2020 MSWA Youth State Tournament Information

Entry fees & Deadlines

The entry fee for all qualifiers is $40.00 and the deadline to register is 11:59PM on the Thursday before the tournament - Walk-in Registrations WILL NOT be accepted.

Online Registrations are Final: Online registrations are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Make sure you check your schedule prior to registering for one of the tournaments.

Must be a resident of DC or Maryland to participate. Residency is determined by where you go to school. If questioned, a Report Card will be required.

USA Wrestling Card Requirements

A USAW Membership is required for all events. 

A Limited Folkstyle Athlete, Full Athlete, or High Performance Athlete USAW Membership is required for this series. Memberships expire on 8/31 of each year. Limited Folkstyle Athlete Memberships are only valid for MSWA Future Champions and MSWA Youth State Tournament Series events. 

All Coaches Must Have A Current USAW Wrestling Leader Membership to be on the mat at the State Tournament.  If a Coach does not have a USAW Wrestling Leader Card, they will not be permitted access to the mats during the tournament. To get access & FREE ENTRY to the tournament; Coaches must present their State ID & USAW Card showing that they have a USAW Wrestling Leader Membership at the door.

Click Here to purchase a USAW Membership.


Approx. Start

8U (2012-2015)

10U (2010-2011)

8:00 am - 9:00 am 10:00 am

12U (2008-2009)

15U* (2005-2007)

*No High School Experience

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 2:00 pm
All special equipment (mouth guards, knee pads, hair covers, etc..) and any NFHS Skin Forms MUST be presented at weigh-ins. NFHS Skin Form has to be STAMPED BY THE DOCTOR OR CLINIC doing the evaluation or they will not be considered valid.

state tournament advancement

Wrestlers that QUALIFY for the State Tournament MUST pay on-site the $40 advancement fee. 


Modified NFHS Rules

National Federation of State High School Association scoring rules with USA Wrestling modifications will govern the tournament. These USA Wrestling modifications include the following:
  • Headgear is MANDATORY for all competitors.
  • Mouth guards are MANDATORY for wrestlers that have braces.
  • Rest time in-between matches is a minimum of 15 minutes.
  • A match cannot be started when a wrestler does not have a coach present.
  • The three-quarter nelson with leg hook is LEGAL in USA Wrestling Folkstyle Events.
  • The double arm bar with sit out will be considered potentially dangerous.
USA Wrestling rules governing ages, weights, and match time will take precedence where applicable.


Brackets at the qualifiers will be randomly drawn. However, care will be taken to try to ensure that teammates do not meet in the first round when possible. Depending on the number wrestlers in a weight class from the same team, this cannot be guaranteed.

Groups Years Born Weight Classes
8U 2012-2015 USAW Weight Classes
10U 2010-2011 USAW Weight Classes
12U 2008-2009 USAW Weight Classes
15U* 2005-2007 USAW Weight Classes for 14U
*No HS Experience    

There is NO WEIGHT ALLOWANCE for the Qualifiers. If weight is an issue to hold, MOVE UP.  We do not condone weight cutting as it is unhealthy for the body, unhealthy for the sport, and only hurts the kids.  BE SMART.


***Wrestlers must complete their bracket to qualify for the State Tournament. Wrestlers that are injured during a finals match and are unable to continue may still qualify depending on their placement.

***Regulation period times are 1:30 for all age groups. Wrestleback period times are 1:30, 1:00, 1:00 for any bracketed weight class.

***NOTE: If a wrestler does not qualify or just not ready for the state championships, try out the MSWA Future Champion Series

***Note regarding MSWA Future Champion wrestlers, once a wrestler qualifies for the MSWA Champions State Tournament, wrestlers are no longer eligible to compete in the MSWA Future Champion Series (which is designed for beginner/experienced wrestlers only).  Wrestlers are considered advanced once they qualify for the MSWA Champions State Tournament.