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Kids Folkstyle State Qualifiers


2022 Qualifier Overview

The Kids Folkstyle State Qualifier in 2022 will be on Saturday March 19th. 

In the Boys and Girls divisions, wrestlers must qualify at one of the eight Qualifier Tournaments held on Saturday, March 19, 2022 in order to qualify for the Kids Folkstyle State Championships. The top three place winners from each age and weight group from each qualifier tournament will qualify.

Tournament Start Times:

  • Wrestling starts at 8:30 am for boys born in 2013-14, boys born in 2011-12 and all girls’ age groups.
  • Wrestling starts at 12:00 pm for boys born in 2009-10 and boys born in 2007-08 age groups.

Registration & Weigh-Ins:

  • Qualifier Sites: Friday, March 18, 2022, from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • Satellite Weigh-In Sites: Friday, March 18, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • There will be no Saturday weigh-in opportunities; all weigh-ins are on Friday night only.

USA Wrestling Competitor Cards: 

  • USA Wrestling cards are required and will be available at the door at each site.
  • Cards can also be purchased online at (USA Competitor Cards).
  • Advanced preparation is highly encouraged.
  • Plan ahead and request cards by contacting Wisconsin Wrestling Federation membership secretary Sandy Russell before March 1, 2022.

Registration Locations - No Forwarding
Whatever qualifier site location a wrestler registers and weighs in at, is the physical site they must actually wrestle at; there will be no forwarding of registration and weigh-in information between sites.

Annually, each of the 8 districts in the state - individually select a qualifier site for that district. Any wrestler can wrestle in any qualifier site; they do not have to stay in their "home" district.

Mat Rules
WIAA mat rules will apply in the folkstyle state championship qualifiers - with one exception. One minute periods for the youngest three age groups and one and a half minute periods for the oldest group - the same as the state tournament.  There are only 15 minutes of rest required between matches.

All WIAA rules with the exception of time-limit per period will be enforced. The mouth guard rule will be enforced with a penalty applied if a contestant has braces or any mouth apparatus and fails to have a mouth guard. A one-point penalty will be applied along with injury time of one minute thirty seconds will start. If a mouth guard is not secured in that period of time, the wrestler will be disqualified. This rule has been enforced by the WIAA for two years.

Please note that these rules are specific to the WIAA handbook and will be enforced by the officials at the folkstyle qualifiers and folkstyle state championship.

We will be separating place winners from last year’s WWF Kids Folkstyle State Championships. This is separation not seeding.

Wrestlers must be born in the year listed for each age group.

Since there is a separate girls' division, no girl can wrestle in the boys' divisions; only girls can participate in the girls' division. 

Anyone who has competed in a state high school athletic association wrestling competition(s) is not eligible for participation in the WWF State Folkstyle series, regardless of the athlete’s residence or date of birth.

The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation will call 4th place finishers in order to fill in empty spots.  A system is set up so we rotate qualifiers to see which 4th place finishers are asked to compete.  Please do not contact the WWF or the Qualifier contact persons regarding alternates; the WWF will directly call you - only if a spot is available - and your name comes up through the existing system.  If a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place finisher cannot make the state tournament then the 4th place finisher from that Qualifier is the alternate and will be contacted.

Coach Requirements
In order to coach at any/all WWF State Folkstyle Qualifiers, one must be a current Wrestling Leader member of USA Wrestling. This membership can be obtained through USA Wrestling’s membership system at, where one will be able to access the mandatory background screening and SafeSport training. This is the same membership that is required to coach at the WWF State Folkstyle Tournament and also the Dominate in the Dells, both USA Wrestling sanctioned events hosted by the WWF in March 2022. With this membership in USA Wrestling, one will be able to access National Coaches Education Program certification and be able to coach at chartered club practices as well. By purchasing the membership in advance of the qualifiers, anyone needing to complete the Copper (or higher) certification will have the entire week of the WWF State Folkstyle Tournament.

Misrepresentation Consequences

Falsifying a registration form by misrepresenting birth date, age or place of residence will result in the intended competitor’s suspension from the respective event, and the competitor will not be eligible for any of the WWF Championship Tournaments for one calendar year, including the corresponding event the year following.  This tournament is only open to Wisconsin residents.

Mel Dow

Mel Dow

Kids Director

Phone: (608) 732-0943

Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones

Tournament Director

Phone: (262) 424-3672

Sandy Russell

Sandy Russell

Membership Secretary

Phone: 262-968-9542