WESTFIELD — Defending champs Perry Meridian, Yorktown and Adams Central are also the No. 1 seeds at Saturday’s IHSWCA Team State Dual Meet Tournaments.
Westfield High School, located off U.S. 31, north of Indianapolis, is host for the second annual state meeting, which brings together 24 of Indiana’s best high school squads for a day-long wrestling carnival.
Teams are divided into classes, based on school enrollment.
Perry Meridian, defending IHSAA state champion, has been ranked No. 1 all season in the coaches’ Top 20 poll. The Falcons compete in Class AAA and face Bloomington South in Saturday’s opening round at 10 a.m. (EST)
Longtime powerhouse Evansville Mater Dei is No. 2 seed in the Class AAA tournament and faces East Noble in the opener.
In Class AA, Yorktown – tied for seventh in the most recent coaches’ Top 20 poll – takes on Lebanon in the first match of the day.
No. 2 seed Leo, a Fort Wayne-area school, goes up against Danville.
Class A is loaded with teams who are well-familiar with each other, as four come from the northeast corner of the state. The Flying Jets of No. 1 seed Adams Central will battle Clinton Central in the 10 a.m. start.
No. 2 seed Fremont meets South Putnam.
Wrestling will continue through three rounds with the championship slated to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA) started its Team State Duals two years ago, after the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) stopped using dual meets to determine a state wrestling champ.
The IHSAA now uses an individual tournament to select its champ.
Coaches didn’t want to give up on the dual meet format, so they started their own mid-season state tourney. Teams were selected using a computer program that weighed several factors.