Category Archives: Wrestling

CIAC Creating Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament

CHESHIRE, Conn. – For the first time the CIAC will host a Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament in conjunction with the CIAC Wrestling State Open February 28-29 at the Floyd Little Center in New Haven. This marks the first CIAC organized event solely for female wrestlers.

The Invitational will crown winners in 10 weight classes, and the first, third, and fifth-place matches will coincide with the same matches in the State Open competition. The Invitational seeding and brackets will be released either Monday February 24 or Tuesday February 25.

“Over the past 99 years the CIAC has been committed to providing student-athletes with exceptional education-based experiences,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “The inaugural CIAC Girls Wrestling Invitational Tournament exemplifies the CIAC’s innovative approach toward empowering student-athletes through school-based sports. We have every belief this will be a great showcase for talented student-athletes who are certainly deserving of this spotlight.”

Per CIAC by-laws, girls are permitted to compete on boys wrestling teams, and the number of girls competing in high school wrestling in Connecticut has grown from 70 in 2015-16 to 131 in 2018-19. Female competitors will be able to represent their team in the state divisional tournaments. There will be no qualifying standards for the Girls Invitational.

“There was tremendous enthusiasm to create this Invitational with the members of the CIAC Wrestling Committee, and there is great hope this will create even more excitement and growth for girls wrestling in the state,” said Bob Lehr, CIAC Executive Staff member and Wrestling Committee liaison.

Since 1994 the number of girl high school wrestlers nationally has risen from 804 to 16,562 based on data provided by the NFHS and thirteen states currently hold a state wrestling championship for girls. The growth of the sport in Connecticut has not risen to reach the threshold at which it can be sanctioned as an official CIAC Championship sport, but the Invitational will join several other CIAC organized events designed to provide a championship-level experience.

Schedule Changes For New England Championships

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the forecast of inclement weather, there have been changes to the schedules for the New England Wrestling and Indoor Track & Field Championships. Competition on Saturday at the New England Wrestling Championships will now begin at 10 a.m. and the schedule will also eliminate all breaks in the competition whenContinue Reading

2018-19 Winter Sports Schedules Posted

2018-19 Winter Sports Schedules Posted

Schedules for 2018-19 winter sports have been posted on the CIACsports.com site. To view a schedule for any school or specific team, or a statewide master varsity schedule for a sport, visit the main schedule and results page of the site.

Linked Up – Winter Championships 2018

Just like that, it’s over. Thirty-seven stories and a month or so after it started, the 2018 winter championship season has come to a close. From track to basketball, gymnastics to hockey all the championship stories are right here in one place. Relive another wonderful championship season. Kudos to all the athletes who took partContinue Reading

CIAC Wrestling Championship Schedule Changes

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the threat of inclement weather beginning this evening the schedules for the CIAC Wrestling Divisional Championships have been altered in an effort to conclude the meets at an earlier time. In the Class LL meet at Trumbull High School the finals will begin at approximately 4 p.m. The finals forContinue Reading

Linked Up – Winter Championships 2017

Linked Up – Winter Championships 2017

After more than a month and a half, way too much snow, and a lot of great competition the 2017 CIAC winter championship season has concluded. This championship edition of Linked Up features 36 stories of state title winners, and hopefully many more memories those student-athletes will never forget. Thanks for reading along and for allContinue Reading

Winter Sports Tournament Packets Posted

Winter Sports Tournament Packets Posted

Tournament packets for boys and girls basketball, boys ice hockey, girls gymnastics, outdoor track, boys swimming and wrestling have all been posted and are available for download. Tournament divisions for these sports for the upcoming season can be found on each sport’s mainpage. Basketball (Boys) Basketball (Girls) Gymnastics Ice Hockey Indoor Track Swimming (Boys) Wrestling

Schedule Set For 2016-17 Winter Rules Interpretation Meetings

Below is the schedule for the 2016-17 winter rules interpretations meetings provided to CIAC by officials’ organizations and leagues. CIAC rules and regulations require head coaches or their designee to represent your school at these important meetings. Other coaches are encouraged to attend. If your coach cannot make the meeting in your area, I amContinue Reading

Wrestling Committee Meeting Minutes 9/21/15

WRESTLING COMMITTEE MINUTES September 21, 2015 Present:  Dave Nowakowski, Steve Merlino, Brian Manzi, Pat Risley, Ernest Goodwin, David Green, Bob Swan, Roy Wentworth, Ricky Shook, Ross Sward. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Steve Merlino at 3:30 p.m. The 2015 tournament was reviewed.  There was discussion on the cost at Haddam-Killingworth as wellContinue Reading

Linked Up Winter Championships – 2015

Nearly one month exactly. That’s how long it took to crown 35 CIAC team winter champions across eight sports. The first Indoor Track & Field Class title was decided on February 23rd, and after a riveting weekend of competition at Mohegan Sun and Yale, the championships have concluded. Battling snow, cold, and mostly the competition,Continue Reading