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WESTFIELD â€” Defending champs Perry Meridian, Yorktown and Adams Central are also the No. 1 seeds at Saturdayâ€™s IHSWCA Team State Dual Meet Tournaments.
Westfield High School, located off U.S. 31, north of Indianapolis, is host for the second annual state meeting, which brings together 24 of Indianaâ€™s best high school squads for a day-long wrestling carnival.
Teams are divided into classes, based on school enrollment.
Perry Meridian, defending IHSAA state champion, has been ranked No. 1 all season in the coachesâ€™ Top 20 poll. The Falcons compete in Class AAA and face Bloomington South in Saturdayâ€™s opening round at 10 a.m. (EST)
Longtime powerhouse Evansville Mater Dei is No. 2 seed in the Class AAA tournament and faces East Noble in the opener.
In Class AA, Yorktown â€“ tied for seventh in the most recent coachesâ€™ Top 20 poll â€“ takes on Lebanon in the first match of the day.
No. 2 seed Leo, a Fort Wayne-area school, goes up against Danville.
Class A is loaded with teams who are well-familiar with each other, as four come from the northeast corner of the state. The Flying Jets of No. 1 seed Adams Central will battle Clinton Central in the 10 a.m. start.
No. 2 seed Fremont meets South Putnam.
Wrestling will continue through three rounds with the championship slated to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA) started its Team State Duals two years ago, after the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) stopped using dual meets to determine a state wrestling champ.
The IHSAA now uses an individual tournament to select its champ.
Coaches didnâ€™t want to give up on the dual meet format, so they started their own mid-season state tourney. Teams were selected using a computer program that weighed several factors.