Seeding info must be entered by a coach from each team onto www.walshironman.com
on MONDAY prior to the Ironman, using each teams private password. On Tuesday seeding will be done live & on line, so NO changes can be made until weigh-in Friday.
The Seeding Director will be Bob Preusse, who is the high school writer for Amateur Wrestling News. All challenges must be lodged with the Director prior to the start of wrestling. The Ironman may allow a head coach to change his lineup at the first weigh-in. Since this could result in the re-seed of certain weights, the head coach MUST DIRECTLY INFORM tournament personnel at weigh-in. The following criteria are in effect for the Ironman 2008:
Each wrestler will be seeded by TOTAL POINTS accumulated during his high school career in FOUR categories. Varsity won & lost records are helpful info; also list other major tournaments placed in. These can determine a seed where point totals are close. List only STATE placing, do NOT list his sectional, district, or regional placing--- its just clutter that won’t count.
For PREP Schools, only placing at the National Prep tourn at Lehigh U counts the same as State placing does for public schools. Prep school State tournaments do NOT count -- so do NOT include that info, it is just confusing.
Category ONE: Any prior year Junior National (Fargo N.D.) champion freestyle or Greco is 14 points, runnerup is 13 points, thru EIGHT places. Eighth place is worth 7 points.
Category TWO: Any prior year Ironman champion is 14 points, runnerup 13 points, etc.
Category THREE: Any prior year State high school champion--all states and all classes/divisons are considered equal-- or National Prep school champion is 10 points, runnerup is 9 points-- in cases where eight are placed 8th place is worth 3 points. State placing prior to 9th grade does NOT count, do not include it in point totals.
Category FOUR: Any prior year Cadet National (Fargo N.D.) champion Freestyle or Greco is 8 points, runnerup is 7 points, thru eight places. Eighth place is worth 1 point. Cadet national accomplishments listed can be prior to entering 9th grade.
The Director will seed at least 12 wrestlers per weight in a 32 or 64-man bracket, whatever fits the number of wrestlers in a wt class. If 12 wrestlers per weight have not been seeded through the point system, then we will seed the wrestler(s) who was a state qualifier last season or had the best Varsity won-lost record or who placed at another major tournament. This will be at the judgement of the director.
Freshmen can be seeded, even if not a Cadet placer, but this would be unusual at weights above 103.. There must be evidence of proficiency, e.g. Junior High state champion or top 3 at an elite national schoolboy event such as “Tulsa Nationals”. Normally point totals dictate seeding, but if two or more wrestlers’ point totals are “fairly close”, factors such as last years head-to-head results will be considered, if known. The fact is some states are tougher.
Byes will be randomly & evenly distributed between half brackets by computer. Once seeded wrestlers & Byes are assigned, then the remaining wrestlers will be randomly drawn in the bracket by computer program. We will try to separate same states (other than Ohio) in the rattail and first round.