[Pairing chart with names and numbers] In this example, the numbers are assigned in order, starting at one. To make things a bit easier, we put all the competitor names in alphabetical order.

In SCVWA tournaments, there’s no seeding, but we do try to separate people from the same team or from schools near each other so that they don’t meet too early in the tournament.

Eight is pretty much an upper limit to a manageable weight class. If there were fifteen people at the 132 pound Junior division, we’d split them up into group 132-A with eight people and group 132-B with seven people. In SCVWA local tournaments, the winners of each group do not wrestle against each other.

Now let’s see how to pair up these wrestlers.