Ohio Novice State Tournament

Mission Statement:  To provide an opportunity for wrestler’s early in their career while supporting and promoting Ohio wrestling at all levels.

Why a Novice state tournament?

Wrestling in Ohio has a rich tradition and history.  It is our goal that in hosting a novice state wrestling tournament we may be able to encourage more wrestlers to become excited and involved with our sport.  By exposing wrestlers of similar experience we feel that they will not feel as overwhelmed and overmatched as they often do when they first get started in this great sport. 

How do you plan on promoting Ohio wrestling?

It is important to us to provide opportunities not only for our novice wrestlers but also to promote and showcase the best Ohio has to offer.  We also want to include the wrestling community in this tournament.

We plan on accomplishing this by:

1.    Donating money for Ohio dual teams.

2.    Allowing teams/clubs to raise money by working at the tournaments.

3.    Providing scholarships for Ohio wrestlers moving on to college.

Are there enough novice wrestlers?

We believe that the majority of wrestlers in most youth wrestling clubs would be considered a novice.  There are many reasons why kids do not become engaged with our sport.  We believe that by competing against wrestlers that have avast more experience early on in their development could hamper their progress and cause a reduction in overall numbers of wrestlers at the high school level. By providing a level playing field from the start it not only provides a safe arena for competition but also allows the wrestlers to gain confidence in their skills.

 How did you define a novice wrestler?

It is clear that there is no black/white definition on who is/isn’t a novice wrestler.  We looked at other states definition and came up with qualifications, which we believe are fair.


1. Must be an Ohio resident

2. 3 years or less experience

3. No OAC state qualification (Not including 2016-2017 season)

4. No OYWA state qualification (Not including 2016-2017 season)

5. No placing in top 6 in OHIOWAY state, unless 8 or less in bracket   (Not including 2016-2017 season))

6. No returning Novice State Finalist (1st or 2nd Place)

7. All wrestlers MUST have at least a COPY of their Birth Certificate


Division I - 6 & Under              37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 57, 62, 75                            

Division II - 7 & Under            45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 85

Division III - 8 & Under          45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 90, 120

Division IV - 9 & Under           55, 60, 65, 68, 71, 75, 80, 85, 95, 110, 130, 160

Division V - 10 & Under          55, 60, 65, 68, 71, 75, 80, 85, 95, 110, 130, 160              

Division VI – 11U & 12U         68, 75, 80, 85, 95, 105, 115, 140, 180

Division VII - 7th and 8th Graders MUST wrestle DVII        85, 95, 105, 115, 130, 150, 170, 250

What type of awards are there going to be?

Custom designed medals will be presented for 1st – 6th, custom Rudis singlets for the finalists, and a custom shirt for the champions

How do we sign up?

All wrestlers must sign up and pay the entry fee on www.trackwrestling.com.

Can wrestlers change weight classes?

Wrestlers will not be able to change weight classes the day of the event but will be able to until 1 week prior to the tournament.

Is headgear required?

No, headgear is not required.

Can teams enter a roster?

Trackwrestling.com does offer a way for teams with > 20 wrestlers to enter all of their wrestlers and pay separately.  Email OhioNoviceState@gmail.com with questions.

What is the $50 Challenge Fee for?

The challenge fee is put into place in the event that someone wishes to challenge a wrestlers novice status. We would collect the $50 and look into the challenge. If you, the challenger, is proved correct the money will be returned and also the challenged wrestler will be removed from the tournament. However, if you, the challenger, are proved wrong then the $50 will be used as a donation.

Who are the Ohio Grapplers?

The Ohio Grapplers were started 15 years ago with a goal of showcasing Ohio wrestlers at national dual events.   Since its inception they have competed in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa.  They have consistently placed high at all of the events they have attended.  Last year both the Elementary and Middle school teams placed 2nd at the AAU national duals.  There has been over 200 wrestlers involved with the Ohio Grapplers.  This year we plan on taking two teams to Iowa for the AAU national Middle School Duals.   The goal is to expand this to give opportunities to wrestlers at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels. 



Ohio Grapplers Inc.

An Ohio Non-Profit Organization

Amy Mattin,
Dec 28, 2011, 5:51 PM