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5 Match Rule 
Wed Dec 06 2017, 10:22PM

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If you were not aware. the MIAA updated some rules that it had exceptions from NFHS in the past:

MIAA Handbook Rule 84.2 (pg.90)

Member schools shall not schedule or compete on more than 20 days of competition. Five matches is the maximum amount that a student may compete on any given day, exclusive of MIAA sponsored tournaments (see 84.3.3).

What does this mean for 1 day tournaments???

If you have more than a 12 man bracket it means you very likely will run into a 5 match rule situation in the medal round. MA has not had to deal with this in the past because it was handled by 24min of wrestling in a day as opposed to number of matches. Rule of thumb on this is that 50% of your 3/4 place will not wrestle and 75% of your 5/6 will not wrestle.

This will have an impact on MA 1 day tournaments.
Wed Dec 06 2017, 10:23PM

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There is one alternative bracketing format that college uses to deal with this issue. It is called a wrestle back to 5th. In a wrestle back to 5th basically there is one less round of wrestling. Everyone who loses a match is however going for 5th place not 3rd. Only the semi final losers go for 3/4. the result is that tournament using this format 100% of the 3/4 place matches wrestle.
Thu Dec 07 2017, 07:49AM
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If you were to win by injury default where your opponent never steps on the mat, does that count towards the five matches?
Thu Dec 07 2017, 09:43AM
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no that would not count
Thu Dec 07 2017, 11:33AM
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byes and forfeits do not count toward the 5-match rule, but be careful in what you refer to as an injury default, as that implies match has started (not to be confused with a medical forfeit). also, be advised that the NFHS rule has always treated the 5-match rule oddly, such that if 1 wrestler has had only 4 bouts, for purposes of team pts, he wins by forfeit (even if had lost to the guy with 5 earlier). if both have 5, then no 3rd (a tie for 4th). this is specified in the case book (page 7). if a 16-man bracket with 12 entries is seeded correctly, and byes are placed by mutual consent to the top 4 seeds, the possibility of 5-match rule for 3rd is diminished.
Thu Dec 07 2017, 12:28PM
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and from what I've heard... The Lowell Tny (and only the Lowell Tny at this point) has been granted a waiver from this requirement.
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