Frequently asked question: Do we have to wrestle two qualifying tournaments to go to the Michigan USA State Freestyle and Greco Roman tournament? As you know I’m adding a few words in there because the actual question is “ Do we need two meets to go to the state meet? And then I have to ask “What state meet are you referring to? Here is the answer:
Age groups Pee Wee thru schoolboy/girl have to attend and wrestle in one local freestyle tournament in Michigan this year 2012 to wrestle the Freestyle State tournament. If they show up and there is no one to wrestle we will count that as a qualifying meet. It must be a freestyle tournament to qualify you for the freestyle state tournament. If you show up and then injury default out, or not show to wrestle, it will not count as a meet.
You do not have to wrestle at the weight you are going to wrestle at state, just wrestle, win or lose.
Now for the exceptions:
Anyone can wrestle Greco Roman. There are no qualifying meets, have a USA card, just weigh-in and wrestle.
Cadets and older, No qualifying meets for Freestyle or Greco.
If a schoolboy, or younger, has a legitimate reason, such as an injury prohibiting him from wrestling at a local tournament there can be a petition filed with the executive board and the kids committee can look at the petition and any certified doctors notes to waive this one local tournament requirement. This petition must be carried to a local tournament by the person that it concerns and someone from the board will talk to them in person about the petition. The last tournament that this can be done is at the Maple Valley tournament May 6. If they are hospitalized that weekend, it will be improbable that they will wrestle the following weekend anyways. If you are interested in petitioning because you do not have time in your busy schedule, then the petition has a slim chance of giving you a free pass for the freestyle but you will not be denied wrestling the State Tournament for Greco- Roman.
We want you to have a successful state tournament. We want you to have a couple of matches first before you get there and understand the rules. The rules are a little different from folkstyle. Greco-roman rules are new and we are all learning as we go.