Published Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm / Updated at 7:48 pm
WRESTLING
Council Bluffs to host wrestling tourney

The countdown is on for the Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic. And the uniquely formatted tournament is still welcoming new guests.

The two-day event, which is set to run at the Mid-America Center on Dec. 13 and 14, began to take shape a few weeks ago. Seventeen high schools have already verbally pledged to take part in what will be a 32-team regional competition.

Former C.B. Lewis Central coach Trevor Carritt hatched the idea years ago. Now two seasons removed from his old position, he's taking the lead on recruiting participants as well as corporate sponsors.

“I'd like to see everyone jump in and be a part of this,” Carritt said. “I think it's going to be great for the area, the economy, the sport – everything.”

Commitments have already come from teams in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Kansas, with others interested from as far as Kentucky and Louisiana.

A number of features will be unique to the C.B. tournament. Among them:

The format. Friday's action will break down into four-person pools, with each wrestler competing three times. The top two from each advance to Saturday's traditional 16-person gold bracket, while the bottom pair move to the silver bracket.

The setup guarantees each wrestler at least five matches for the weekend while establishing relatively even fields Saturday.

Scholarships. Winners at each gold-bracket weight will earn at least $100 to be awarded for college tuition. In future years, the goal is to increase the sum to upwards of $500.

Some Iowa and Nebraska teams are waiting to see what kind of response the new event gets before jumping in, Carritt said, while others are still working on their schedules. He has an advertisement on The Predicament, a website dedicated to Iowa wrestling, in an effort to spread the word.

“It's been a lot of work,” Carritt said. “But the Mid-America Center liked my idea and the (athletic directors) in Council Bluffs really liked it. So we're into this.”

The event is aiming to be held annually on the second weekend in December. Scores will be broadcast live on trackwrestling.com.

Top eight finishers at each weight would earn awards, as would the top six teams according to total points.

TEAM TRACKER »
GAME OF THE WEEK »
Each week during the high school sports season, NEPrepZone.com highlights a matchup in the ongoing "Hiland Dairy Game of the Week" series. Previous matchups »

Refuel with Hiland »


SEARCH
ON TWITTER »
LIVE CHAT
< >
SPOTLIGHT »
2013 All-Nebraska football, volleyball teams
View The World-Herald's selections to the 2013 All-Nebraska football and volleyball teams.
2013 Super Six football team
Meet The World-Herald's 2013 Super Six team, honoring the area's top college football prospects.
All-Nebraska basketball teams 'shake' it up
Being known more for their ability to shake off a defender than for their dance moves didn't stop our 2013 All-Nebraska basketball selections from busting a few "Harlem Shake"-inspired moves.
Facebook: Nebraska Prep Zone Page
The Nebraska Prep Zone Facebook page is your home on the social web to get the latest Nebraska prep sports news, photos, updates and more from around the Midlands.
Map: Nebraska Stadiums
Need help finding a stadium in the state of Nebraska? We've got you covered with this interactive map of high school and college facilities from across the state.
Nebraska high school all-time swimming leaders
See a complete list of the all-time leaders from Nebraska high school swimming and diving competition.
Nebraska high school all-time track charts
See a complete list of the all-time leaders from Nebraska high school track and field competition.
The disappearance of small-town football
Friday night lights across rural Nebraska are going dark. But one town, in its last season of gridiron independence, proved that school spirit is stronger than ever.
Western Iowa high school all-time track charts
See a complete list of the all-time leaders from Western Iowa high school track and field competition.