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Prep weight classes change for 2011-12
The biggest change in weight classes in high school wrestling in 23 years happened this season.
Of the 14 boys classes, 10 have changed.
This season, the weight classes will be as follows: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.
The girls weight classes remain the same until Jan. 1, when the 275 class changes to 265. In the 2012-13 season, 265 will drop to 235. The 195 class will drop to 190.
The change comes after a meeting in April when the National Federation of State High School Associations Wrestling Rules Committee approved an upward shift in weight classes for boys. The last weight class change was made in 1988, when the 98-pound class rose to 103.
“The change in weight classes resulted from a three-to-four year process utilizing data from the National Wrestling Coaches Association Optimal Performance Calculator,” Dale Pleimann said. He is chairman of the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee and former assistant executive director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association.
“The rules committee was able to analyze data from almost 200,000 wrestlers across the country, with the goal to create weight classes that have approximately seven percent of the wrestlers in each weight class.”
The Figure 4 wrestling hold around the head has also been ruled an illegal hold. The hold was illegal around the body or both legs prior to the change.
The boundary line on a wrestling mat is now also considered inbounds.