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Coaches will start seeding Iowa high school wrestling state duals tournament

Seeding for traditional tournament could be coming

Lisbon head coach Brad Smith (right) during a Class 1A semifinal dual against Denver at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Lisbon head coach Brad Smith (right) during a Class 1A semifinal dual against Denver at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association unanimously approved a wrestling advisory committee recommendation to allow coaches of state qualifying teams to seed the dual team tournament, starting in 2019.

Similar pre-tournament ranking systems have been approved and utilized in baseball and basketball.

“I think the move to seed the state dual team tournament helps make wrestling consistent with other sports, and with a method that has proven to be effective in building competitive brackets,” IHSAA wrestling administrator Lewie Curtis said Monday.

The advisory committee also recommended seeding the top eight wrestlers in each weight class for the state traditional tournament. The IHSAA board decided to table that recommendation until June’s meeting.

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