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Are PA wrestlers divided by weight or age?

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High school wrestlers in Pennsylvania, and nationally, are divided into weight classes during competitions. For the 2015-16 season, the 14 classes for boys range between maximums of 106 and 285 pounds.

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The National Federation of State High School Associations adopted changes that increased weight maximums for 10 classes in the 2011-12 boys' season. The changes increased the opening class from 103 to 106 pounds and the 13th class from 215 to 220 pounds. Unchanged weights included 145, 152, 160 and 285 pounds.

Girls' wrestling competes nationally in 12 weight classes. The maximum weights range from 100 to 235 pounds.

In 2011, the NFSHSA Wrestling Rules Committee stated it wanted to create equal percentages of wrestlers between weights. Each of the 14 weights would have an estimated 7 percent of all wrestlers.

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