Heartland USA Elementary & Middle School National duals
Heartland USA Elementary & Middle School National Folk Style Duals 2018
April 13th, 14th and 15th
Mid America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa
This is a USA event and you must have a USA wrestling card.
We are expecting 40 Elementary teams and 38 middle school teams this year.
Elementary Team entry fee is $800 for the first team and $700 for each additional team.
Middle School Team entry fee is $800 for the first team and $700 for each additional team.
Womens division team entry fee is $500 per team
Elementary weight classes for the event are as follows: 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 120, 130, 140 and 160. Each team is limited to 20 wrestlers per team and must be listed on your roster. All wrestlers on a team must be from the same state. Grade verification (report card or official letter from an elementary school authority) will be required for all wrestlers. This event is for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. A wrestler cannot be in this event if he or she is 14 years old or older. Please be prepared to show proof of age if challenged. Each team will be allowed 4 coaches. From your coaching staff, you must provide table help for each dual. There will be an official score keeper that will use Flowrestling, a camera operator, and a bopper. These duties should be divided between the 2 dual teams competing. NE USA will provide the notebook computers for each table. All mats will be live streamed by FloWrestling.
Middle School weight classes for the event are as follows: 75, 80, 85, 90, 95 102, 110, 117, 125, 132, 140, 150, 160, 175, 195, 220, 275. Each team is limited to 20 wrestlers per team and must be listed on your roster. All wrestlers on a team must be from the same state. Grade verification (report card or official letter from a Middle School authority) will be required for all wrestlers. This event is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. A wrestler cannot be in this event if he or she is 16 years old. Please be prepared to show proof of age if challenged. Each team will be allowed 4 coaches. From your coaching staff, you must provide table help for each dual. There will be an official score keeper that will use Flowrestling, a camera operator and a bopper. These duties should be divided between the 2 dual teams competing. NE USA will provide the notebook computers for each table. All mats will be lived streamed by FloWrestling.
New women's division - Grade 1st through 8th grade. A wrestler can not be 16 and wrestle in this event. All other criteria is same as other divisions mentioned above. Weight classes are as follow: 58, 65, 73, 82, 89, 97, 102, 109, 117, 126, 138, 150. (as part of new expansion, the women's teams will not have to provide an official for this event.)
States or clubs to provide Certified Officials (either USA or State HS association) based on number of total teams. (Example 1 elementary team and 1 middle school team = 1 official) Must show credentials
Elementary & Middle School - All States or clubs with 2 to 3 teams = 1 Official, then 4 to 6 teams = 1 additional Official, 7 to 9 teams = 1 additional Official.
Women's division - as part of new expansion, the women's teams will not have to provide an official for this event this year.
NEUSAW will pay each official $200 on Saturday and $175 on Sunday, provide lunch on event days and social meal on Saturday evening. Each State or club is responsible for travel, lodging and any meals not mentioned (breakfast and friday evening meal after weighins) of their officials.
States or clubs may not contract Nebraska officials to meet this criteria.
Address of Venue
1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Event Dates and times
April 13th Friday- Weigh-ins from 6:00pm to 8:30 pm
Teams do not have to weigh in together.
April 14th Saturday- Doors open at 6:30am and wrestling begins at 8:00am
(We will wrestle in pools to determine the bracketing for Saturday)
April 15th Sunday- Doors open at 6:30am and wrestling begins at 8:00am
(Championship brackets will be wrestled to completion) We are usually done with awards and all brackets by 3:00pm. The airport is 15 mins from venue. Plan accordingly.
There will be awards for the top 8 teams in the Gold championship pool. Then 8 awards for the top 8 teams in the Silver pool, Bronze and/or additional pools.
All wrestlers will receive an event medal based on their team place in the tournament. Each team that has a wrestler that is undefeated will be acknowledged as All Americans (must have a minimum of 6 matches.) The Head coach of each team will be responsible for keeping track of their wrestler’s record and then getting that info to the tournament director. Awards will be given to each All-American. There will be 2 MVP awards given to each that placed in the top 8 of the gold pool and 1 MVP award given to the rest of the teams in the tournament. Your coaching staff must decide which wrestlers on your team get the MVP awards. We will not have extra MVP awards available. There will be a team sportsmanship award given by the referees. There will also be an outstanding referee award given and chosen by the coaches in the tournament. The team sportsmanship award and Referee awards will be given prior to the start of the last day of tournament.
Rules of Engagement
National Federation High School Rules--- Head gear not required.
45 minute rest between matches not in effect
Must make weight in singlet/ skin ailment must have doctors release
Time periods are: 1 ½ minute (all 3 periods)
Exceptions---Mouth pieces are not required for wrestlers with braces. Shoe laces do not have to be secured but strongly encouraged. Hair nets are not required but encouraged. Competition singlet can not be low cut singlets. Must meet High School singlet criteria.
Example of criteria for championship bracket in each division: For elementary and middle school there will be a bracket of 8 that will make the top championship bracket. It's the Diamond bracket. There will be 5 pools of 6 in MS and 3 pools of 6 & 3 pools of 5 in the Elementary. Top pool winners get automatic birth. For MS the next 3 teams that scored the most points in their pool are chosen. For Elem top pool winners will get automatic birth. We will then do total points based on 4 dual only to compensate for the pools that had 6 teams. Next 2 teams with the most points fills the Diamond bracket.
Team entry fee and roster
Make checks payable to Nebraska USA Wrestling, 15237 Locust Street, Omaha, NE 68116. You will be able to go on line to enter your team in the event. We will issue you a user name and password. You will be able to update or edit your team up till the time of weigh-ins.
Adult pass and student pass
Adult pass is $18.00 and student pass is $10.00. This is a per day fee. If child is not in school yet they are free.
All hotel accommodations will be handled through the Council Bluffs Visitors Bureau. The Visitor’s Bureau has been fantastic throughout this process and ready to make getting rooms one easy step. No more calling every hotel getting prices. They have all the prices in blocks for this event already. Please use the hotels in Council Bluffs if possible. Please call Visitor's bureau and they will take care of things for you. The hotels are nice, reasonable and right near the Mid America Center. The hotels are as follows: Hilton Garden Inn, Microtel, Springhill Suites Marriot, Hampton Inn @ Ameristar, Holiday Express & Suites, Quality Inn & Suites and more coming. Keep track of how many rooms you book because I will need this information.
For hotels call or email
Alicia Frieze| Director of Sales
Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tournament Director- Fred Franklin
Mobile number- 402-380-1939
Sunday Bracket Placement Criteria:
1) Pool Placement
4) Most Team Points
5) Least Team Penalty Points
6) Most Individual wins
7) Coin Flip