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Schedule of Events
Map of All 11 Events
2023 Fall Series Qualifying
Qualifying for the Tristate Championships on November 4th
The qualifying process is simple. Attend 4 of the 10 qualifiers, and you're eligible to register for the Finale in Tallahassee, FL on November 4th.
The awards throughout the series and at the finale are all custom made, and worth fighting for. Check them all out below.
Please note that we will cross reference all Finale registrants and remove those not qualified.
2023 Fall Series Awards
Custom Medals at Each of the 10 Series Qualifiers
We spared no expense in making sure all medalists have something cool to hang on the wall. Each qualifier features a 2.5 inch medal, shown here. Custom neck ribbons matching each host's team colors will accompany the hardware!
Win 4 Gold Medals, compete for the Brutal Brawler Belt at the Finale (details below).
Become a Traveling Toughguy or Toughgirl
Attend 6 qualifiers AND the finale to get your hands on a Traveling Toughguy or Toughgirl Award!
In wrestling, mat time equals growth. We recognize that kids get better at wrestling simply by towing the line. Rewarding that is how we grow the sport.
The Brutal Brawler Belt
Do you have what it takes to bring home the Brutal Brawler Belt and walk away the Ultimate Series Champion?
Reserved for the best of the best, the belts go home with wrestlers who win Gold at 4 Series Qualifiers AND win the Tristate Championship in November.
Many have tried, few have succeeded. Who's next?
Tristate Champions Get Custom Singlets!
We don't wrestle for the awards, but they don't hurt. Forget medals! If the title of Baddest in the Tristate isn't enough, how about a custom singlet to let all your opponents know you were the Series Champ?!
55 boys and 37 girls will walk away with a singlet from the Final Event in Tallahassee.
Top Hammer Award
Who are the best pinners? The 10 wrestlers (5 boys, 5 girls) with the most pins at the finale take home the Top Hammer Award.
Custom series kneepads let everyone know that you don't even need those things to deck em.' Let's find out who's got the best arsenal in the most important position!
Tristate Runner Ups Get a Custom Flex Hat
You battled hard, now proudly wear proof of it in your day to day life. These hats are lightweight and feature a custom Series Runner Up Patch on the front!
Runner up isn't what you wanted, but this sick hat is way better than a medal!
Tristate Bronze Medalists Get Custom Shorts!
That was a tough semifinal loss, but you won your first one on the backside to avoid the dreaded Semi-Slide.
Keep the momentum rolling and bring your A game for the 3rd place match, because the winner walks away with a pair of Series Bronze Medalist Shorts for their efforts!
Team Trophies at Every Event for the Top 3
It's not a competition until team races are on the line. Each event will see 3 coaches taking home bragging rights and a slick customized wood burnt trophy. Custom made for each event. Which team will collect the most & get bragging rights as the best club in the Tristate?
Age and Weight Classes
Series Standards: Organized & Professional
Minimum 4 Mats Per Event
Expecting up to 400 kids per event, we're requiring all hosts have a minimum of 4 full sized mats to allow the tournament to flow quickly & give the wrestlers plenty of room to show off their skillsets. While 4 is the minimum, some locations will have 5 or 6 mats available.
Backdrop for Pics
Whenever your bracket is complete, you'll receive a text message with your placement and an exact time to report to the podium to grab a shot of your wrestler & their adverseries. This happens shortly after bracket ending, and ensures there isn't a line or a huge crowd.
Events should look professional and put together well. For every event, we've got table dressings with mat number and series graphics to give the series an added flair of organization. It makes things easier for the parents and gives a nice appeal to the series.
As this series is a fundraiser to help grow wrestling in our region, you'll find that most personnel are volunteers.
Nevertheless, they should be easy to identify to help answer questions, or point you in the right direction. Now they are.
Referees Look Alike
As you've noticed in the Tristate areas, there are a lot of events that don't use state-certified officials for youth events. We require at least 2 state certified officials per event, and permit the remainder to be HS State Placers or current college wrestlers. We've got custom referee swag to ensure that all referees look official and aren't showing up in street clothes.
All of the volunteers are required to go through training in advance of their location's event. Anyone working a score table, weigh-in, awards area, or any other job at the event will be well versed on their roles and responsibilities, potential issue/solutions, and more. The series director will be present for nearly all events to ensure smoothness.
Most Efficient Software
Rapid Brackets puts hosting and attending on autopilot. You'll know your weigh-in, start, and end time in advance. Brackets take 2-3 hours from arrival to departure, and it's very simple for hosts to stay on track. And, you'll get real time text messages keeping you updated on your wrestler every step of the way.
Communication is Key
Every location's director has standard operating procedures to follow, a detailed gameplan, software training, answers for any question that could arise, standardized awards ordered and delivered to their event. We're over communicators when it comes to getting it right, and we've got a backup plan to our backup plans.
About Rapid Brackets Wrestling Software
In Northwest Florida, we've been spoiled by the WAR Zone and Rapid Brackets Softwares. If you haven't had the pleasure as a parent, coach, or athlete, check out the short video below for an overview. Our series director had the distinct honor of being the first event in the country to use Rapid Brackets, and we've been telling everyone who will listen about the magic since that day.
Register for an event, get a text message letting you know when to show up, when your first match will be, and exactly when you'll be leaving. 2-3 hours from arrival to on the road. It's seriously as easy as checking your phone before and during the event. Bracket updates, mat assignments, final placement, and more are texted to you in real time. Coaches and fans can follow their teams to know when kids are up and where. You'll be amazed at the level of efficiency.
Easy for Hosts
This company takes the guesswork out of all of it. No longer are directors left guessing. The system automates everything from staggering weigh-ins and bracket starts automatically to sending matches to mats when they're supposed to happen to letting participants know what they've placed and exactly what time to come take their podium pictures. They've thought of everything to make life easy for directors.
Simple for Volunteers
Volunteers are input into the software with phone numbers. Leading to their event, they receive text messages with easy to understand training videos. Their jobs are made extremely simple. Table workers log in, select their mat, score a match, and hit submit. Weigh-in workers have a schedule of who weighs in and when, and types in a weight, and submits. It's all designed so that it's nearly impossible to mess up.
Extra Exhibition Matches!
This is a new feature and so exciting. At the conclusion of your bracket, you'll get a text asking if you'd like to wrestle exhibitions with a link on how to do so. Put your child's name in the pool, and the software automatically pairs them with another kid of similar age/weight/skill. When a mat has an opening between brackets, you'll both get a text. Unlimited exhibitions for extra mat time for zero extra dollars.
Registraton & Pricing
Registration & Pricing
Each of the 10 qualifiers runs on a Tiered Registration System. We do this to ensure that numbers for each event begin to fill early and incentivize other parents to travel far and wide for the events, knowing their son or daughter will have kids to wrestle. It's in everyone's best interest (and your financial interest) if you take the time to register for your events in advance. Please, and thank you. We don't want to charge a dime over $25 per qualifying event, truly. You can EASILY register for every one of your events below.
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Register for the Finale on November 4th
November 4th at FSUS High School
3000 Schoolhouse Road, Tallahassee, FL
Pricing for Championships: $40 Flat, No Late Registration. Closes 24 Hours in Advance. No Exceptions!
Please note that there is a qualifying process to register for this event. All registrants must have participated in at least 4 of the 10 qualifying events.
Registration Closes November 2nd at midnight. There are NO exceptions. On November 3rd, we'll go through every registrant to ensure they've qualified. Those who haven't will be removed from the tournament and refunded their registration fee.
You're welcome to register early if you plan to attend 4 qualifying events.
August 26th: Qualifier #1, Lincoln HS, FL
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Team Champions: Grappling House 161 points
Team Runner Ups: Titletown Wrestling 80 points
Team 3rd Place: Spartan Wrestling Club 79.5 points
September 2nd: Qualifier #2, North Bay Haven HS, FL
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Team Champions: Grappling House Wrestling Club, 264 Points
Team Runner Ups: Niceville Wrestling Academy, 187 Points
Team 3rd Place: Gulf Coast Grappling Academy, 163.5 Points
September 16th: Qualifier #3, Thomasville, GA
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Team Champions: Grappling House Wrestling Club 449.5 Points
Team Runner Ups: Titletown Wrestling Academy 220.5 Points
Team 3rd Place: Spartan Wrestling Club 93.5 Points
Brutal Brawler Belt Watch
Results as of 9/19/2023, after Event #3 in Thomasville, Georgia
August 26th: Qualifier #1, Lincoln HS, FL
The Story of the Tristate Toughguy & Toughgirl
Coach Jason with his 4 children; Ivory (18), Osiris (5), Zephyr (3), and Auraleigh (1)
Hear directly from the Series Director Jason Weslager. He discusses the youth wrestling culture in North Florida and how this series will directly impact the continued growth of the region. He also touches on his background in running events, what you can expect from him and the tournament hosts from an organizational and professional standpoint, and 4 goals he has for this series.
Contact the Series
Please email questions, comments, or concerns first. I'm pretty responsive. If you need a real time response, text or call the number below.
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