High School Nationals Senior Division

Virginia Beach, VA
MAY 19-21, 2020

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:  May 12, 2020

Registration Fee: $65.00

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.

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. If  you would  like to update your weight class before March 24th, please email

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. If  you would  like to update your weight class before March 24th, please email
Please Note: There is no on-site registration! 

There is no penalty or fee to change your weight. 

Pre-Event: . If  you would like to update your weight class before March 24th, please email

Onsite: All changes will occur  at the Head Table

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 issues.

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.

Click Here to let us know you are coming! By filling out the form, you will be entered to win a FREE Junior and Senior Database Package! Don’t wait! You have until Wednesday, March 25th to enter!

You will also receive 1 Meal Ticket per registered coach.

College Coach Wifi
Upon arrival, check in at the NHSCA customer service space and you will be connected to a private wifi for the main competition space. This will allow you to easily follow the event on FloWrestling and BeTheBeast recruiting app.

Premiere Seating
Like last year, we will be featuring a college coaches seating area semifinals on Saturday! This will be prime seating just for you!

Quarter and Semi-Final Information 
We will be putting together a special packet for you for both the quarterfinals and semifinalists including high school, state, season record, etc. 

College Recruiting Fair 
This is free to all!  Be sure to set up a table, bring your information, and be ready to talk about your program and school!  We have moved this to Saturday, March 28th from 6-8pm at the VBCC to increase the participation.

BeTheBeast Event Recruiting Platform
When you check in at the NHSCA customer service space to receive your free wifi, you will also receive the BeTheBeast app.  Each participant will have their own profile page. You will be able to search participants based on weight, name, etc. You can designate wrestlers “who to evaluate” and keep notes. 

If you purchase the database(s) prior to the event or onsite, database information will be available to you on the BeTheBeast app.  We will also send you information post event.

Packages and Database
As in years past, we offer the Junior and Senior databases to you. The list of participant’s information will be emailed to you once registration is closed. If you would like to purchase the database and tickets, we are offering a package deal. Please note, databases will be emailed to the provided email by close of business on Wednesday.

Junior Database ONLY$300
Senior Database ONLY$200
Both Junior and Senior Database$400
Junior Database Package includes 2 tickets$350
Senior Database Package includes 2 tickets$250
Junior & Senior Database Package includes Junior & Senior database, 2 tickets$450

If you are interested, please contact Jeanne at or at (610) 923-0900.
Please note: You can purchase prior to the event, at the event, or after the event!

If you have any event questions, please reach out to Mattie at

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

  • Thursday,  – 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Friday, – Beginning at 7:00am 
  • Saturday, – Beginning at 7:00am 
  • Sunday,  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.
What are the hair and facial hair rules?
  • Facial hair must meet normal grooming standards; clean-shaven with sideburns no lower than the earlobes. 

  • We will allow hair length on the head to be longer than the NFHS grooming standards. There can be no hard items in the hair (beads, bobby pins, barrettes, hair clips, etc…) not can there be any hair treatments that are oily, greasy or slippery. If an individual wishes to war a hair cover that is legal and attaches properly to the headgear that is also allowed.


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.

March 26-28, 2021 – Virginia Beach, Virginia

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