High School Nationals Senior Division

March 27 - 29, 2020
Virginia Beach, VA

The 2019 Senior Nationals Recap: 

  • 414 State Champions
  •  17 4x State Champions
  • 35 3x State Champions 
  • 58 2x State Champions
  • 125 1x State Champions
  • 567 State Place Winners

Tournament Divisions

Enrolled in Grades 9-12 during 2019-2020 School Year
Middle School
Enrolled in Grades 6-8 during 2019-2020 School Year
Senior eligibility 2019-2020 School Year
Junior eligibility 2019-2020 School Year
Sophomore eligibility 2019-2020 School Year
Freshman eligibility 2019-2020 School Year

General Event Infomation

Registration Opens: January 6, 2020

Registration Closes: March 24, 2020  

Registration Fee: $65.00

Please Note:  Entry fees will only be refunded with a doctors note!
  •  Notes must be emailed to and will be processed in a timely manner.

Wrestlers Must Weigh-In Wearing a Singlet!

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. 109 weight class will be 112 pounds 

Wrestlers may compete at:

  • The weight class at which you entered your State’s 2019-20 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.

Wrestlers must be enrolled in 12th grade during the 2019-2020 school year. There
are NO exceptions!

Please Note: If you are NOT enrolled in 12th grade, you will be disqualified  and will not be
able to compete the 2021 High School Nationals.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

12:00 pm- Doors Open

12:00-5:00 pm-  Early Coach Registration in the lobby of Hall A

2:00-4:00 pm – Boys High School Early Wrestler Weigh-Ins — Valid for HS Nationals only

2:30 pm-  Early Coach’s Meeting in the NHSCA Theater, Suite 4 upstairs

6:00-8:00 pm- Regular Wrestler Weigh Ins

6:00- 8:00 pm- Coaches Registration in the lobby of Hall A

6:30 pm- Mandatory Coach’s Meeting located in NHSCA Theater, Suite 4 upstairs

Friday, March 27, 2020

7:00 am- Doors Open

7:00 am- Coach Registration in the lobby of Hall A

8:00 am- Wrestling Begins in Halls A-D 

9:00am Roger Crebs Clinic (Lycoming), Suite 3 Fan Expo 

11:00am – Nate Carr, Jr Clinic (Lock Haven), Suite 3 Fan Expo

1:00 pm – Alex Clemsen Clinic (Maryland), Suite 3 Fan Expo 

3:00pm Adam Hall Clinic (NC State), Suite 3 Fan Expo 

5:00pm– Tim Flynn & Mitchell Port Clinic (West Virginia), Suite 3 Fan Expo 

Wrestle up to the quarter-finals in the championship bracket, NO consolation matches on Day 1 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

7:00 am- Doors Open

7:00 am- Coach Registration in the lobby of Hall A

8:00 am- Wrestling Begins in Halls A-D 

8:00am Boys High School Quarterfinals Assigned  Mats 

-Wrestle up the the medal matches (1st, 3rd, 5th,7th)

10:00 am- Boys High School Semifinals – Ballroom

10:00am- Kenneth Caudell Clinic ( Belmont Abbey), Suite 3 Fan Expo

2:00pm- Darrius Little Clinic (Brown), Suite 3 Fan Expo

6:00-8:00 pm-  College Recruiting Fair in Lobby of Hall A 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

7:00 am- Doors Open

8:00 am- Wrestling Begins in Halls A-D 

Medal matches – 3rd, 5th, 7th -Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior 

10:00 am- Boys High School Finals- Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior in the Ballroom
Wrestling will conclude by 1pm

**Awards will be given at the conclusion of the championship finals for each division in Hall A. You must
be present on the awards stand during the presentation to receive your award. Plan according. Awards
will NOT be shipped.

*This Schedule is subject change. 6

High School Boys

Date: March 26, 2020 

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Pre-Pay During Registration  

  •  Fee: $20.00 (Purchased on the second page of registration)
  • Pre-paid wrestlers enter through outside doors for Halls B & C

Pay On-Site

  • Fee: $25.00 (cash only)
  • To purchase on-site wrestlers must enter through outside door facing the DoubleTree Hotel 
Upon Entering the Convention Center:
  • Hall A: Senior Check-In & Weigh-In
  • Hall B/C: Junior  Check-In & Weigh-In
  • Hall C: Sophomore Check-In & Weigh-In
  • Hall D: Freshman  Check-In & Weigh-In
There is no penalty or fee to change your weight. All changes will occur on-site at the Head Table.
Please Note: Early weigh-in purchases are only valid for the 2020 NHSCA High School Nationals

Boys High School 

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Upon Entering the Convention Center:
  • Hall A: Senior Check-In & Weigh-In
  • Hall B/C: Junior  Check-In & Weigh-In
  • Hall C: Sophomore Check-In & Weigh-In
  • Hall D: Freshman  Check-In & Weigh-In
There is no penalty or fee to change your weight. All changes will occur on-site at the Head Table.Please Note: There is no on-site registration! 

If your wrestler 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

Boys High School Match Times:

  • 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 to 2-2-2

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, two piece approved by Federation, 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

Video challenges will be permitted starting with the Quarter-Finals in the championship bracket and the
Consolation Round of 12 in the consolation bracket. Coaches will be required to place a $50.00 deposit,
which will be returned if the call on the mat is changed.

Boys High School Coaches:

  • All coaches MUST BE a current member of the NHSCA:
  •  Coach Pass:
    • Pre-Purchase: $70 .00 –  Purchase Here
    •  Purchase On-Site:$80.00 on-site in the Lobby of Hall A (Method of payment accepted at the event are: School Checks, Cash, Credit. No personal checks will be accepted)

The All Event Coach Pass is your “ticket” into the event and you do not need to purchase a spectator admission ticket. The All Event Coach Pass in non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.

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 faster!

This All Event Pass will allow you to coach at the 31st Annual Nationals and the 21st Annual National Duals, May 23-25, 2020 also held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Virginia Beach Convention Center during the following times: 

  • Thursday,  March 26th- 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Friday, March 27th- Beginning at 7:00am 
  • Saturday, March 28th- Beginning at 7:00am 
  • Sunday, March 29th- Beginning at 7:00am 

Daily Tickets: 

  • Adult-  $30.00
  • Senior (65 & Older)- $15.00
  • Student (ages 7-18) – $15.00
  • Active Military (with ID) – FREE
  • Children 6 & Under – FREE

3 Day Passes :

  • Adult- $80.00
  • Senior (65 & Older)- $40.00
  • Student (ages 7-18) – $40.00
  • Active Military (with ID) – FREE
  • Children 6 & Under – FREE

The top eight (8) place finishers in each weight-class will receive awards as well as official recognition as an All-American. Upon achieving All-American status, you will receive a certificate with your award.

Adam Frey Memorial Award

  • Given to a wrestler who overcame adversity in their life. Adam Frey was a wrestler at Blair Academy and Cornell University. Adam was a 2005 Senior National Champion. He lost his life to a battle with cancer in December of 2009. He leaves a legacy in the Adam Frey Foundation, which is set up to give comfort to and provide enjoyment for those receiving treatment for cancer.
Tim 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 a room. He was a great friend and ally.  Tom served our country for 25  years as a Navy SEAL on SEAL Team 5 based in Coronado, Ca. After retiring in 2006, he continued to work as a recruiter for the Navy SEALs. He was responsible for the development and oversight of the national recruitment system that increased the quality of the Navy SEAL candidates. This award is given to the Coach or Official that displays selflessness and acts as a mentor to their athletes. 
Jeff Blatnick Sportsmanship Award
  • Jeff Blatnick was three-time All-American at Springfield College and two-time Olympic Team member.  In 1980 he qualified for the olympics but was unable to compete when the United States boycotted the games. Prior to winning the Olympic Gold in 1984 in Los Angeles, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that resulted in his spleen and appendix being removed.  In 1999, Jeff was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. This award is presented to a wrestler that displays outstanding sportsmanship. 

What airport is the closest to the event?

  • The closest airport is Norfolk. It is approximate 18 miles from the venue.
Do I have to wear my High 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 a singlet to weigh-in?

  • Yes! All wrestlers are required to wear singlets for weigh ins.

Do I have to wear headgear?

  • No! Headgear is not required but recommended for your safety.

Do I have to be clean shaven?

  • 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 booth located in the lobby of the VBCC.

Can I bring a cooler in the convention center?

  • The VBCC does not allow outside food or beverages.

Will there be mat space to workout on Thursday?

  • Yes, mat space will be available during the weigh in times only!

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!

 Do coaches have to check in on Thursday?

  • No, coaches can check in anytime throughout the duration of the event to pick up or purchase an All Events Coach Pass.

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