Wrestling 11-12 Updates



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wrestling 11-12 Updates

  • Schools will be required to follow the clean uniform rule. (see grid) 
  • The most significant changes in weight classes in high school wrestling in 23 years will take place in the 2011-12 season. At its April 4-6 meeting in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee approved an upward shift of the weight classes, beginning with the 103-pound class moving to 106 pounds, which resulted in new weights for 10 of the 14 classes. The changes in weight classes, along with 17 other rules revisions, were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 
  • All schools will be required to follow the clean uniform rule -- along with school names and/or mascots, all uniforms may be allowed to include the first and/or last name(s) of the athlete one time on the uniform. Names must be displayed in a sportsmanlike manner and location. In addition, no sayings, cliches, advertisements, etc., of any kind will be allowed on the uniform. Manufacturer’s logos and commemorative patches will be allowed as described by Rule 4-1-2 in the NFHS Wrestling Rules book. All commemorative patches must be approved by the WIAA and meet appropriate size restrictions. 
  • The 14 weight classes approved by the committee for 2011-12 are as follows: 106 (pounds), 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285. Three middle weight classes – 145, 152 and 160 – were retained, although they are 7-8-9 in order now rather than 8-9-10. The largest weight class (285 pounds) remains unchanged as well. 
  • Among changes in wrestling holds, the Figure 4 around the head has been ruled an illegal hold/maneuver. Previously, the Figure 4 was illegal around the body or both legs. For more information, visit the WIAA web site.

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