For Wisconsin Wrestling, the time marked between Christmas and New Year’s Day is most often a good gauge of how the off-season training and preparation during the season has paid off; as well as a checklist of items that need to be addressed on the road to Madison for the WIAA State Tournament series. This time of year is of course the holiday season, but for Wrestlers it is “Holiday Tournament” time.
Our state is fortunate to have many large premier tournaments that showcase the best wrestlers from various regions of Wisconsin as well as many of the best wrestlers from throughout the country. These match-ups showcase marquee matches between divisions, conferences, regions and sometimes contests of studs that may change weights later in the year. Sometimes there are previews of likely matches and finals from state; but often it is the dream match-ups and “what ifs” that make these tournaments quite special for the athletes but also for families, fans, alumni and their respective communities.
Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. Happy Holidays. Happy Wrestling!
Eau Claire – Eau Claire Holiday Tournament – Friday, December 30
Location: McPhee Center – UWEC, Eau Claire, WI 54701
La Crosse – Bi-State – Thursday & Friday, December 29 & 30
Location: La Crosse Center - 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601
Merrill – Northern Exposure – Wednesday & Thursday, December 28 & 29
Location: Merrill High School - 1201 North Sales Street, Merrill, WI 54452
Oshkosh - Lourdes Academy OTW Classic – Thursday & Friday, December 29 & 30
Location: Kolf Sports Center - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh - 785 High Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901
River Falls – 32 Annual Northern Badger Wrestling Classic – 12/28 (JV), Thursday & Friday, December 29 & 30 (Varsity)
Location: River Falls High School – 818 Cemetery Road, River Falls, WI 54022
Whitewater - 38th Annual Mid-States Wrestling Classic – Wednesday & Thursday, December 28 & 29
Location: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater