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28th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals - Senior Division
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28th Annual NHSCA High School Nationals - Senior Division

3/24/2017 to 3/26/2017
When: March 24-26, 2017
Where: Virginia Beach Convetion 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 2016 National Championships culminated with a total of 3,687 registered participants.The numbers for the 2016 Senior Division: 592 Entries; 8 4x State Champions, 24 3x State Champions, 59 2x State Champions, 130 1x State Champions and 498 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 2016NCAA All Americans competed here when they were high school career. The 2016 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 28th 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.



REGISTRATION will CLOSE March 21st at 11:59pm EST.







Eligibility- 12th grade -- Open to ALL Seniors - NO qualifying criteria!


Wrestler must be enrolled in high school with Senior eligibility. There are NO exceptions! Post grads are not eligible.


Please Note: If you are NOT enrolled in 12th grade, you will be disqualified on the spot.


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

$55 before March 1st -- $60 after March 1st


Please Note: 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. Any refunded submitted between March 17-28 will be completed on the 29th, when we 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. 113 weight class will be 116 pounds

Wrestlers may compete at:

  • The weight class at which you entered your State's 2016-17 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:

1.          Email Mattie at by midnight on Saturday, March 19, 2017.

a.       You will receive an email confirmation when change is completed.

b.      Any requests received after11:59pm will not be changed.

2.          Change when you weigh in at the tournament.

Please Note: 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 -


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.

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, 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

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 a certificate with your award.


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



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.**

Team (State) 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. Any refunded submitted March 20-28 will be completed on the 29th when we return to the office.

There is no penalty or fee to change your weight. Deadline for weigh changes prior to the event is midnight on Saturday, March 18th. All changes received after will occur on site at the scales. 

If you want to add state place finishes or seeding information once you registered, please email to Mattie by Saturday, March 18th 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!


 Lee Pritts Lee Pritts

Pritts is one of the best recruiters in the business. He has coached numerous National

Champions and All Americans including Ben Askren (Missouri), Max Askren (Missouri), 

Dom Bradley (Missouri), and Mark Ellis (Missouri). He has brought success at each school he coaches at. Pritts is a graduate of Eastern Michigan where is was a 3x NCAA Qualifier and was an All American in 1996.
David Hoffman  Dave Hoffman

Hoffman is currently the assistant coach at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Prior,

he was the assistant at both Virginia Tech and Bucknell. Hoffman has led multiple wrestlers to All Americans including Joey Dance to the NCAA finals. Hoffman is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

He was an All American in 2006 for the Hokies.
  Kevin Dresser

Dresser will be taking over the helm at Iowa State on March 20, 2017.

Prior to, Dresser was the Head Coach at Virginia Tech since 2007. He

has produced 65 NCAA Qualifiers and 13 wrestlers that NCAA All Americans

a total of 20 times. Dresser was a NCAA National Champion for the Iowa Hawkeyes

in 1986. He was also a 2x NCAA All American and 2x Big Ten Champion.

  Gene Mills

Mills is one of the most highly decorated wrestler in history. He was a New Jersey

State Champion as well as a HS National Champ. He was Syracuse's first 4x NCAA

All American and a 2x NCAA Champion. He went on to win 3 World Titles and was

an Olympic Team Member in 1980 and voted the “Athlete of the Year” by the US
Olympic Committee.

  Damion Hahn

Hahn is currently the Associate Head Coach at Cornell University. Since arriving at

Cornell,he has coached and mentored 11 NCAA individual Champions, 30 All Americans,

35 EIWA Champs and 53 first-team All-Ivy selections. Hahn has helped the Big Red win

both the Ivy league and the EIWA conference titles since 2006. Damion himself is no

stranger to winning.He won 2 NCAA titles while competing at Minnesota. He is the

fourth Golden Gopher to become a 4x All American.

  Chris Ortner

Ortner is the current Assistant Coach at D3 perennial powerhouse Wartburg.

Ortner has been with the Knights for the past eight seasons as an assistant coach

and head recruiting coordinator.The Knights havejust won their 13th NCAA title (most in

D3 history)  & 6 out of the last 7, 8 out of the last 10 NCAA Championships in D3.

They also just won their 25 straight Iowa Conference Championship in a row, as well as

11 NWCA National Duals titles.

Scotti Sentes  Scotti Sentes

Sentes is currently the Assistant Coach at Campbell University. The Camels won the

Southern Conference. This is their first conference title in the history of the program.

Sentes himself was 2x NCAA All American with a 4th place finish in 2011 and 7th in

2009. He was also a 4x NCAA Qualifier for the Chippewas of Central Michigan. Sentes

was a 4x State Champion in Florida and was the 2008 NHSCA Senior National Champion.




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
Steve Martin (Old Dominion)







March 23, 2017


Early Coach Registration

Early Wrestler Weigh Ins
$20 online - Register today! Available online til 11:59pm EST March 22nd.
$25 onsite between 2-4pm.


Wrestler Registration and Weigh Ins
Coaches Registration


Mandatory Coach's Meeting
*Wrestlers are not required to attend.




March 24, 2017


Doors Open


Wrestling Begins

Clinic with Dave Hoffman - Assistant Coach at Tennessee Chattanooga
Clinic with Chris Ortner - Assistant Coach at Wartburg
Navy SEAL Demonstration
Clinic with Lee Pritts - Assistant Coach at Arizona State
Clinic with Kevin Dresser




March 25, 2017


Doors Open


Wrestling Begins

Clinic with Gene Mills 
Clinic with Damion Hahn - Associate Head Coach at Cornell
Autograph Signing with Olympic Gold Medalist - Jordan Burroughs 
Quarterfinals - Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Clinic with Scotti Sentes - Assistant Coach at Campbell
Semifinals - Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior


College Recruiting Fair in VBCC Lobby




March 26, 2017

Doors Open


Wrestling Begins- 3rd, 5th, 7th - Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior


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 28th Annual NHSCA National Championships – 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 2017 All Event Coach Pass – Click here to purchase today! - Event 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 22nd at 11:59 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 28th Annual Nationals and the 18th Annual National Duals May 26-29, 2017 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.



Three Day Tickets (Spectator Passes) are available through the VBCC - Click Here!


 Adult (Age 19-64)
 Student (7-18)
 Senior (65 and above)
 Active Military
 6 and Under


*Active & Retired military receive free entry with credentials - pick up at NHSCA booth located in the main lobby.*


**All tickets are non refundable and not transferable for a NHSCA Coach Event Pass.**



Daily Tickets (Spectator Pass) are available on site only


 Adult (Age 19-64)
 Student (7-18)
 Senior (65 and above)
 Active Military
 6 and Under


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





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
  • Event 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 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 any outside food or beverage.


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.





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



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