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Frequently Asked Questions


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Q. When will tournament pairings be announced and how can I obtain them?
A. 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 the participant's names in the tournament pairings is misspelled or his record in incorrect?
Send an e-mail to the attention of Tim Stried, Director of Information Services, immediately. He may be reached at: [email protected]
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 held March 3-5, 2016. Directions to the Schottenstein Center are available on the web page for the arena at:

Q. What are the times for the five sessions when the three divisions will be wrestled?
A. Click here for State Tournament Time Schedule
Q. How do I purchase tickets for the tournaments?
A. Single session tickets will be sold at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office beginning Monday, February 29. The cost is $15 per ticket. Participants in the tournament will receive one book of tickets, which the wrestler must use for entry into the Schottenstein Center. All-session booklets are available for $75 each for Entry and Club Levels & $55 each for Terrace Level plus applicable service charges. Orders for ticket books go on sale at 10:00 a.m., Jan. 29, 2016. Tickets are available through the OSU Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000. Note: Tickets purchased at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office are not charged service fees.
Q. Where can I park once I’m at the Schottenstein Center?

There are numerous public parking spaces available near the Schottenstein Center and on the campus of The Ohio State University. Parking is first come, first serve and free for passenger cars.  Recreational vehicles are $50.00 per tournament.

Q. Am I permitted to leave the arena and re-enter during the same session?
A. No, there are no pass outs allowed for spectators.
Q. Once I am in the arena, how do I know who is wrestling and when matches take place?

The souvenir OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament Program, which sells for $5.00, will provide a complete listing for each session along with a bracket showing each wrestler in his proper weight class and division. The program also lists coaches, past two-, three- and four-time state champions and other interesting information. Results of matches from the previous session will be on sale during sessions two, three, four and five for $2 per division. Look for the sellers — they will be wearing bright red OHSAA aprons.
How do I know at approximately what time the wrestler I am following will be competing?
A. A matchboard will be used to schedule all matches. The computerized matchboards are positioned on top of the center hung scoreboard in the Value City Arena. TV monitors, located in the concourse hallways and the Aux. Gym, 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 tournament 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 west 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 a wrestler?
A. Yes, spectators are permitted to videotape from their assigned seat (no flash photography) Fans are asked not to interfere with the view of other spectators. Media personnel only are permitted on the arena floor.
Am I permitted to videotape or take photos of the awards ceremony on the floor should the wrestler I am following place in the top eight?
Fans are not permitted on the arena floor to take photos of the official awards ceremony. Photos of the awards ceremony can be ordered through the official OHSAA photographer, Impact Action Photography, However, spectators may videotape or take photos of the eight place winners on an awards stand in the Auxiliary Gymnasium.
How will fans not attending the tournaments be able to obtain results of all the matches?
As soon as possible after each session has concluded, results for each session will be posted on this site on the OHSAA web page.
Q. What hotels might I call for overnight accommodations?
A. A list of hotels around the campus of The Ohio State University, along with some other areas of Columbus, are listed on the OHSAA Fan Guide. Click here for more information.
Q. Are food and beverages available in the arena or restaurants near by?
Yes, both in the arena and at area restaurants, some of which are within walking distance of the arena. Click here for area restaurants. However, it is prohibited to bring outside food and drink into the arena.


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