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Frequently Asked Questions


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Q. When will tournament pairings be announced and how can I obtain them?

Tournament pairings will be available on Sunday, February 28, no later than 12:00 noon. They can be accessed through the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s web page at
What if I notice that one of my wrestler's names in the tournament pairings is misspelled or his record is incorrect?
A. Send an e-mail to the attention of Tim Stried, Director of Information Services, immediately.  He may be reached at [email protected].
Is there a dress code for coaches?

Coaches will be required to wear either dress slacks or khakis, a collar shirt and appropriate footwear such as sneakers, dress shoes, etc. Flip flops, sandals shorts and hats are examples of inappropriate footwear. Coaches dressed inappropriately will not be permitted on the arena floor beginning session 1.


Q. How do my wrestler(s) and I gain entry into the tournaments?
A. Coaches will receive books of tickets, which they must use for entry into the tournament, according to the following schedule: one qualifier � one book; two to four qualifiers � two books; five to eight qualifiers — three books; nine to 14 qualifiers � four books. Each participant will also receive a book of tickets which must be used for entry into the tournament. Coaches previously had the opportunity to purchase all-session ticket books. Additional books of tickets for coaching personnel may be purchased Thursday morning, March 3 outside the Coaches Packet Pick Up Area in the Southwest Rotunda, located on the Southwest side of the Schottenstein Center off of Fred Taylor Drive at 10 a.m. In addition, the Schottenstein Center Ticket office opens daily at 8:00 a.m.
Q. Where do my wrestler(s) and I enter the Schottenstein Center?

You are strongly encouraged to enter each session at the Southwest Rotunda Pass Gate. However, you can also enter through any other gate. Keep your ticket stub. Use it to move through the arena for Sessions 1 through 5.
Q. Is there a pre-tournament coaches meeting I need to attend prior to competition?

Yes. First, coaches must pick up an informational packet, which contains tickets, parking passes and tournament information, in the Auxiliary Gymnasium, located on the Southwest side of the Schottenstein Center off of Fred Taylor Drive, beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 3. That will be followed by a mandatory coaches informational meeting at 11 a.m. in the main arena of the Value City Arena in the Schottenstein Center.
Q. When are weigh-ins?

Scales will open Thursday, March 3 at 10 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gymnasium. Wrestlers will be able to weigh-in unofficially from 10 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. on the same scale which he will weigh-in officially beginning at his appointed time. Coaches are encouraged to utilize this unofficial weigh-in. All wrestlers must report for official weigh-ins in the Auxiliary Gymnasium,  Thursday, March 3 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Specific weigh-in times are in the packet.

The Division I, II and III Championship Semifinalists and Consolation Semifinalists may begin weighing in Friday at 5:30 p.m. All wrestlers who qualify for Saturday's championship finals and the consolation semifinals must report for weigh-ins during Session 3. Championship semifinalist and consolation semifinalist wrestlers may weigh-in either before or after wrestling Friday evening. Weigh-ins will conclude 30 minutes after the last match is finished for Session 3. If any wrestler does not make weight during the the weigh-in period during Session 3, there will be a final weigh-in period Saturday morning (9 to 9:30 a.m.). Wrestlers will not weigh in Friday morning.

Q. Are locker facilities available?

Lockers will not be available for contestants. Showers will be available in rooms located behind press row on the north side. A room located in the Auxiliary Gymnasium will be available to "check" medical kits, equipment bags, etc. (similar to a coat check).
Q. Where are the State Wrestling Tournaments held and how do I get there?

The OHSAA State Wrestling Tournaments are contested on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus at the Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center (corner of Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road). This year's tournaments will be March 3-5, 2016. Directions to the Schottenstein Center are available on the web page for the arena at:

Q. Where can I park once I’m at the Schottenstein Center?

Instructions for complimentary coaches parking will be in the coaches packet. You will receive one parking pass if you have 1-4 wrestlers participating in the tournament; 2 parking passes if you have 5-8 wrestlers, 3 passes if you have 9-12 wrestlers participating and 4 passes if you have 13-14 wrestlers. Park in the northwest lot/gray lot and enter through the Southwest Rotunda to pick up packets.

Q. What hotels might I call for overnight accommodations?

A list of hotels around the campus of The Ohio State University, along with some other areas of Columbus, is available on the OHSAA web page here:

Q. What are the times for the five sessions when the three divisions will be wrestled?
A. Click here for State Tournaments Time Schedule
Q. How do I know when my wrestler is competing?
A matchboard will be used to schedule all matches. The computerized matchboards are suspended from the Value City Arena ceiling. In addition, TV monitors, located in the concourse hallways and the Auxiliary Gymnasium, can be viewed by wrestlers, coaches and spectators.

Every match has been assigned a match number, and all match numbers are found in the state tournaments program. Once you have found the match you are interested in the program, match numbers will appear on the matchboard in the order in which they will be wrestled. The scoreboard will list 10 consecutive mats. The matchboard will indicate the following: WR-wrestling; OD-on deck (wrestlers positioned behind the respective mat); BP-bullpen (wrestlers report to the east end of the arena), and WU-warm-up (wrestlers should report to the bullpen in approximately 10 minutes). No matches, other than those marked T.B.A. (to be assigned), will be announced over the public address system.

Q. Am I permitted to videotape or take photos of my wrestler?
Yes, cameras will be permitted in the bullpen and matside. No other personnel — both school-related and fans/family — will be permitted in these areas. Fans may videotape or shoot photos from their assigned seat (no flash photography).
Q. How will someone not attending the tournaments be able to obtain results of all the matches?
A. As soon as possible after each session has concluded, results for each session will be posted  on the OHSAA web site.
Are my wrestler(s) and I expected to participate in media interviews following a match?
Yes, it is strongly encouraged. A "runner" will hand you a Media Interview Request slip, which indicates the media wishes to interview you or your wrestler immediately following the match. The Interview Room is located in the northeast corner of the arena. Please be prompt for your interview. If you choose not to participate, please have the courtesy to inform the "runner" of your intentions
Q. How does my local media outlet receive credentials for the tournament?

Legitimate media representatives should obtain a credential request form from the OHSAA web site ( Fax the request form to: Tim Stried, Director of Information Services, OHSAA, at 614-267-1677. Credentials will be held at the Media Pass Gate. Deadline is Tuesday, March 10.  Media members will be required to show employee identification cards upon entry to the tournaments. Those media outlets that do not issue I.D. cards must write in advance and identify the person who will be assigned to cover the tournaments for their outlet. Upon entry, that person will then be required to show some form of photo I.D. before a credential is issued. Those persons, including coaches, who are not performing a legitimate duty for a media outlet will not be admitted.
Can anyone else affiliated with our team obtain credentials to videotape or take photos of our participant(s)?
A No. Due to space limitations, they must shoot photos (no flash photography) or videotape from their seats.
Q. How will my wrestler(s) and I be reimbursed for expenses ?
A. The participating schools do not complete or submit any forms to the OHSAA. Expenses for participants and coaches are determined according to the county in which your school is located rather than on a mileage basis. The expenses of a coach will be paid on the same basis as a wrestler. The number of coaches to be reimbursed is as follows: one wrestler - one coach; two-to-four wrestlers - two coaches; five or more wrestlers - three coaches. This expense allowance does not apply to managers, trainers, etc. See the OHSAA Wrestling Tournament regulations here.

The school will not be reimbursed from the OHSAA until late July or early August. The OHSAA annually sends one travel allowance reimbursement check to each participating school for all regional and/or state tournaments in individual sports.

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