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2019 General Membership Meeting

By WSWA, 08/19/19, 10:30AM PDT


We would like to thank all those who attended our General Membership meeting Saturday in Ellensburg. Our clubs each season come together in August to recap the season and work on putting together the schedule for next season.  Here is a short recap.  

We would like to thank Tim Weinert (State Chair), Mike Bundy (Cadet Director) and Andrea White (Membership Director) for their years of service and all they were able to accomplish. We’d like to Welcome Jeff Moore as our new State Chair, Chris Feist as our Cadet Director and Paul Swanson as our new Membership Director.   Other positions stayed the same.

We will be posting meeting minutes on our website, link to be sent once completed. The schedule for WSWA Events will be posted on our calendar at today by noon.  

  1. Over the past 2-year WSWA has partnered and done National Team Gear, WSWA is officially open to taking team/school orders.  Goal is to help each USAW-WA team save dollars on their gear.
  2. Schoolboys will be taking 2 teams to Schoolboy Duals in June.  
  3. Freestyle and Greco State will be Monroe, WA at Evergreen Fairgrounds.
  4. Junior Dual Team is considering going to Journeyman Classic in New Year in April.
  5. West Regionals is in Utah May 14-16
  6. Northwest Regionals in Centralia, WA March 27-29.
  7. All athletes turning 18 this season will have to complete Safe Sport Training prior to renewing their memberships. 
  8. Memberships are available for purchase at

State Leaders meet each season in August from all over the country to discuss upcoming changes for USA Wrestling for the following season.  This year there were a few changes that will take place in the 2019-2020 season.

  1. Girl age divisions will 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U etc. 
  2. In the 14U boys weight classes the old weight classes went 83,87,90 and then 97. The 90-pound weight class will now change to 92. 
  3. At Regional and National competition all weigh-ins shall only be valid for the day of plus 2 days. 
  4. If at the National Duals a state brings 2 teams and they wrestle each other in the event. They will have to wrestle the dual or one team can forfeit to the other but the dual score will be 1-0.
  5. Out of state wrestlers can join state teams for the National Duals but their matches will not count for team points. (Only if that state does not have a team participating)
  6. Straight back throws in Freestyle and Greco are now legal for all ages
  7. Video review is required at all National Championships including duals for all rounds
  8. Separation criteria has changed for all genders, ages and styles for regional and national competition, this will be posted on the national website
  9. At the Women National Duals, they will hold Greco duals but it will be unofficial.
  10. National Duals Teams must have a video volunteer for each dual.

If you need any help renewing/purchasing memberships feel free to contact me at 360-920-0383 or email

Justin Newby
Executive Director
Washington State Wrestling




What a season!  Thank you to everyone who helped in one way or another.  Washington State Wrestling has officially broken into the 5 digits in membership numbers.  Very few states have gone over 10,000 members.  This summer we brought home 42 All-Americans, 9 Finalists, 3 Champs and a Women's National Team Title in Fargo, ND.  Our duals teams were very competitive while wrestling in Indiana, Washington and Oklahoma, as well as Idaho at Western State Championships - Just to name a few highlights!

We invite everyone to join us at our General Membership meeting in Ellensburg at the Hal Holmes Community Center.  We will be recapping this past season as well as setting our tournament schedule for the 2019-2020 season.  At the meeting, we will also be voting in board members.  If you are interested in joining our Washington State Wrestling leadership team, we have a few open positions: State Chairperson, Schoolboy Director, Membership Director, Pairing Director, Cadet Director and Treasurer - All are 2 year positions.

On August 22, 2019 you will be able to begin renewing/purchasing your USAW membership and chartering your clubs for 2019-2020 season.  

WSWA would like to thank you all for your dedication and commitment to this great sport, we are looking forward to another fantastic season.  If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact Justin Newby at or 360-920-0383.


Date:  Saturday, August 24, 2019

Time:  12:00pm (noon)

Location:  Hal Holmes Community Center, 201 Ruby St, Ellensburg, WA 98926, USA