weight. Changes made by midnight Monday, March 23rd wil 



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

Current clinics at the 2015 Championships include:

Kevin Jackson
Friday at 8am
Head Coach at Iowa State
1992 Olympic Gold Medalist. 2x World Champion.
4x All American at LSU & Iowa State. NCAA Runner Up

Tervel Dlagnev
Friday at 10am

Cliff Keen Sponsored Athlete
2012 Olympic Team Member. Silver World Cup Medalist,
2x Pan American Champion, 2x NCAA D2 National Champion &
4x D2 All American at Nebraska-Kearney

Steve Martin
Friday at 12pm

Head Coach at Old Dominion
NCAA All American for the University of Iowa.

JohnMark Bentley
Friday at 2pm
Head Coach at Appalachian State
1997 NHSCA Senior National Champion, 2001 NCAA Qualifier
Kevin Dresser
Friday at 4pm
Head Coach at Virginia Tech
2x All American for the University of Iowa
'Mean' Gene Mills
Saturday at 8am
Head Coach at Pin 2 Win
1980 Olympian. 3x World Cup Champion.
4x All American for Syracuse. 2x NCAA National Champion

Lee Pritts
Saturday at 10am
Assistant Coach at Arizona State
1996 All American for Eastern Michigan.
Dave Dean
Saturday at 12pm
 Coach Finger Lakes Wrestling Club
1987 NCAA Runner Up, 2x NCAA All American

Charlie Heard
Saturday at 4pm

3x NCAA All American, NCAA Runner Up


Past clinicians include:

Cael Sanderson (Penn State)
Rob Koll (Cornell)
Brian Smith (Missouri)
Pat Santoro (Lehigh)
Cary Kolat (UNC)
Lee Pritts (Arizona State)
Eric Guerrero (Oklahoma State)
Cory Cooperman
Brad Dillon (Lehigh)
Zack Esposito (Oklahoma State)
Matt Pell
Matt Lackey (Buffalo)
Jon Sioredas (UTC)
Matt Storniolo (Northwestern)
Jake Herbert (CK Wrestling Club)
Damion Logan (Apex Wrestling School)
Teague Moore (American)
Kevin Dresser (Virginia Tech)
Dave Dean (Lowell (MI))







Thursday, March 26, 2015
12-5pm Early Coach Check In at the VBCC

The Ultimate Member Weigh Ins at the Doubletree, 1900 Pavilion Dr. Virginia Beach, VA
Click Here for more information on the Ultimate Membership & the UA - Can register onsite!


Meet & Greet with Derek Brunson

Wrestler Registration and Weigh Ins at VBCC
Coach Registration and Check Ins at VBCC
Mandatory Coaches and Wrestlers Meeting
Coach's Social - Sunset Bar & Grille

Friday, March 27, 2015

Doors Open
Wrestler's and Coach's Clinic - Kevin Jackson, Head Coach at Iowa State
Wrestling Begins
Wrestler's and Coach's Clinic - Tervel Dlagnev, Cliff Keen Sponsored Athlete
12pm Wrestler's and Coach's Clinic - Steve Martin, Head Coach at Old Dominion
Wrestler's and Coach's Clinic - JohnMark Bentley, Head Coach at Appalachian State
4pm Wrestler's and Coach's Clinic - Kevin Dresser, Head Coach at Virginia Tech
Coach's Social - Max & Erma in the DoubleTree


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Doors Open
Wrestler's and Coach's Clinic - Gene Mills, Head Coach at Pin 2 Win
Wrestling Begins
Wrestler's and Coach's Clinic - Lee Pritts, Assistant Coach at Arizona State
Wrestler's and Coach's Clinic - Charlie Heard
College Recruiting Fair
Coach's Social - Max & Erma in the DoubleTree 



Sunday, March 29, 2015

8am Doors Open
Wrestling Begins
Freshman & Sophomore Finals
Junior & Senior Finals

**Awards will be given at the conclusion of the championship finals for each division. 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 26th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals – Fr, So, Jr, Sr divisions, you must:

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 an All Event Coach Pass - Click Here! – All Event Coach Pass is $70.

  • The All Event Coach Pass is your "ticket" into the event.
  • You do not need to purchase an admissions ticket.
  • In addition the NHSCA membership benefits, the All Event Coach pass to the High School Nationals includes a 1-year subscription to WIN magazine.

The All Event Coach Pass in non-refundable.

Online Event passes and membership will be available online until Wednesday, March 25th at 8 p.m. 

You can purchase your All Event Coach Pass online or onsite at the event! 

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 26th Annual High School Nationals and the 16th Annual National Duals May 22-25, 2015 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.





Purchase your 3 Day Spectator Admission Pass - all tickets are non-refundable.
There will be no discounted 3 day passes sold onsite. 3 day passes are available online until Tuesday, March 24th.

Adult (Ages 19 up)


Student (Ages 7-18)


Ages 6 and Under


**You will pick up your pass onsite at the VBCC Ticket Window** 


Individual Day Admission Tickets are only available onsite at the VBCC.

Adult (Ages 19 and up)


Student (Ages 7-18)


Ages 6 and Under



Event programs can be purchased on site at the ticket windows or the NHSCA booth.


We would like to offer free admission to Active Military personnel with proper ID. Please come to the NHSCA table located in the main lobby.




All media will receive the following:

  • Free entry into the event -- You will need to show your credentials to receive your entry.
    • Please go to the NHSCA table located in the lobby of the VBCC when you arrive.
  • Seating at head table with power source
  • Program
  • Brackets




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

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

Do I have to be clean shaved?
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.

If I purchase an Event Ticket, will it be shipped to me?
No! You will pick up your ticket on site at the VBCC Will Call Window.

Can I bring a cooler into the tournament?
This is the discretion of the VBCC, not the NHSCA. Please contact the VBCC directly!

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 be clean shaven for the tournament?
Yes, this is at the discretion of the head official.

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.


Future Dates

April 1-3, 2016 at the VBCC, Virginia Beach, VA

March 24-26, 2017 at the VBCC, Virginia Beach, VA

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