Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements to enter the league?

A: In order to be a team/club in the BWA you must do the following:

  1. Submit written request to a Sectional Director and submitted at the either the Spring or Fall annual meetings

  2. Become a club chartered team of USA Wrestling (current membership is $95/year)

  3. All participating athletes must have a USA Wrestling card (current membership is $15/year)

  4. All participating coaches must have a USA Wrestling card (current membership is $65/year)

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the post season tournaments?

A: Tournament eligibility is as follows:

  1. Each wrestler must weigh in and compete at their Sectional weight (or lower) at least three (3) times during the regular season to compete in the Sectional tournament.  

  2. Each wrestler must have made scratch weight at his entered weight class (or lower) at least one (1) time and will not receive growth allowance until done so. 

  3. On December 25th each wrestler will be allowed a 1 lb growth allowance.   (56 is 57, etc)  

  4. At Sectional Tournament each wrestler each wrestler will be allowed a 1 lb growth allowance. (56 is 58, etc)  

  5. At District and BWA Championship Tournament weights are the same as sectionals. (56 is 58, etc). 

Q: What is required of coaches in the BWA?

A: Coaches eligibility is as follows:

  1. All coaches must have an active USA Wrestling Coaches Card. 

    1. Cards must be made available upon request. 

  2. All teams must have at least one person with a certified CPR card.  

  3. All coaches must have passed State Required Concussion training. 

  4. All coaches must complete the requirements of the Ohio law titled the Lindsay law. 

Q: What rule modifications does the BWA have?

A: BWA adheres to NFHS & OHSAA Rules with the following modifications:

  1. Headgear is mandatory, Modifications such as crossed straps and tape are permitted.    

  2. Uniforms are optional. -- No loose clothing.  If a team uniform is supplied, it must be worn    

  3. Wrestling shoes are optional but the wrestler must at least have gym shoes without metal eyelets.    

  4. Varsity matches (or as designated) periods will be 1:30-1:30-1:30. For other matches, all time periods are 1-1 minutes.  

  5. Middle school Federation rules apply for overtime  

  6. A tech fall will be a 12-point differential.  

  7. Weight Classes:     49, 52, 56, 60, 64, 67, 70, 73, 76, 79, 82, 86, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 120, 132, 150, 175. (21 weight classes) 

  8. No varsity wrestler may participate under 44 pounds.     

  9. A wrestler will be permitted to wrestle “up” two (2) weight classes from which they weigh-in at. 

  10. Wrestlers will be given 15 minutes recovery time between matches. 

  11. there will be no limit to the number of matches a wrestler can wrestle on one day