today Jan. 22 and continues at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Friday in Wilson Dome, an exceptional field of 19 teams has committed to participate. Among them are Valley area so-called big schools, including Gilbert, Higley, Williams Field, McClintock, Fountain Hills and Barry Goldwater. Small-town schools from rural Arizona will be represented by Coolidge, Globe, Santa Cruz, Thatcher, Round Valley, Show Low, Snowflake and Payson. Northern Arizona high school Coconino, Parker of the Colorado River banks and Yuma from the far south have also entered. The mix of schools means individual wrestlers have the opportunity to challenge wrestlers they might not face during the course of the regular season in competition limited to sections and divisions. The fusion of schools and athletes also gives fans the opportunity to watch some new faces in action and check out how their favorites measure up against wrestlers from other parts of the state. Also, when an dentist gilbert athlete from a small rural school is pitted against a big school wrestler, bragging rights seem to be more at stake and fans flock to the side of their favorites. During todays first session, wrestlers in all weight classes will battle from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in round robins on four mats in the dome. The tournaments second session the conclusion of round robins takes place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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