A while back I had mentioned a rumor I had heard about there being 3 qualifier tournaments for the Southern Section Championships this year. Last year it had been 2 and the previous year girls did not need to qualify to compete for the title of Southern Section Champion and the opportunity to go to the State Championships. Well, I was wrong. It isn’t going to be 3 qualifiers, it’s going to be 4! If this does not show how rapidly girls’ high school wrestling is growing I’m not quite sure what will.
The date for all 4 qualifiers are the same, February 7th. They will be one-day tournaments in which the top-8 placers (for a total of 32 wrestlers) from each weight class will go on to compete at the 2-day Southern Section Championships (February 13-14 at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale).
At this point in time, whether the groupings for the qualifiers are called divisions or regions is debatable. I have seen it changed from document to document. So, I’m going to call them divisions (because I’ve changed them one too many times on this very site). What is now no longer debatable are the sites:
- Central – Tustin High School (Tustin)
- Eastern – Northview High School (Covina)
- Northern – Pioneer Valley High School (Santa Maria)
- Southern – Upland High School (Upland)
Here is how the leagues and conferences are divided among the divisions:
Camino Del Rey
There are also some freelance schools that will be able to send wrestlers to predetermined qualifying sites:
Desert – Southern Division
Fillmore – Northern Division
LaVerne Lutheran – Eastern Division
Nordhoff – Northern Division
Santa Paula – Northern Division
Valencia/Valencia – Northern Division
The thought process behind the way the schools are divided between the divisions is based on the talent and amount of girls in each league, with the goal being to get as close to an even distribution of participants at each qualifier.
Not everyone is going to be happy with this set-up but it has improved from last year and I, for one, think it will get better with each coming year. So, I leave you with one last thought, is it February 7th yet?