- What are Challenge Nights?
Challenges are inter-squad matches setup to determine the rankings of
individuals will be ranked as the Varsity, JV and Exhibition wrestlers for the
three dual meets with the other clubs of our sub-division during the regular
season and ultimately, represent our club at the post-season "League"
tournament series (Sub-division, Division, & League tournaments).
- How is the pecking order predetermined prior to Challenges?
The assessment of the wrestlers by coaches are done during the first
2-3 weeks of practice will determine a wrestler’s ranking in a particular weight
class (where there is no prior documentation).
Challenges are going to be on Mondays and Wednesdays nights only.
Fridays will only be used as a challenge night if required. The first three
challenge nights are going to be completely open to all challengers. The last
two challenge nights are at the discretion of the Challenge Coordinator,
President, and Head Coach.
- How are Challenge matches set-up?
Prior to each challenge week the coaches and the challenge coordinator will
prepare a list of challengers for each weight class. This will be done initially
using last years results and then updated based on the coaches’ assessment
of each wrestlers ability. All wrestlers may challenge during the first three
challenge weeks. If your wrestler wants to challenge contact the Challenge
Coordinator prior to Monday night to ensure he/she is placed on the challenge
list. An experienced wrestler with a realistic chance of winning and competing
in the sub-district may challenge at multiple weights with the approval of the
coaches. This will only be allowed during the first two or three challenge nights.
- How Do Challenges work and what is the process?
The Varsity, Junior Varsity and other challengers in each weight group must
attend the designated Challenge nights. If you are unable to attend the
challenge night, you must obtain prior approval by both the head coach and
the challenge coordinator. (If you miss challenge night you forfeit).
A challenge match will consist of three 1-minute rounds (1½ minutes for the
1st round) for 9 and over and three 1-minute rounds for 8 and under. Each
Challenge match needs two wrestlers, a score, a timer and an Official.
The pecking order for challenges will go as follows: The lowest ranked wrestler
in a weight class challenges first. For example, the number 3 ranked wrestler
would challenge the JV wrestler, who is the number 2 seed. Whoever wins
that match will then challenge the Varsity wrestler, who is the number 1 ranked
wrestler in that weight class. Challenges are sequential from low to high and
wrestlers may continue to challenge up the latter, as long as they keep winning.
Wrestlers must be prepared to wrestle @ the designated time. When called for a challenge,
wrestlers must have wrestling attire on; shoes and socks, (singlet and headgear are
optional). Wrestler may have to wrestle several matches and must be prepared to wrestle
another match every twenty minutes as necessary. The wrestler must be courteous to the
Official, scorer, timer and their opponent (unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
There will be no coaching or cheering for or against wrestler.
Referees/Coaches must fairly and patiently officiate matches and communicate with the
wrestlers. If for any reason you feel you cannot officiate a challenge match, let the Challenge
Coordinator know and he/she will assign the match to another Referee/Coach (The only
reason Challenge Coordinator needs to hear is "I am uncomfortable officiating this match").
- Prior to each match, introduce yourself, the wrestles to each other, tell them this
a challenge match at i.e. ‘54 pounds 8 & Under’, ensure the timer knows how
long the rounds need to be, the scorer knows who is who and boundaries of the
- At end of each round, go to the scorer and confirm the score, ensure each
wrestler knows the score, round and the situation. There should be a clear
break between rounds. The Challenge can get confusing for the wrestlers,
especially if they go out of bounds a lot.
- At the end of the match, let the wrestlers know the score and send them to the
Challenge Coordinator for further instructions.
- What if my child does not make a Varsity or JV position?
Parents…whether your child secures a Varsity or JV position is NOT
important. Your child will get plenty of wrestling this season with all the
tournaments and dual meets available. The important issue is that each
wrestler will gain valuable experience in the sport of wrestling AND will be
having fun while they’re doing it.
- What is qualifying weigh-ins?
The Pierce County Jr. Wrestling League requires each wrestler to have 3
(Three) weigh-ins in order to qualify for the Sub-division Tournament. These
‘weigh-ins‘ must be attained at three of the five round robin / dual meets the
Wolfpack has this season. At the dual meets, a weigh-in only counts if the
wrestler is in the Varsity or JV positions (Exhibition does not count). Every
wrestler gets a qualifying weigh-in at the Round Robins. Parents, it is
STRONGLY advised that your child gets as many qualifying weigh-ins at
these designated meets. Keep in mind that only the Duals and Round Robins
count towards a qualifying weigh-in.
- Other Considerations . . .
Pierce County Jr. Wrestling League rules require a wrestler to have wrestled
three qualified matches in the weight class (or one below) that they are registered to wrestle
in at the post-season league tournament. Qualified matches are limited to PCJWL Dual
meets or Round Robin tournaments only. If a wrestler can not achieve the required number
of qualified matches by season end they will not be allowed to challenge for a JV or Varsity
position if that match eliminates the incumbent wrestler from meeting post season
Ken "Rain Man" Hoyle