RENO -- For the first time in its illustrious history, the Reno Tournament of Champions is adding a youth division to its tournament, which will feature elementary and middle school divisions. The youth tournament will take place on December 14, followed by two-days of high school competition and the conclusion of the tournament will be on December 17 with college and open wrestling.
"We are extremely excited to add the youth tournament this year, " Jack Dolan, President of the Reno Tournament of Champions said. "This will only add to the value in which we work to bring to the coaches, athletes and fans every year.
The elementary division will consist of athletes up to 5th grade, while the middle school division will feature 6th-8th graders.
For this first year of competition, the youth tournament will have a maximum capacity of 700 athletes. The cost to enter the tournament is $40 and all registrations are through FloWrestling (arena.flowrestling.org) and no onsite registration.
Weight classes for each division are as follows:
Elementary School (5th grade and under) - 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 87, 95, 103, 112, 120 and 140
Middle School (6th grade - 8th grade) - 70, 77, 84, 91, 98, 105, 112, 120, 128, 136, 144, 152, 160, 175, 190, 210 and 265
As the tournament has done in years past, all matches can be seen live on FloWrestling. This includes the youth, high school and college tournaments.
"Since its inception, FloWrestling has been a huge partner for us," Dolan said. "When Flo came to us about some live streaming, we were all in as we knew we had wrestlers from all over the U.S. competing in our tournament. By partnering with Flo, we can offer fans and parents from Coast to Coast the ability to watch our tournament."
The Reno Tournament of Champions enters its 23rd year of competition and will take place at the Reno Events Center. The RTOC has also partnered with the host hotels of the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus to offer the lowest rates in tournament history. All information regarding hotels is on the RTOC website (www.rtoc.org).