1. What are the dates for the tournament?
This year's tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, December 30-31, 2016

2. Will you be using the NFHS weight classes? 
Yes, regardless of any individual states rules, we will be using the following weight classes: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.

3. When does my team wrestle on Friday?
Your team may wrestle in the Morning Session (9am) or Evening Session (4pm) on Friday. You will not know until the evening of Monday, December 26th at 6pm Central.  You can view the bracket release show at www.ClashMN.com. If you are flying into Rochester, you will definitely need to get here on Thursday in case your team wrestles in the morning session on Friday. The brackets are determined by the seeding and the seeding is done by national sportswriters based on rankings and early season results. 

4. When does my team wrestle on Saturday?
If your team loses its first match on Friday, then it will wrestle at 9am, 11am and 1pm on Saturday.  If it wins its first match on Friday, they will wrestle at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm on Saturday

5. How many wrestlers can we bring?
You may weigh-in 20 wrestlers each day.  You may not alter your 20-wrestlers roster on the second day. You will be given 1 pass for each wrestler that you registered up to a maximum of 20.

6. How many tickets/passes does a team get?
Each team will receive up to 28 passes for the event (depending on your registration). These passes are for:  up to 20 wrestlers, 6 coaches (including trainers and assistants),  and 2 student managers.  The 6 coaches' passes include meals in the VIP Dining Room. We encourage your team to bring cheerleaders if you can. If you do bring cheerleaders you will be given 2 additional passes for chaperones.  Up to 6 cheerleaders (in uniform) for each team will also be admitted without charge. Additional tickets can be purchased at the door. Online ticket prices are posted on the website.

7. Do we get a weight allowance? To Be Determined...
Clash XV teams will get a 1 pound allowance on Saturday for sure. If any team that is competing has a competition on Thursday night teams will get a 1 pound allowance on Friday and another 1 pound allowance on Saturday. 

8. When do we weigh in?
Friday's weigh-in order is determined by your wrestling session and the order in which we received your signed contract. Although our weigh-ins go quickly and efficiently, the earliest weigh-in times of the day are assigned to the teams who submit their contract the earliest. The second day weigh-ins are determined by your first day order of finish.  Weigh-in times will be posted on the schedule page.

9. What do we need to do for opening ceremonies?
At the start of the Morning and Evening Sessions, we will have a brief ceremony to introduce the teams. Please go to your assigned mats at least 20 minutes prior to the start of wrestling (8:40 AM for the Morning Session and 3:40 PM for the Evening Session). Line your team up on one side of the mat (lightest wrestlers on the bleacher side of the mat). We will introduce each team (en masse). When your team is introduced, they should walk to the center of the mat. When both teams are at the center, instruct your wrestlers to shake hands with whomever happens to be across from them. They should then return to their side of the mat and stand at attention until all teams are introduced (first couple wrestlers can warm up) at which time we will have the national anthem.

10. Who does the seedings?
Seedings are based on input from nationally respected wrestling columnists including Josh Lowe (Intermat), Corey Haddad (AWN), Chris Danyo, Rob Sherrill (WIN Magazine) and others TBA. Teams are also positioned to avoid matches in the first two rounds between: nationally ranked teams, teams from the same state, and teams that may meet in the course of the regular season. We also try to take into consideration early-round match-ups from previous years.

11. What is the format of the tournament?
There are three qualifying matches in eight-team brackets on day one and then three round-robin matches on day two. The three Friday duals will place the teams in positions 1st through 8th. On Saturday, the four teams that win their brackets will be placed in a 4-team round robin bracket (called group 1) for the second three matches. Likewise, the four 2nd place teams will be grouped together into Group 2 and so on. Trophies will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each of the eight groups.

12. Where is the tournament?
The competition venue for the tournament continues to be the University Center-Rochester (UCR) field house. The street address is: 851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN. The UCR campus is home to Rochester Community and Technical College, Winona State University Rochester Center, and the University of Minnesota-Rochester.

13. Who gets awards?
There will be team trophies for the teams that place 1st - 6th along with trophies for the teams that place in the rest of the pools. In addition, there will be individual trophies for the wrestlers on the winning team in each pool and individual medals for the wrestlers on the team that finishes second in each pool (if individual awards are allowed by your state association).

14. We are arriving early. How do we arrange a practice session?
Please contact Chuck Siefert, the site coordinator, directly at 507-398-3400 to schedule your practice session(s).

15. Is there an all-tournament team? How is it selected?
We will be selecting an all-tournament team at the conclusion of the tournament. This team, made up of one wrestler from each weight class, will be selected based on the wrestler's accomplishment at this tournament without regard to his or her team's placement. The wrestlers selected to the all-tournament team will receive a commemorative plaque. To identify this team, we have one wrestling enthusiast who is not associated with any team in the tournament, assigned to each weight class. He or she will follow that weight class throughout the tournament and identify his or her candidate. The final all-tournament team is then voted on and approved by the Clash organizing committee.

16. Where is the application for the Scholar Athlete Award?  SUBMIT APPLICATION - SUBMISSIONS CLOSED
In order to recognize those wrestlers who have excelled beyond the wrestling mat, we will be recognizing 10 Scholar Athletes during the tournament.  Anyone (coaches, parents, teachers, Athletic Directors, School Counselors, and the athletes themselves) may submit candidates (grades 11-12) for this award.  The applications must be submitted at www.clashmn.com/scholar-athlete-award/ (CLOSED) by 10pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.  Each winner will receive a beautiful trophy, a letter of congratulations and will be recognized on the center mat during the tournament.

17. When does wrestling start? When are the finals?
Wrestling is divided into two sessions each day. The Morning Session will have matches at 9am, 11am, and 1pm and the Evening Session will have matches at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. 16 teams will wrestle in the Morning Sessions and 16 teams will wrestle in the Evening Sessions. Whether you wrestle in the morning or evening on the first day is determined by your seeding in the tournament. Your positioning on the second day will be determined solely on your results from the first day. Teams that win their first match on Friday will finish in the top 16 and will wrestle Saturday Evening. Conversely, teams that lose their first match on Friday will be in the Saturday morning session. There are no "finals" as in an individual tournament. The champions of each pool are decided during the course of the second day of wrestling.

18. What happens if teams end up with the same record on the second day?
If two teams end up with identical records (like 2-1) on the second day, the team that won the head-to-head match, will place higher.  If three teams end up with the same second day record, then the placing is determined by the total number of points scored in matches between the three tied teams.  There would obviously be a 4th team in that bracket, but points scored against that team do not count in the tie-breaker criteria.

19. I'm with a newspaper/radio station/website. Can I get a press pass? REQUEST MEDIA CREDENTIALS
Yes, we are a very "media-friendly" tournament. All press/media passes MUST be requested online prior to Midnight on December 26, 2016. Passes for the media and press will be available at the south entrance of the field house pass gate on the days of the tournament. Please be prepared to present some form of media identification to receive your pass. You will be allowed access to the floor of the tournament where all results will be posted electronically. Members of the press MUST contact The Clash committee prior to December 26, 2016 to identify any unique on-site electrical or telecommunication requirements.

20. I/we need a room. Where should I stay?
Contact information and rates for hotels are posted on the travel page of our website. These are hotels that actively support wrestling in this community so please patronize these hotels.  The rates for Clash teams and fans are 20%-30% below regular rates and below rates available on discount travel sites like Travelocity.

21. What about bad weather? Is there an alternate date?
Although Minnesota has had mild winters the last few years, the average temperature in Rochester for the last week of December is 15 degrees. Please Note: This event will NOT be cancelled or rescheduled, regardless of the weather conditions.

22. What happens if we arrive late? 
If you arrive late to the facility, for any reason, including weather problems and airline delays, then you will forfeit all matches missed up to that point and will have up to 2 hours prior to the next round to weigh-in.

23. My son has a persistent skin condition. Is there anything I should do regarding skin checks?
We can not stress enough the importance of taking skin conditions seriously. Here is a link to the Minnesota State High School League Wrestling Skin Condition Report to be used by any wrestler with a questionable skin condition. The form should be taken by the wrestler with the observable skin condition (like persistent Psoriasis or severe acne) to his or her family physician to be completed. For athletes with observable skin conditions, this form will speed up the on-site skin checks greatly.  Please note: The on-site Dermatologist will have final say in all questions of participation. There is no appeal process.

24. With what weight class will the tournament start?
We will be drawing for a starting weight class at the coaches banquet on Thursday night December 29, 2016. Each successive round will start at one weight class higher. For example, if 160 is drawn, then the sequence would be:

Day 1
Round 1 - 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152
Round 2 - 170, 182, 195, 220, 285, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160
Round 3 - 182, 195, 220, 285, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152,  160, 170

Day 2
Round 4 - 195, 220, 285, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152,  160, 170, 182
Round 5 - 220, 285, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152,  160, 170, 182, 195
Round 6 - 285, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152,  160, 170, 182. 195, 220

25. Where do we park at the venue? Is there a pass gate for teams?
There is plenty of parking at the venue. Please check out the aerial view of the field-house for appropriate parking for fans and teams. We ask that teams and anyone who pre-orders tickets enter the South pass-gate entrance so that they do not need to wait through the lines at the main gate.

26. How are proceeds from the tournament used?

The Clash tournament is run by the Minnesota Clash Wrestling, Inc. which is a Minnesota non-profit organization founded to promote and support Southeast Minnesota wrestling.  100% of profits are reinvested in the wrestling community at the youth, high school, and collegiate level.