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27th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Championships - Senior Division
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27th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Championships - Senior Division

4/1/2016 to 4/3/2016
When: April 1-3, 2016
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 2015 National Championships culminated with a total of 3,498. The numbers for the 2015 Senior Division: 613 Entries; 376 State Champions featuring 13 4x State Champions, 23 3x State Champions, 71 2x State Champions, 113 1x State Champions, and 485 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 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. 56 of the 80 2015 NCAA All Americans competed here when they were high school career. The 2015 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 afford 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 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 27th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Championships, Senior division, with any other event. 36 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.





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.
    • Wildcards will NOT be excepted until the completion of your 2016 State Championship!
    • Click here to download the 2016 wildcard email.


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. 120 weight class will be 123 pounds

Wrestlers may compete at:

  • the weight class at which you entered your State's 2015-16 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.


Weight Changes

There are 2 options to change your weight:

1.     Email Mattie at by midnight on Saturday, March 26, 2016

2.     Change when you weigh in at the tournament.

Please Note: There is no fee to change your weight.

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.



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
  • 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.

Any appeals to rulings on the mat will require $50 on the table from the coach in order to be mediated by the head official.


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 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 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.**

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 the note to Mattie at or fax to (610) 923-0800. Refunds will be processed in a timely manner.

There is no penalty or fee to change your weight. Changes made by midnight Saturday, March 26th will be completed. All other weight changes will occur at the scales. 

If you want to add state place finishes or seeding information once you registered, please email to Mattie by Saturday, March 26th at midnight for changes to be effective.

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.




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

Clinic schedule will be posted as clinics are confirmed:

Kevin Dresser
Head Coach
Virginia Tech
In the past four seasons, Virginia Tech’s stock has risen on the national scene as the Hokies are currently ranked #3 in the nation according to the lastest USA Today rankings.
Pat Popolizio Head Coach
North Carolina State
North Carolina State is currently ranked #2 in the nation. Popolizio took over the NC State position in 2012 after a successful run at Binghamton University (NY). He has turned the program into a national powerhouse.
Brian Smith
Head Coach
Smith has quite the resume after 17 seasons at Mizzou. Smith has coached a total of 25 All Americans and 5 NCAA Championships. Smith was named the MAC Coach of the Year the past three seasons and the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2012. The Tigers are currently ranked #6.
Steve Martin
Head Coach
Old Dominion
Martin took over the helm at ODU in 2004 after a long and prosperous career at Great Bridge High School where he lead them to 13 state championships titles in 14 years. At ODU, Martin has coached 51 Monarch wrestlers to the big show with 7 becoming All Americans.
Gene Mills
Pin 2 Win Wrestling Club
He went on to compete at Syracuse University where he was the first 4x All American. He was also a 2x NCAA National Champion and the Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships. He was a member of the 1980 Olympic Team and was voted the “Athlete of the Year” by the US Olympic Committee.

Past clinicians include:

Cael Sanderson (Penn State)
Rob Koll (Cornell)
Brian Smith (Missouri)
Pat Santoro (Lehigh)
Cary Kolat (UNC)
Kerry McCoy (Maryland)
Lee Pritts (Arizona State)
Eric Guerrero (Oklahoma State)
Cory Cooperman
Brad Dillon (Lehigh)
Zack Esposito (Oklahoma State)
Matt Pell
Dave Dean (Lowell HS (MI))
Matt Lackey
Jon Sioredas (UTC)
Matt Storniolo (Northwestern)
Jake Herbert (CK Wrestling Club)
Damion Logan (Apex Wrestling School)
Teague Moore (American)
Kevin Dresser (Virginia Tech)
Charlie Heard
Steve Martin (ODU)
JohnMark Bentley (App State)
Kevin Jackson (Iowa State)







Thursday, March 31,       2016
12-5pm Early Coach Registration

The Ultimate Member Weigh In
Find all information on the UACS website.

Join the UACS today! Be sure to select UACS membership!

*Online registration will close Wednesday, March 30th at 8pm.

** Onsite registration will be open 2-4pm**

Wrestler Registration and Weigh Ins
Coaches Registration
Friday, April 1, 2016
8am Doors Open
 Wrestler's & Coach's Clinic - Tim Vanni
Coordinator of Team California

9am Wrestling Begins
Wrestler's & Coach's Clinic - John Hughes
Assistant Coach at Lehigh 
Wrestler's & Coach's Clinic - Steve Martin
Head Coach at Old Dominion
Wrestler's & Coach's Clinic - Lee Pritts
Assistant Coach  at Arizona State 
Wrestler's & Coach's Clinic - Kevin Dresser
Head Coach at Virginia Tech
Saturday, April 2, 2016
8am Doors Open
Wrestler's & Coach's Clinic - Gene Mills
Pin to Win Wrestling Club 
9am Wrestling Begins
Wrestler's & Coach's Clinic - Brian Smith
Head Coach at University of Missouri
 Wrestler's & Coach's Clinic - Pat Popolizio
Head Coach at North Carolina State
College Recruiting Fair
Sunday, April 3, 2016
8am Door Opens
9am Wrestling Begins
2pm Finals- Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

**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 27th Annual NHSCA 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 a 2016 All Event Coach Pass - Click here to purchase! - All Event Coach Pass is $70.

  • The All Event Coach Pass is your "ticket" into the event.
  • You do not need to purchase a spectator admissions ticket.
  • A portion of your  All Event Coach Pass goes to a 12-issue subscription to WIN Magazine.

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

Beat the rush and purchase your Online Event passes and membership will be available online February 1st until Wednesday, March 30th at 8 p.m. EST

You can purchase your All Event Coach Pass at the event. 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 27th Annual Nationals and the 17th Annual National Duals May 27-30, 2016 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.






All tickets will be purchased through the VBCC's website - Click here to purchase spectator tickets!

3 Day Spectator Passes:

 Senior  $35
 Children 6 and Under

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.

Please Note: Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to an All Coach Event Pass. No exceptions.

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

Tickets per day can be only purchased at the VBCC Ticket Window

Day Spectator Pass Prices:

 Adult  $25
 Student  $15
 Senior  $15
 Children 6 and Under




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

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

March 23-25, 2018 at the VBCC, Virginia Beach, VA

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