The establishment of a minimum wrestling
weight based on 7% body fat for males and 12% for females is required
for all senior high school wrestlers. The OHSAA does not advocate
that a wrestler’s established minimum weight is the athlete’s best
weight, but simply the minimum weight at which the athlete will be
allowed to compete.
weight will be established through a process where each student
will have their hydration tested, be weighed and have a
certified assessor determine their percentage of body fat
through the use of skin fold calipers.
measurements taken by OHSAA certified assessors who have
successfully completed the OHSAA Assessor Certification Course
will be accepted. Wrestling Coaches and Administrators will be
able to access the OHSAA website for a
current list of approved assessors is being complied and will be
It is the responsibility of the school wrestling Administrator
to contact certified assessors. No senior high
school wrestler may compete in a regular season or
tournament match until the athlete has had a minimum weight
determined and it appears on the school’s Alpha Master Roster.
Competition in a scrimmage or preview prior to an alpha weigh-in
may not be taken after practice or a workout.
weight class at which a wrestler may compete will be determined
If the predicted weight, at 7%
body fat, is exactly that of one of the weight classes, that weight
shall be the wrestler’s minimum weight class.
If the predicted weight falls
between two weight classes he must wrestle at the higher weight class.
There will be a one percent
variation of error adjustment, which will be determined by the
When weighing in, using a digital
scale, one will round up the reading to the nearest tenth.
A minimum of
two schools/teams must be present for the assessment.
a Master Assessor can test a single athlete.
eligible to be trained as OHSAA approved assessors include
licensed physicians, chiropractor, registered nurses, licensed
practical nurses, licensed athletic trainers, licensed physical
therapists, licensed physician assistants, registered/licensed
dietitian/nutritionists, and exercise physiologists. Bod Pod
site personnel—approved by OHSAA. General Assessor status
It is a
conflict of interest for an active wrestling coach to serve as
an OHSAA Certified Assessor. Coaches are permitted to perform
clerical and organizational duties during skin fold assessments.
may compete in a regular season or tournament match until he has
participated in the Alpha Weigh-in and his/her name and data are
included on the school Alpha Master Roster, which can be printed
at www.nwcaonline.com by each member school’s coach.
may compete before or during an appeal at his/her lowest
approved weight based on the initial assessment.
may begin on November 10, 2013. Wrestlers may be measured any
time on or following this date to establish the “Alpha” weight.
Weight monitoring data shall be submitted online at
www.nwcaonline.com by the assessor within 72 hours of
assessment. The deadline for data is January 14, 2014. All
wrestlers, including those coming out late, must have their
minimum weight established and their name must appear on the
school’s Alpha Master Roster prior to competing.
gravity of the urine will determine whether a candidate may
participate in an assessment on any date. A reading of 1.025 or
less is required to pass the hydration test. For any failed
specific gravity test, the wrestler may not be reassessed for a
minimum of 48 hours.
hydration tests must be entered onto
by the Assessor immediately
the measurements will appear on the Alpha Master Roster. Each
school is responsible for printing those from www.nwcaonline.com
using proper protocols.
requiring special attention must be reported to the OHSAA in
writing before deadlines or due dates.
OF TESTING SITE
an OHSAA certified assessor.
assessor what, if any, of the items needed for assessing.
Plastic collection cups
Individual profile forms
Staff to assist with
collection and data recording
Any male wrestler whose body fat
percentage is below 7% (12% female) at the time of his initial
assessment may not wrestle below their Alpha weight.
WEIGHT LOSS PER
A weight loss
limit of 1.5% of the “Alpha” weight per week has been set. The
projected earliest date to wrestle at Predicted Minimum Weight
will be broken down into days. This date will be on the Alpha
Master Roster printout.
will not be permitted, at any time, to wrestle in a weight class
that would require him to lose more than 1.5%, per week, of his
“Alpha” weight from the original date of assessment. *Coaches
will exchange Alpha Master forms, to determine the weight class
of the wrestlers for that competition. The official on site will
verify that each coach has a copy of the opponent’s Alpha Master
Form in case a question arises that a wrestler may have violated
the 1.5% per week weight loss limit. Protests will be handled by
wrestler who competes at a weight before the proper amount of
time has passed to achieve that weight class will be considered
an ineligible wrestler, thus requiring his team to forfeit the
dual or his points in a tournament.
*Note: The event director is responsible
for collecting and verifying the minimum weight class of wrestlers when
requested for events held in Ohio with five or more teams participating.
Weight Monitoring Program includes growth allowance. A two
pound growth allowance will be given on December 25.
allowance may not be utilized to achieve a lower minimum weight
for a wrestler.
In order to
utilize the growth allowance, a wrestler shall compete at
“scratch” (lowest allowable) weight in the desired weight class
at least once prior to using the two pound growth allowance.
A wrestler may compete before or during
an appeal at his or her lowest approved weight based on the initial
All steps of the appeal
shall occur within 14 calendar days of the original Alpha Date.
The 14 day appeal period shall
start on the day following the Alpha Date.
The 1.5% weight loss limitation
is in affect the day following the alpha date. Greater than 1.5% weight
loss will result in automation rejection of the appeal.
In order to utilize the results
of an appeal, the wrestler must compete at their approved lowest minimum
weight during an appeal for a lower weight.
Any athlete may appeal his/her
initial assessment one time by reassessment by a MASTER ASSESSOR ONLY.
An athlete must take an
Individual/Reassessment/Appeal Profile Form and written parental
permission with him/her to the appeal assessment.
The steps of the appeal process are as
Reassessment: The athlete shall repeat the “Alpha Weigh-In” as described
in the regulation.
The master assessor shall be
responsible for conducting the initial appeal using skin fold calipers.
The reassessment shall occur
within 14 calendar days of the original Alpha date unless a written
extension is granted by the OHSAA before the expiration of the 14-day
period. All steps of the appeal must be completed during the same
Reassessment includes hydration
assessment, weight measurement, plus three measurements of three skin
fold sites. If the hydration assessment is failed, the wrestler may not
be reassessed for a minimum of 48 hours.
When the assessor enters the
appeal data, they must indicate that this is an APPEAL by entering the
information using the APPEAL link.
Failure to adhere to these
conditions or timelines will be cause for denial.
The wrestler is responsible for
any costs incurred during the appeal process.
If dissatisfied with the initial results, the wrestler may choose to be
hydrostatically weighed or undergo air displacement weighing to
determine body fat percentage. Results obtained at this step are
automatically accepted. The athlete, family, school, or coach may not
appeal further. (Click
here for Appeals form)
Hydrostatic weighing or air
displacement weighing facilities must be approved by the OHSAA before
any assessment occurs.
All appeals and assessments must
be completed by January 14, 2014.
The 1.5% weight loss limitation
shall be observed when conducting hydrostatic or air displacement
The wrestler is responsible for
any costs incurred during the appeal process.
A student may not wrestle at the
new, appealed weight until appeal information is entered into
www.nwcaonline.com and coach has received approval by site.
PENALTY: A wrestler who weighs in
at a weight before the proper amount of time has passed to achieve the
lowest minimum weight, will be considered an ineligible wrestler and
subject to OHSAA regulations and sanctions.
A wrestler may compete before or
during an appeal only at his or her lowest allowable weight based on the
A wrestler may skip STEP 1 and
proceed directly to STEP 2.
incurred for the initial assessment and appeal process are the
responsibility of the school or parent.
may charge up to $5.00 per athlete for each assessment plus
$35.00 per hour. This charge is assessed for any athlete who
passes or fails the urine specific gravity test.
who appeals the initial test will be charged $10.00 for a
body fat assessment using skinfold calipers.
to the $35 per hour charge for services and the $5 per
assessment (not exceeding $55.00), OHSAA assessors are permitted
to charge mileage at the IRS standard rate whenever travel is
required to an assessment location.
option— hydrostatic or air displacement testing charge up to $75
certification will be obtained by the OHSAA and all assessors
will work under that certificate.
member schools, who sponsor wrestling shall be members of the
National Wrestling Coaches Association (www.nwcaonline.com).
Penalties for a wrestler circumventing
(attempting to cheat and/or cheating) the weight assessment process:
First Offense – Suspension for
one wrestling season.
Second Offense – Suspension for
two wrestling seasons.
A coach who knowingly cheats the Ohio
Weight Management Program or assists a wrestler to circumvent the weight
assessment process will be subject to penalties and sanctions imposed by
the OHSAA Commissioner.
WEIGHT CLASS ELIGIBILITY EXAMPLES
On any given date a wrestler may not
weigh in more than one weight class above his/her lowest allowable
weight as defined by their Alpha Master report timeline. Any wrestler
who does weigh-in more than one weight class above their
lowest allowable weight then vacates that lowest weight and a new lowest
weight will be established. Growth
allowance may not be utilized to achieve a lower weight class for a
wrestler. For simplicity, all examples are listed without growth
A wrestler has
reached his/her lowest minimum weight of 106. On the day of
competition, he/she weighs in and wrestles at 120.5, This is more
than one weight class above the lowest minimum weight of 106,
therefore 106 is surrendered and 113 becomes the new minimum weight
for that wrestler.
a. A wrestler
with a lowest minimum weight of 126 is descending toward their
lowest minimum weight, but has yet to reach the lowest minimum
weight, and weighs in for competition. In compliance with his/her
timeline the wrestler weighs in at 130 (making him/her eligible at
132 and 138) and wrestles at 138. The wrestler still retains the
opportunity to continue to descend toward the lowest minimum weight
of 126 as he/she did not weigh in more than one weight class above
his/her lowest actual weight.
b. Two weeks later, the same wrestler in
example a, who has now reached his/her lowest minimum weight of 126,
weighs in at 135 and wrestles at 145. That wrestler has now surrendered
his/her lowest minimum weight of 126 and 132 becomes the wrestler’s new
A 125.3 pound
lowest minimum weight wrestler weighs in at 125.6 pounds, legally
wrestling several times at 132 and 136 pounds. Later during the
season his/her actual weigh-in weight is recorded at 138.1 pounds
making him/her eligible for the 138 and 145 pound weight classes.
This requires that he/she surrenders the 126 pound weight class,
establishing the new minimum weight class of 132.
A wrestler is NOT eligible for a lower
weight class because of allowances for successive days of wrestling,
which then brings a weight class up to their 7% minimum weight.