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How do high school wrestlers make it to the Nebraska state wrestling tournament?

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A high school wrestler must place in the top four of his or her weight class at the district wrestling tournament to qualify for the Nebraska state wrestling tournament. All current rules for the high school district wrestling tournament are explained in the current Nebraska School Activities Association Wrestling Manual.

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Nebraska high school district wrestling tournaments take place at various sites the second week of February to determine the qualifiers for the state tournament, which is held the following week, as of 2015. The exact tournament dates and sites are updated each year in the NSAA manual.

High school wrestlers in Nebraska are seeded for the district tournament based on their regular season records. Seeding is determined based on a number of factors: the winning percentage of wrestlers in their particular weight class involving head-to-head competition, common opponents and, if needed, a point system based on a variety of factors.

There are 12 weight classes to seed, ranging from 106 to 285 pounds, according to InterMat Wrestling. Classes B, C and D use a 16-man bracket when seeding the district tournament, while the largest schools, Class A, use an eight-man bracket. From those brackets, the top four wrestlers in each classification emerge.

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