Sophomore

Events

High School Nationals Sophomore Division

April 23-25, 2021
Virginia Beach, VA

The 2019 Sophomore Nationals Recap: 

  • 144 State Champions
  • 30 2x State Champions
  •  442 State Placewinners
 

Tournament Divisions

Girls
Enrolled in Grades 9-12 during 2020-2021 School Year
Middle School
Enrolled in Grades 6-8 during 2020-2021 School Year
Senior
Senior eligibility 2020-2021 School Year
Junior
Junior eligibility 2020-2021 School Year
Sophomore
Sophomore eligibility 2020-2021 School Year
Freshman
Freshman eligibility 2020-2021 School Year

General Event Infomation

Registration Opens: February 1, 2021

Registration Closes:  April 20, 2021 or when division cap is met

Registration Fee: $65.00

The cap outlined below (as of 3/02/2021) represent the current maximum registered athletes per division in adherence health and safety protocols and venue occupancy. 

High School Sophomore: 900 athletes

When division caps are  hit, a waitlist will be available on nhsca-events.com.  Athletes on the waitlist will have the first priority to register for the event if a spot becomes available or caps can be increased.

Regardless of your registration status, all information for waitlisted athletes will be included in the event college coach packets

  • If  you registered for the 2020 High School Nationals, your 2020 registration fee will be honored for the 2021 event. 

    How do I register?

    • You have received an email from championshipevents@ nhsca.com to the email address provided during registration for the 2020 event. This code will work until division caps are met or until April 2nd.
      • If not originally found in your inbox, please check your spam folder OR the athlete’s email address that was used during the registration process
    • The email contained a unique single-use code (tied to your email address) that will allow you to register for free 

Wrestlers Must Weigh-In Wearing a Singlet!

106, 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. 106 weight class will be 109 pounds

Wrestlers may compete at:

  • The weight class at which you entered your State’s 2020-21 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.

If your state does not have a season or “traditional” season you are still eligible to compete at High School Nationals. 

If your state season is canceled and you are unable to certify for a “Minimum Weight Class” on the OPC, you may register at any weight. We ask that athletes and guardianes use best judgement for the safety of the athlete.

If your state does not have a season or “traditional” season you are still eligible to compete at High School Nationals. 

If your state season is canceled and you are unable to certify for a “Minimum Weight Class” on the OPC, you may register at any weight. We ask that athletes and guardians use best judgement for the safety of the athlete.

Wrestlers must be enrolled in 10th grade during the 2020-2021 school year. There
are NO exceptions!

Please Note: If you are NOT enrolled in 10th grade, you will be disqualified  and will not be
able to compete the 2022 High School Nationals.

High School Boys

Thursday April 22nd

1:00-2:00pm: Freshman & Sophomore Early Weigh-Ins and Coach Registration

  • 1:00-1:30pm: Prepaid Early Weigh-Ins only (Freshman & Sophomore)
  • 1:30-2:00pm: Onsite Registration for Early Weigh-Ins (Freshman & Sophomore)
  • Wrestlers and Coaches ONLY Permitted to Enter the Building
    • No parents/spectators and there will be no tickets sales

1:45pm: Coaches Meeting

2:30-3:30pm: Junior & Senior Early Weigh-Ins and Coach Registration

  • 2:30-3:00pm: Prepaid Early Weigh-Ins only (Junior & Senior)
  • 3:00-3:30pm: Onsite Registration for Early Weigh-Ins (Junior & Senior)
  • Wrestlers and Coaches ONLY Permitted to Enter the Building
    • No parents/spectators and there will be no tickets sales

3:15pm: Coaches Meeting

Pre-Pay During Registration  

  •  Fee: $20.00 

Pay On-Site

  • Fee: $25.00 (cash only)
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 2021 NHSCA High School Nationals

Boys High School  

Thursday April 22nd

6:00pm: Freshman Division Weigh-Ins & Coaches Registration/Check-In

  • Wrestlers and Coaches ONLY Permitted to Enter the Building
    • No parents/spectators and there will be no tickets sales

6:30pm: Sophomore Division Weigh-Ins & Coaches Registration/Check-In

  • Wrestlers and Coaches ONLY Permitted to Enter the Building
    • No parents/spectators and there will be no tickets sales

6:30pm: Coaches Meeting

7:00pm: Junior Division Weigh-Ins & Coaches Registration/Check-In

  • Wrestlers and Coaches ONLY Permitted to Enter the Building
    • No parents/spectators and there will be no tickets sales

7:30pm: Senior Division Weigh-Ins & Coaches Registration/Check-In

  • Wrestlers and Coaches ONLY Permitted to Enter the Building
    • No parents/spectators and there will be no tickets sales

7:30pm: Coaches Meeting

8:30pm: All Weigh-Ins Close & Coaches Registration/Check-In

  • Wrestlers and Coaches ONLY Permitted to Enter the Building
    • No parents/spectators and there will be no tickets sales
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! 

There is no penalty or fee to change your weight. 

Pre-Event: . If  you would like to update your weight class before April 20th, please email championshipevents@nhsca.com.

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 
  • 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

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. 

Yes. Although we are working closely with City of Virginia Beach and local officials to ensure High School Nationals will operate safely April 23rd-25th. We understand that given the circumstances we have all encountered throughout the past year,  we must have alternative options.  

The NHSCA understands the importance of this event for the high school wrestling community and remains committed to conducting an event that allows athletes to highlight their skills for college coaches and recruiters. If the City of Virginia Beach is unable to host High School Nationals April 23rd-25th, the current contingency plan is the week of May 24, 2021 in Virginia Beach. If alternative dates/locations are required all registration information and fees will be transferred. More information will be made available as planning continues.

March 25-27, 2022 – Virginia Beach, Virginia