VANDALIA — The Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association (GMVWA) has announced that its Annual Holiday Tournament will be moved back to Butler High School beginning in 2017.
The Holiday Tournament will be held Wednesday, December 27 and Thursday, December 28 in the Butler Student Activities Center.
The tournament has been held at Wright State University for the past several years.
In a letter released by Butler wrestling coach Mark Peck on the website Yappi, GMVWA President Jordan Krebs said the reason for moving the tournament was based on financial reasons.
“The Holiday Tournament, the associations largest fundraising event, generates the revenue needed to fund important events such as our Annual All-Area Banquet, Coaches Banquet and the general Scholarship fund,” wrote Krebs. “The decision to relocate the tournament was based solely on the cost of holding the tournament at the Nutter Center. The board would like to thank Wright State University and the Nutter Center staff for their years of service to make the GMVWA Holiday Tournament one of the top high school wrestling tournaments in the state.”
The relocation means the number of teams will need to be reduced from the current 64 entries down to 50 due to the smaller venue. Krebs said the top 25 teams in 2016 will receive automatic invitations to return. Other teams may apply.
“Vandalia-Butler is very excited to partner with the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Coaches Association to bring the Holiday Wrestling Tournament to the Student Activities Center on the campus of Butler High School,” said Butler Athletic Director Jordan Shumaker. “Our community has provided us with incredible facilities that allow us to host major events such as this. We expect 50 schools to participate in the two day event. We have established a great partnership with the GMVWA and are excited about the fundraising opportunities for Butler Athletics while also allowing the GMVWA to offer more scholarship to high school student-athletes. This event will be a huge win for our community as well. We expect 6,000 – 8,000 participants and patrons to come to our community throughout the two days with thousands staying hotels and visiting local proprietors.”
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