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FAQs for Fans - Individual Wrestling

Q.
When will tournament pairings be announced and how can I obtain them?
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Tournament pairings will be available on Sunday, March 5, no later than 12:00 noon. They can be accessed through the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s web page at www.ohsaa.org.
 
 
Q.
What if I notice that one of my wrestler's names in the tournament pairings is misspelled or his record is incorrect?
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Send an e-mail to the attention of Tim Stried, Director of Information Services, immediately.  He may be reached at tstried@ohsaa.org.
 
 
Q.
Where are the State Tournaments held and how do I get there?
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The OHSAA State Wrestling Tournaments are contested on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus at the Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center (corner of Lane Avenue and Olentangy River Road). This year's tournaments will be March 9-11, 2017. Directions to the Schottenstein Center are available on the web page for the arena at: www.schottensteincenter.com.
 
 
Q.
What are the times for the five sessions when the three divisions will be wrestled?
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TBD
 
 
Q.
How do I purchase tickets for the tournaments?
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Single session tickets will be sold at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office beginning Monday, February 27. The cost is $15 per ticket. Participants in the tournament will receive one book of tickets, which the wrestler must use for entry into the Schottenstein Center. All-session booklets are available for $75 each for Entry and Club Levels & $55 each for Terrace Level plus applicable service charges. Orders for ticket books go on sale at 10:00 a.m., Jan. 16, 2017. Tickets are available through the OSU Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. Note: Tickets purchased at the Schottenstein Center Ticket Office are not charged service fees.
 
 
Q.
Where can I park once I'm at the Schottenstein Center?
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Instructions for complimentary coaches parking will be in the coaches packet. You will receive one parking pass if you have 1-4 wrestlers participating in the tournament; 2 parking passes if you have 5-8 wrestlers, 3 passes if you have 9-12 wrestlers participating and 4 passes if you have 13-14 wrestlers. Park in the northwest lot/gray lot and enter through the Southwest Rotunda to pick up packets.
 
 
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Am I permmitted to leave the arena and re-enter during the same session?
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No, there are no pass outs allowed for spectators.
   
Q. Once I am in the arena, how do I know who is wrestling and when the matches take place?
A. The souvenir OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament Program, which sells for $5.00, will provide a complete listing for each session along with a bracket showing each wrestler in his proper weight class and division. The program also lists coaches, past two-, three- and four-time state champions and other interesting information. Results of matches from the previous session will be on sale during sessions two, three, four and five for $2 per division. Look for the sellers — they will be wearing bright red OHSAA aprons.
   
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How do I know at approximately what time the wrestler I am following will be competing?
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A matchboard will be used to schedule all matches. The computerized matchboards are suspended from the Value City Arena ceiling. In addition, TV monitors, located in the concourse hallways and the Auxiliary Gymnasium, can be viewed by wrestlers, coaches and spectators.
 
Every match has been assigned a match number, and all match numbers are found in the state tournaments program. Once you have found the match you are interested in the program, match numbers will appear on the matchboard in the order in which they will be wrestled. The scoreboard will list 10 consecutive mats. The matchboard will indicate the following: WR-wrestling; OD-on deck (wrestlers positioned behind the respective mat); BP-bullpen (wrestlers report to the east end of the arena), and WU-warm-up (wrestlers should report to the bullpen in approximately 10 minutes). No matches, other than those marked TBA (to be assigned), will be announced over the public address system.
   
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Am I permitted to videotape or take photos of a wrestler?
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Yes, spectators are permitted to videotape from their assigned seat (no flash photography) Fans are asked not to interfere with the view of other spectators. Media personnel only are permitted on the arena floor.
   
Q. Am I permitted to videotape or take photos of the awards ceremony on the floor should the wrestler I am following place in the top eight?
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Fans are not permitted on the arena floor to take photos of the official awards ceremony. However, spectators may videotape or take photos of the eight place winners on an awards stand in the Auxiliary Gymnasium.
   
Q. How will someone not attending the tournaments be able to obtain results of the matches?
A. As soon as possible after each session has concluded, results for each session will be posted  on the OHSAA web site.
   
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What hotels might I call for overnight accommodations?
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A list of hotels around the campus of The Ohio State University, along with some other areas of Columbus, is available on the Fan Guide OHSAA web page.
 
 
Q. Are food and beverages available in the arena or restaurants nearby?
A. Yes, both in the arena and at area restaurants, some of which are within walking distance of the arena. Click here for area restaurants. However, it is prohibited to bring outside food and drink into the arena.