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See info on Hardship waivers under FAQ and then download the hardship waiver at the bottom of the FAQ page.  

NEUSAW State Tournament - March 15-17, 2024

NEUSAW Coaches get in free at the gate for all sessions. To be on the floor you need a current USA Wrestling Leader Membership card (Coaches card). (This is the same as our previous coaching card.) If you are a copper, bronze, silver or gold level coach then you get on the floor for free as well.  If you are a regular NEUSAW member coach with no additional certifications then the cost is $20 and must be purchased online only at this link:  

Link for a Coaches floor pass click below:

Coming soon

  • To Purchase a Wrestling Leader membership/coaches card go to this link:
  • There may be a background check needed and it usually takes about 8 days, so don't delay.
  • Coaches floor wrist bands will be available near the entry point of floor.  You must show ID to get your coaches floor pass.  If you are a copper, bronze, silver or gold level coach you do not need to purchase a floor pass, but you must pick up your coaches floor pass band to get on the floor. 

NEUSAW Folkstyle State Tournament Details 2024

  • Districts will be held the first weekend in March as usual.  The top 4 will qualify for State.  District directors will have the same leeway they have had in the past and stay within our current district guidelines.  District tournaments will also be staying within local Health guidelines as well.  If the District director deems necessary, the District tournaments may run on 2 consecutive days the first weekend in March.
  • Hardships are allowed again this year. 
  • The top 4 from districts will qualify for State. (Hardships allowed see frequently asked questions on how to apply)


Heartland Event Center

700 E Stolley Park Road,

Grand Island, NE 68801

Registration For State

  • All wrestlers must have a USA wrestling athlete membership. Here's the link:
  • PreK-8: Coming soon
  • Girls K-8: Coming soon
  • High School Boys/Girls: Coming soon
  • Registration will open shortly after all the District tournaments have completed. All Registrations for all divisions will end on Thursday, March 14th at 11:59pm.  The cost per wrestler is $45.

State Weigh-Ins

  • On Friday, March 15th, there will be satellite weigh-ins across the State in every District.  Each District can have up to 2 satellite weigh-ins within their District.  There must be a NEUSAW representative or Certified official present at the weigh-ins.  (Melissa Price will get each District Director setup in TW for weigh-ins) There will be a weigh-in in Grand Island at the venue as we normally do but strongly suggest that everyone weigh-in at a satellite weigh-in unless you are in District 4.  Wrestlers can weigh-in at any satellite weigh-in that they want.
  • Remember you must wear a singlet at weigh-ins.  You must make weight in the weight class you qualified for at Districts or you will be scratched from the tournament with no refund.  There are no hardships this year and that includes not being able to bump up a weight class at weigh-ins.  
  • This does not include the Girls division or High School. The girls and HS can bump up a weight if they don't make the weight they registered for.

  • Satellite weigh-ins can begin as early as 2pm central time but must be completed by 7pm central time on Friday evening.  This is only a window so each District can allow for weigh-ins between these times.  The weigh-in in at the Heartland Event Center will be from 6pm to 8pm.  The exact District weigh-in places and times will be updated on our website as that info becomes available.
  • Wrestlers can weigh-in at any satellite location. 
  • These weigh-ins will be for all grades and divisions no matter if they wrestle on Saturday or Sunday.  There will be no weigh-ins on Saturday afternoon like we have had in the past.
  • Each wrestler will receive a specific colored lanyard and session letter they are wrestling in immediately after they weigh-in.  This must be worn to get in the gate. Also must be worn to get on the wrestling floor during their session only.  Wrestlers with lanyards will be allowed to stay in the building, but not on the floor, for other sessions if their parents are coaches or have siblings still wrestling in other sessions.  Wrestlers with lanyards will not have to pay a gate fee for sessions they aren't wrestling in but should be accompanied by their parent.

Tickets For Spectators At State

  • An online ticket link will be available soon if not already. All tickets will be sold online.  All tickets in the main Arena will be reserve seating.  Tickets for the Expo Building will be General admission.  There will not be tickets available at the venue.  The online ticketing will be open throughout the weekend.  People will be able to buy tickets right from their phones if needed. These tickets will be sold in sessions.  If you want to watch more than 1 session, then you must purchase another session ticket or purchase a "2 Session package same day same seat" ticket at a discounted price. Each individual session ticket that is bought will be $15, the "2 Session package same day same seat" will be $24 each.  All tickets are the same for adults and children 4 years and older.  All children under 4 years old are free but must sit in the parents lap if they want a seat.
  • Kids that wrestle in a session do not have to purchase a gate ticket for other sessions.  They must have their session lanyard on at all times.  Wrestlers that are wanting to stay for other sessions must enter the main gate with their parents present.  The only wrestlers allowed on the floor will be wrestlers with lanyards that are the same as the current session that is wrestling at that time.

If you want to buy tickets for a session or full day (Session A,B,C,D,E or F),

State Ticket Purchase Link: Coming soon


 Live Stream Video Available Online

  • ONLINE Live by Trackcast video will be available.  Subscription fee will be for the whole tournament (that’s both days and all sessions except High School).  You will be able to subscribe to the NEUSAW State tournament and then watch all wrestling in all sessions for both days.  Click this link to watch the State Tournament live on Trackcast.
    Coming soon

NEUSAW State – Saturday Event Schedule

  • 7:30am - Main Arena - Saturday doors open for Session “A” wrestlers and spectators.
  • 9am - Session A - Main Arena wrestling begins. The following divisions and weights will be in Session A: 1) Boys 1st-2nd weights 40,45,50,53,56,59,62 2) Boys 3rd-4th all weightsAll wrestlers that are done competing will need to exit the floor area. 
  • The spectators that only have a Session “A” will need to exit the building upon completion.  If you have an "All day pass" you can stay right where you are.  We aren't having people exit the building between sessions.
  • 8:30am Expo Hall doors open for Spectators and wrestlers. General admission seating.
  • 10:00am Session B - Expo Hall - All Boys Prek 
  • 2:30pm (Approximately) - Session C - Main Arena:   Starts shortly at the conclusion on Session “A” with Boys 5th-6th all weights, and Boys 1st/2nd - 65 through 140.  The Session “C” wrestlers will be allowed to enter the venue at any time but will not be able to get on the floor until Session A is complete.  
  • There will be a separate gate entrance for Coaches and wrestlers as we have done in the past.  The progress of the tournament can be monitored on Track Wrestling for completion times of previous sessions.
  • NEUSAW State – Sunday Event Schedule
  • 7:30am - Sunday doors open for Session “D” wrestlers and spectators in the main arena.
  • 9am - Session D - Main Arena – Wrestling begins. The following divisions and weights will be in Session D –  Boys 7th/8th all weightsAll wrestlers that are done competing will need to exit the floor area.
  • The spectators in Session “D” will need to exit the building upon completion so the next Session can enter. You must have a Session “E” ticket to remain in the building.
  • 2:00pm (Approximately) - Session E - Main Arena:  Starts shortly at the conclusion of Session “D” - All Girls divisions (except high school) all weights. The Session “E” wrestlers will be allowed to enter the venue at any time but will not be able to get on the floor until Session D is complete.
  • There will be a separate gate entrance for Coaches and wrestlers as we have done in the past.  The progress of the tournament can be monitored on Track Wrestling for completion times of previous sessions.

NEUSAW State – Sunday Event Schedule In Expo Hall

  • 8am to 8:30am - Additional weigh-ins for High School wrestlers in Expo Hall.  Same place as competition area.
  • 8:30am - Sunday doors open for Session “F” wrestlers and spectators.
  • 10:00am - Session F:  Begin wrestling for Boys and Girls High School


  • All awards will be given at an award stand near the mats the wrestler has been competing on. Each award stand will be pre-assigned Divisions/Weights or Bracket numbers.  This can be found on the mat assignment pdf at the top of this page.  Be sure to be looking for which award stand you need to go to when your medal match is over.  It will be near one of the mats your wrestler has been competing on throughout the day. We are still placing top 8 in all divisions.


2024 Grade Divisions and Weight Classes 

*Only girls who reside in the state are able to participate in the girl’s division.

  • Girls 7th/8th - 73, 82, 89, (95), (101), (107), (113) (120), 126, 138, 150, 165, 185  (13 Weights)
  • Girls 5th/6th - 65, 73, 82, 89,  (95), (101), (107), (113) (120), 126, 138, 150, 165  (13 Weights)
  • Girls 3rd/4th - 52, 58, 65, 73, 82, 89,  (95), (101), (107), (113) (120), 126, 138 (13 Weights)
  • Girls 1st/2nd - 8 person madison block.  Submit actual weight.
  • Girls Pre-K - 8 person madison block. Submit actual weight.
  • Girls 9-12: 103, 108, 113, 118, 123, 128, 133, 138, 143, 148, 158, 173, 193 238 (NEUSAW reserves the right to combined weight classes if needed)

Boys Divisions

PreK-K Boys Submit actual weight (weight classes will be determined)

  • 1st-2nd: 40, 45, 50, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65, 70, 75, 85, 95, 105, 115, 140
  • 3rd-4th: 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 120, 140, 160
  • 5th-6th: 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 120, 130, 140, 160, 200, 250
  • 7th-8th: 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 102, 110, 117, 125, 132, 140, 150, 160, 175, 195, 220, 275
  • High School: 109, 116, 123, 129, 135, 141, 147, 153, 160, 168, 178, 193, 218, 288


Length Of Periods

Folkstyle Length of Periods for Grade Divisions

  • PreK-4th grade divisions are 60 second periods for all 3 periods on both the championship and consolation sides.
  • 5th-8th grade divisions are 1st period- 60 seconds, 2nd period- 90 seconds and 3rd period- 90 seconds on the championship side and 60 seconds per period on the consolation side.
  • All High School divisions will be 1st period - 2 mins, 2nd period - 2 mins, 3rd period - 2 mins on the championship side.  On the consolation side it will be 60 seconds, 90 seconds and 90 seconds.

Other Items Of Interest

National dual teams for Elementary, Middle School, Girls 1st-8th and High School are still in place this year. The Middle school will only be going to Heartland Nationals in Council Bluffs. The High School dual teams will be girls and boys, 2 of each.  We will be going to Heartland and Virginia Beach Nationals.

Satellite Weigh-In Locations // March 15th, 2024 // You can weigh in at ANY location, it does not have to be in your district.

District Location Address Contact Name Email Phone Hours
All Heartland Event Center Fred Franklin 402-380-1939 6-8 PM CST
1 (All) Sidney Foundry 1136 Jackson St Angie Swope 308-249-2573 1-3pm MST
1 (All) Gering High School 1500 U St. Mario Chavez 308-641-0676 3-5pm MST
2 (All) Kearney High School 2702 W 11th st Kearney Clint Smith 308-216-1227 4-6pm
2 (All) D and N Event Center 501 East Walker Road Tad Haneborg 308-520-5454 3:30-5:00pm
2 (All) Broken Bow High School 323 N 7th Ave Broken Bow, NE Jason Rynerson 308-440-7571 4-5:30 pm
3 (All) O' Neil High School 540 E. Hynes st O'Neil, NE Bryan Corkle 402-340-5812 4-6pm
3 (All) Valentine High School 431 N Green St Valentine, NE Joni Titus 402-322-0079 5-7pm
3 (All) Columbus High School 3434 Discoverer Dr Columbus, NE Brian Brownlow 402-910-8749 5-7pm
4 (All) York High School- Activites Enterance 1005 Duke Drive Chad Mattox 5-6pm CST
4 (All) Wilber Clatonia High School 900 South Franklin Rd James Bates 402-499-4897 4-6pm
5 (All) Wisner Fire Hall 1005 Ave D Andrew Schweers 402-380-2960 3-5pm
5 (All) Fremont High School 1750 N. Lincoln Ave Sean Edie 402-720-1508 5-7pm CST
6 (All) SDA High School Wrestling Room 1500 Education drive, Syracuse, NE 68446 Taylor Cooper 402-269-0811 2:00-3:30pm
6 (All) Hawks Training Center 3107 S 6th St STE 103 Lincoln, NE 68502 Tim Morfeld 402-304-8847 4:30-6:30pm
7&8 (All) Skutt Catholic High School 3131 S 156th St Omaha, NE 68130 Jason Johnson 402-617-0573 4-6pm
7&8 (All) Nebraska Boyz 8715 J st. Omaha, NE 68127 Frank Lovings 402-739-1987 3:00-5:00pm