By Brad Spencer
For the first time since 1988, weight classes for Illinois high school wrestlers will change next season.
The National Federation of State High School Associations Wrestling Rules Committee has decided to up the weight classes for grapplers, beginning with the 103-pound class moving to 106 pounds, along with 10 of the 14 classes also making a change.
The 14 weight classes approved by the committee to take effect next season are as follows: 106 (pounds), 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.
"Throughout the process, each state association was kept completely informed and was provided multiple opportunities for input," said Dale Pleimann, chair of the Wrestling Rules Committee and former assistant executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association. "The results of the last survey of each state association indicated that the majority of states favored a change, and the committee listened and acted accordingly."
Other changes the committee made included discontinuing a hold and making the boundary line itself inbounds. The Figure 4 hold around the head is now considered an illegal move, joining the Figure 4 around the body. Previously a wrestler was considered out of bounds after touching the two-inch wide line around the wrestling area. The line is now inbounds.