Gains for wrestlers

Changes are on the horizon for high school wrestlers.

Starting next school year, there will be an additional weight class in the upper weights while streamlining the middle weights so that the total number of weight divisions for preps remains at 14.

The lowest weight class will be increased from 103 pounds to 106, the first major revision in the sport in nearly a quarter of a century. It was in 1988 that the bottom weight was raised from 98 pounds to 103.

The biggest change will be the creation of more opportunities for heavier wrestlers. Currently, for individuals in excess of 180 pounds, there are three choices: 189 pounds, 215 and heavyweight.

When the 2011-12 school year begins, there will be four weight classes for those athletes: 182 pounds, 195 pounds, 220 pounds and heavyweight, with a maximum weight of 285 pounds.

This change will allow more individuals who play football in the fall to find a fit on the wrestling mats in the winter.

Only four weight classes will remain the same as they were in recent years. The official weight classes for 2011-12 are: 106 pounds, 113 pounds, 120 pounds, 126 pounds, 132 pounds, 138 pounds, 145 pounds, 152 pounds, 160 pounds, 170 pounds, 182 pounds, 195 pounds, 220 pounds and heavyweight.

The carryover weight classes are 145, 152, 160 and heavyweight.

The most recent wrestling change occurred in 2006 when the upper limit for heavyweights was shifted from 275 pounds to 285.

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