Seeding Criteria

Seeding info must be entered by a coach from each team onto no later than MONDAY prior to the Ironman, or days before, using each teams private Pass Code. Log-in intructions will be sent by mail to your AD the week before.

On Tuesday seeding will be done LIVE & on line, so NO changes can be made until weigh-in Friday. Lets get it right by Monday night to ensure you get the seed you deserve because Friday is a very hectic day and if you make changes on Friday you lose your right to appeal your seeding.

The seeding director will be Bob Preusse of Amateur Wrestling News, assisted by Dan Fickel, editor of Wrestling USA magazine, and Corey Haddad, Flowrestling expert from Pennsylvania. All challenges must be lodged by the head coach to the director prior to the start of wrestling. The Ironman may allow a head coach to change his lineup at the first weigh-in. Since this could result in the re-seed of certain weights, the head coach MUST DIRECTLY INFORM tournament personnel at weigh-in.

Normally point totals dictate seeding, in general, but not in every case. The Seeding Committee has discretion. If there are compelling factors such as recent head-to-head results, head-to-head at last years Ironman or high placement at another major tournament, these will be considered, IF KNOWN by the committee. The difficulty of the state where the wrestler placed in will be considered. The fact is some states are tougher than others, and some states have 1 or 2 classes, while others have 3, 4 or 5. One-class California is an example of a state where state placing trumps other states.

The following criteria are in effect for the Ironman 2013, we can only seed what we know so we ask you to be thorough--- in a nutshell Fargo placement & previous Ironman placement and State/National Prep placement determine points. Outstanding performance at major tournaments and head-to-heads count for tiebreakers, if we know of them. Here’s details:

Each wrestler will be seeded by TOTAL POINTS accumulated during his high school career in 4 categories. List only STATE placing, do not list his sectional, district, or regional placing--- its just clutter that won’t count. For PREP Schools, only placing at the National Prep tourn at Lehigh U counts the same as State placing does for other schools. Prep school State tournaments do NOT count -- so do not include that info, it is just confusing.

***Category one: Any prior year Junior National (Fargo N.D. only) champion Freestyle ONLY is 16 points, runnerup is 15 points, thru EIGHT places. Eighth place is worth 9 points. Junior National GRECO is worth 8 points for first, 7 points for 2nd, etc.

***Category two: Any prior year Ironman champion is 16 points, runnerup 15 points, etc.

***Category three: Any prior year State high school champion or National Prep school champion is 10 points, runnerup is 9 points-- in cases where eight are placed 8th place is worth 3 points. State/prep placing prior to 9th grade does NOT count for points- you can inform the Seeding Director under “additional info” but do not include in point totals.

***Category four: Any prior year Cadet National (Fargo N.D.) champion Freestyle ONLY is 8 points, runnerup is 7 points, thru eight places. Eighth place is worth 1 point. Cadet national accomplishments listed can be prior to entering 9th grade, these do count in point totals. Cadet Greco is worth Zero points.

We will seed at least 12 wrestlers per weight in each weight class. If 12 wrestlers per weight have not been seeded through the point system, then we will seed the wrestler(s) who was a state qualifier last season or had the best Varsity won-lost record last season or who placed high at another major tournament in the past year. This all will be at the judgement of the committee.

Freshmen can be seeded even if not a Cadet Freestyle placer, but this would be unlikely at weights above 106. There must be evidence of proficiency, e.g. Junior High state champion or a champion at an elite national schoolboy event such as “Tulsa Nationals”.

Byes will be randomly & evenly distributed between half brackets by computer. Once seeded wrestlers & byes are assigned, then the remaining wrestlers will be randomly drawn in the bracket by computer program. In most weights we will have a handful more than 32 wrestlers, therefor those chosen to wrestle the pigtail round will be decided randomly by computer program. We will try to separate wrestlers from the same state (other than Ohio & Pennsylvania) in the pigtail & first round. We cannot guarantee Pennsylvania separation since we have so many teams from there nowadays.

Information brought to the committee’s attention on Seeding Tuesday may or may not be considered so get it all in by Monday. Minor seeding debates on Seeding Tuesday won’t be considered, we simply have too many kids to spend time on all the minor matters. Just wrestle. Contact Bob Preusse at , 216-941-7956 with questions.
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