KSHSAA Introduces New Postseason Wrestling Format, Assignments
COVID-19 has impacted nearly everything in the sports world including the 2020-21 Kansas high school wrestling season.
In an effort to protect student-athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans, the Kansas State High School Activities Association has opted to go with a new-look postseason format.
This year, wrestlers in Classes 3-2-1A and 4A will need to finish in the top four in each of three postseason tournaments in order to qualify for the state tournament. Wrestlers in 5A and 6A will compete in two postseason tournaments in order to make state.
Schools will be assigned to one of eight district tournaments to be held on Saturday, February 6. The top four in each weight class advance to one of four regional tournaments to be held on Friday, February 12. The top four in each weight class then advance to one of two sub-state tournaments to be held on Saturday, February 20. The top four finishers in each weight class make the state tournament.
According to KSHSAA wrestling administrator Mark Lentz, the reason for four postseason tournaments versus two like in past years is to keep crowd sizes down.
Russell is part of the Cimarron 3-2-1 District Tournament. Other schools include Cimarron, Ellis, TMP-Marian, Hoisington, Lakin, Langdon-Fairfield, Leoti-Wichita County, St. John-Hudson, Stafford, Tribune-Greeley County.
Host sites for the regional and sub-state tournaments have not been announced. Lentz says they are still in the process of finding host schools and hope to announce those locations in the next week or so.
The 3-2-1A State Wrestling Tournament will be held in Hays at Gross Memorial Coliseum, but on one day instead of two on Saturday, February 27.
The Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association recently conducted an interview with Mark Lentz from KSHSAA to discuss the new postseason format and more. You can watch the interview below.