Brackets are now available for the 2020 IHSAA State Traditional Wrestling Tournament, which begins Thursday, Feb. 20 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Sixteen wrestlers qualified across each of the 14 weight classes in the IHSAA’s three school classifications. Two wrestlers qualified out of each district tournament site yesterday, Saturday, Feb. 15.
Each bracket has had eight wrestlers seeded on selected performance criteria and the other eight wrestlers randomly drawn in to create first round matchups. This is the second year for seeding in the state tournament, with an adjustment made before the 2019-20 season to increase the value of the top two criteria (head-to-head competition, competition against common opponents).
The traditional tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Tickets for each session are $10 and available in advance online through Iowa Events Center or at the Wells Fargo Arena box office.
The Iowa High School Sports Network has partnered with TrackWrestling to stream every match of the tournament through a pay-per-view program. The semifinals will be shown on the IHSSN’s cable television network, and the finals will be shown on the IHSSN’s broadcast television network. A free live stream will also be available for the semifinals and finals. The Iowa High School Sports Network is the exclusive rights-holder of select IHSAA state tournament events, but is not owned or operated by the IHSAA.
The IHSAA will use the Wrestling State Tournament Central page to share state tournament information, including maps, policies, updates, and important event links.