PIAA Wrestling may go to 13 weights
On Tuesday, April 28, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) released its rule changes for the upcoming 2020-21 scholastic wrestling season. The biggest changes were about weigh-in procedures and hair length. For the complete list of changes: 2020-21 High School Wrestling Rules Changes Address Weigh-In Procedures, Hair Length Restrictions (NFHS)
The PIAA Wrestling Steering Committee also voted on a plan that would move high school wrestling in the state to 13 weight classes. This plan will be recommended to the PIAA Board of Directors at their next meeting on May 20, 2020 for review. If the PIAA board approves the changes, they would go into effect for the 2020-21 season. The proposed 13 weight classes are: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 172, 189, 215, 285
As you can see the plan would not make any changes in the first 9 weights (up to 160) as well as leave “heavyweight” at 285 pounds. An upper weight would be eliminated with this plan. More info will be posted on this proposal and anything else the steering committee is recommending as it becomes available.