The 59th Annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament opens Thursday evening and runs through Saturday night.
In that span, some 900 matches will be reeled off before the 285 pound final is slated to hit the mat.
The tournament, which is named for long-time director Ron Mauck, will not only feature wrestlers from 40 high schools, but it will also feature several special presentations and awards throughout the weekend.
OAK GLEN’S Tyler Brown will be a wrestler to watch in this week’s Ron Mauck OVAC?Wrestling Tournament. Brown placed last season in the tournament.
More than 500 wrestlers will take part in the tournament. The brackets came together Sunday during the day-long seeding meeting. The coaches and meet officials then met with the media Monday evening at WesBanco Arena.
Action gets under way Thursday with the annual Olympic-style procession where each team will parade onto the arena floor. The defending champion Parkersburg South Patriots will be the final team to enter the arena.
Wrestling will get under way at 6:30 p.m. The opening night will feature all first-round matches, but nary a consolation match.
The wrestlers will return to the arena Friday morning and the session begins at noon with the second-round championship matches and then first round consolation matches.
The Friday evening session will begin at 6 p.m. with the championship quarterfinals and additional consolation rounds.
Saturday's action starts at noon again with the championship semifinals and remaining rounds of consolation action.
After a short break, the stage will be set for finals during the evening.
Prior to the start of the finals, past champions will be recognized as well as the presentation of the annual Mr. Mat Award, which is given to an individual who does exemplary work for the sport of wrestling.
Four mats will be used during the finals with all place matches going on concurrently.
The champions of the 1987 tournament will be recognized.
Tickets for the event will be available daily or can be purchased for the entire weekend.
The cost of tickets for the tournament is $6 per session for adults and $4 for students.
Advance ticket books for all sessions can be purchased for $25 for adults and $15 for students. Championship finals tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.