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GTC Wrestling keeps its families informed through the following:

Remind App 
class name: @gtcwrestle
sign-up instructions can be found here

Season Timeline

  • October - online signups begin

  • November - practices begin

  • December - tournaments begin

  • January - OKWA Novice Championships

  • February - OKWA State Championships

  • March - celebration Awards banquet

Annual Membership Fee

  • $65 per wrestler ($45 for each additional sibling)

  • includes GTC Wrestling Tshirt

  • includes membership to Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association (OKWA), which is required to participate in OKWA-sanctioned tournaments

Practices

WHEN

  • Nov through mid-Feb

  • offered 3 times a week, Mon/Tues/Thurs

  • 6-7pm for Novice (beginners, 1st/2nd yr)

  • 6-8pm for Open (advanced, 2+yrs)

WHERE

  • Grove High School wrestling room, located inside fieldhouse (300 Ford Rd)

GEAR REQUIRED

  • Tshirt, shorts, wrestling shoes

  • GTC has used wrestling shoes available to borrow on first-come, first-serve basis, ask at first practice

RULES

  • ALL are expected to be RESPECTFUL of each other and the facilities, AT ALL TIMES.

  • Only wrestlers, coaches, and parents asked to help with practices are allowed in wrestling room unless otherwise stated. 

  • Parents may observe practices during first 2 weeks of season only, after that practices are considered CLOSED. 

  • No food/drinks are allowed in wrestling room, other than water bottles with closable lids. There is a water fountain available for use.

  • Parents/Guardians are expected to wait through the entirety of practice inside fieldhouse (green turf area), this is NOT a drop-off situation. Please pick up after yourselves - it is best to follow the adage: 'leave it better than you found it'

  • NO ONE IS ALLOWED ON ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT FOUND IN THE FIELDHOUSE. We are guests with the privilege of using the facilities for practice, and we don't want to lose this privilege. Damage is rarely intentional, please keep an eye on younger siblings.

Tournaments

Participation is NOT required, you choose which/how many to attend.

WHEN

  • Dec through mid-Feb

  • typically Sat, with potential for Sun

  • determined based on release of current season  OKWA tournament options

 

WHERE

  • regular season limited to NE region as assigned by OKWA

  • i.e. Vinita, Salina, Sallisaw, Tulsa, Skiatook, Locust Grove

  • championships rotate between Tulsa/OKC

 

COST

  • Typically $20 (plus $1 processing fee) per tournament

  • Due in full by Tues at midnight, for that week's tournament (unless otherwise noted)

  • Weekly Tournament Entry is online HERE

  • OKWA does not issue refunds for any reason, therefore GTC can not either

 

WEIGH-IN

  • ​post-Covid, there's been a shift to all mandatory on-site, day of weigh-ins

  • Any potential remote location options will be communicated week of tournament

  • Must be AT OR BELOW the weight wrestler signed up for, for that week's tournament, otherwise considered a scratch and will not be refunded

GEAR REQUIRED

  • Any wrestling singlet, wrestling shoes

  • "GTC Wrestling" singlets are available to check out for the season for $40 deposit

  • Singlets are to be returned upon completion of season for full refund, otherwise you owe GTC another $40 to keep singlet (total cost to keep $80)

  • Wreslter will not be allowed to participate in the next season until balances are paid in full

 

CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • end of season Championships alternate between Tulsa and OKC each year

  • Novice Championships do not require qualification, any 1st/2nd yr wrestler may attend (no GIRLS division)

  • GIRLS State Championships require participation at Regional tournament but does not limit based on Regional finish

  • Open State Championships require qualification at Regional tournament (typically top 8 in a bracket)

 

Hygiene & Illness

Wrestling is a very physical contact sport - they will sweat a lot, and on each other. Ringworm and skin rashes, while common, will spread quickly and can ruin a wrestler's season. If you suspect any skin conditions, have it looked at immediately so proper treatment can resolve it asap. Any existing skin conditions will eliminate a wrestler from the practice room until the condition has cleared and wrestler has been released by doctor. Tournament weigh-in process involves skin checks by the refs, and if found, is cause for a scratch from the tournament with no refund.

 

Please implement the following best practices to keep the possibility of skin ailments to a minimum:

  • shower immediately after practice/tournaments (and daily), and use an antibacterial soap such as Dial. Do not let them go to bed without a shower, no matter how tired they may be.

  • keep fingernails trimmed, no white showing

  • always wear clean clothes to practice, and do not wear them again until they've been properly washed

  • NEVER wear wrestling shoes outside, this helps avoid tracking debris/bacteria onto the mats. Wipe down bottom of wrestling shoe after tournaments (think bathroom).

Illness Policy

Do NOT come to practice sick! No one understands the value of dedication like a wrestler, but with such close quarters, illness spreads quickly. Please help us keep the group healthy and abide by standard illness guidelines outlined by the school. ​

What is Classification and Division, what does it mean?

According to OKWA Rules and Regulations Section 4.3, Classification is designed to regulate competition among wrestlers with similar abilities. This, in combination with age and weight Divisions, determines the wrestler's tournament participation.

 

NOVICE CLASS is temporary and only recognized as a starting point.

  • 1st or 2nd year wrestler

  • All 1st/2nd year wrestlers are eligible to participate in Novice Championships

OPEN CLASS is the ultimate goal of progress

  • Any wrestler listed on a club roster for 2 or more years (regardless of tournament participation)

  • Any wrestler who places 1st or 2nd in the OKWA Novice Championships

GIRLS CLASS is limited to girls

  • A girl wrestler is a person who was naturally physically born a girl and remains as such; and who has not done any type of treatment, prescriptions, or surgical operations to become more masculine/male/boy. 

AGE AND WEIGHT DIVISIONS as outlined by OKWA Rules and Regulations Section 4.10.

Age division is based on age as of September 1 of the current season

6U: 37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 60, 66, HWT

8U: 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 61, 64, 67, 70, 75, 83, 90, 105, HWT

10U: 52, 55, 58, 61, 64, 67, 70, 73, 76, 80, 85, 90, 100, 110, 120, 131, HWT

12U: 64, 67, 70, 73, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100, 105, 110, 120, 130, 140, 160, HWT

15U: 80, 86, 92, 98, 106, 112, 119, 126, 132, 140, 155, 170, 195, HWT (max 285)

 

GIRLS 6U: 37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 60, 66, HWT

GIRLS 8U: 43, 47, 51, 54, 58, 62, 67, 75, 83, HWT
GIRLS 10U: 52, 57, 62, 67, 70, 74, 78, 82, 88, 95, 105, 115, HWT
GIRLS 12U: 64, 70, 75, 80, 85, 91, 98, 105, 115, 125, 135, 150, HWT
GIRLS 15U: 73, 82, 89, 97, 102, 110, 117, 126, 138, 145, 155, 165, 180, HWT

Things to note: 

A lot of regular season tournaments (including GTC’s) do not offer a NOVICE 6U entry, as most at this age are beginners anyway. In this case, they simply wrestle as ‘OPEN 6U’.

 

Boys are not allowed entry to GIRLS classification. However, Girls are allowed entry to NOVICE/OPEN classification, but typically tournaments (including GTC's) require the Girls to enter GIRLS classification along with the NOVICE/OPEN choice, to ensure all Girls quality mat time.

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