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WIAA Board of Control approves changes to wrestling, gymnastics state tournament

WIAA Board of Control approves changes to wrestling, gymnastics state tournament

The random draw for the state individual wrestling tournament is dead.

The WIAA Board of Control Wednesday unanimously voted to seed the tournament beginning next season.

Trackwrestling.com will determine the placement of each wrestler in the bracket using a formula created by the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association. The formula presumably includes staples such as head-to-head meetings and winning percentage among other criteria.

The vote was one of two involving wrestling. The other changed the maximum number of matches for individuals to 50 with the limits eliminated for the number of multi-school events a school can have in its 14 team events.

Gymnastics change: The board also unanimously approved a format change to the state gymnastics tournament. The individual and team competitions will now be held on the same day with Division 1 and 2 competitions held on separate days.

The board made a special accommodation for students who transferred this past school year due to issues with how their school handled instruction, virtual or in person, during the pandemic. In the 2021-22 school year those students will be allowed to return to original school and be immediately eligible for athletics.

Students who remain at their new school must adhere to the association’s transfer rule, which is to sit out one calendar year of varsity competition from the date of enrollment unless the student made the transfer at the start of his sophomore year. Those students were immediately eligible.

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