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2019 Groundhog NOVICE Wrestling Tournament


Sunday - January 27, 2019


Countdown to the Novice Tourn


NOTE: Please read all information carefully before registering. The online registration link is now available at the bottom of this page.


Punxsutawney Area Sr. High School
500 N. Findley St.
Punxsutawney, PA  15767


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Age Divisions & Weight Classes:

6 & Under, 7 & 8, 9 & 10, and 11 & 12:    A modified "Madison Style" weight system will be used. When registering, please mark age and weight. All wrestlers must still weigh-in, and then will be bracketed in groups of 5-6 (depending on numbers) according to actual weight. Maximum age is 12 years old as of 12/31/2018.  (NO rostered  Jr. High Wrestlers Please.)


Sunday - January 27, 2019 7:00 - 8:30 AM
Punxsutawney Area Sr. High School
NOTE:  Wrestlers also competing in Saturday’s Tournament DO NOT have to weigh again Sunday, but MUST REPORT to the Weigh-in Area by 8:30 AM Sunday or BE SCRATCHED!

Rules & Regulations:

PIAA Modified Rules, Double Elimination, Head Gear Optional, Age as of 12/31/18, Age Challenges Permitted, (Copy of Birth Certificate Required to Challenge - DO NOT MAIL!)  Weight Classes to be determined by Madison system, (only one weight class & age division allowed per wrestler),  Referee’s and/or Tournament Director’s Decisions are Final!

Skin Check:

Skin checks may be performed. If any wrestler is found to have a suspicious rash or skin condition they will not be permitted to wrestle. (Refunds at our discretion)

Novice Definition:

Most 1st or 2nd year wrestlers will be considered to be a “novice.” Coaches (or parents) must verify a wrestler to be a novice. We ask everyone to be fair and considerate when making this determination. (1st or 2nd year wrestlers consistently placing in "open" tournaments should refrain.)

Bout Lengths:

All divisions 1-1-1,  One 1-Minute Sudden Death Overtime Period, Double Overtime will be a 30-Second Ride Out

Awards 1st - 3rd Place:

1st Place: Long Sleeve T-shirt
2nd Place: T-shirt
3rd Place: Medal
Medals for ALL Non-placing Participants
(No Team Awards)


$5.00 Adults / $2.00 Students / Under 6 is Free

Entry Fees: (Please Read Carefully)

$27.00 Mail-in Entry Fee: Must be received by Wednesday - January 23, 2019. Make checks payable to “Mat Hog Wrestling Club”

$22.00 Online Entry Fee: Save $5.00 by registering online. Payment by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover accepted online only. (DO NOT mail if registering online) 

$32.00 Late Entry Fee (after 1/23/19): Late entries will be accepted ONLINE ONLY with payment by credit card up to 8:00 pm Thursday - January 24, 2019.


Contact Information:

Mark Miller
(814) 590-3827  (If No Answer - Leave a Message)

Mail Applications To:

Mark Miller
546 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Punxsutawney, PA  15767

Other Notes:

Wrestling to begin approximately one hour after close of weigh-ins. This is a NON-SEEDED tournament. (Pairings will be by random drawing only.) The cafeteria will be open all day. Absolutely no food or drinks in gym. The Punxsutawney Area School District is Tobacco Free, Buildings and Grounds Both.

Last Minute Cancellations:

If you are not able to make it to the tournament at the last minute, please call Mark Miller at (814) 590-3827 by 8:00 am as a courtesy to let us know. Since this is a pre-registered tournament, this will help us to start wrestling sooner.  SORRY - NO REFUNDS!

Online Registration Now Open! No Walk-ins or Phone-ins Please - Thank You!

Click Here to Register Online Now

Go to the Novice Tournament Registration Page.

Wrestler List

CLICK HERE to access to the registered wrestler list.

NOTE: You will be re-directed to the page. Once there, click on the "View Wrestler List" button. (It may be necessary to enable pop-ups.)

Click Here to go to the "Open" Tournament Page!

Make sure you have the correct tournament. Wrestlers with more than 2 years experience must wrestle in the Open tournament only. (Novice wrestlers can do both.) Use the above link to go to the Open Tournament page.

Registration Tips/Etiquette

When registering online, please keep the following tips in mind.

  1. Capitalization: Please only capitalize the first letter of first and last names, as well as proper nouns. (John Doe, Anytown, PA, Anyschool, etc.) Please DO NOT use ALL caps or small letters.
  2. School or Club: Please enter one or the other, not both. Also please keep it simple and try no to use mascot names or any other irrelevant information. (For example: "Punxsy," "Brookville," "DuBois," etc. will be sufficient. Things like "Chucks," "Blue Raiders," "Beavers,"  "Area School District," "Youth Wrestling," "JO Wrestling," etc. are not necessary.)
  3. Enter Correct Information: Please be sure to register under the correct tournament, age division, weight class, etc. The more information that has to be changed causes delays with the getting the tournament started quickly and running smoothly. Thank you!