Tickets NOW on Sale for State Championships!

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 51st ANNUAL NYSPHSAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS; OFFICIAL SCHEDULE RELEASED

Times Union Center in Albany, February 22-23, 2013

LATHAM, NY – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced tickets are now on sale for the 2013 High School Wrestling State Championships at the Times Union Center on Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd. The Association has also released its official competition schedule for the upcoming tournament which is sponsored in part by the US Navy, Worldwide Sport Supply, Jostens, CSEA, MaxPreps, and the American Dairy Association.

THE 2013 SCHEDULE is as follows (more tournament information can be found at www.nysphsaawrestling.com or www.nysphsaa.org):

SESSION #1
Friday, February 22

9:30 am….…………………..Parade of Champions/National Anthem
10 am – 2 pm…..….……… Preliminaries: Division 1 and 2
2 pm – 4 pm……..…………Quarterfinals: Division 1 and 2
4 pm – 8 pm…..……………Wrestlebacks: Division 1 and 2

SESSION #2
Saturday, February 23

9:30 am……………………  National Anthem/Special Awards
10 am – 12:30 pm………..  Semifinals: Division 1 and 2
Wrestlebacks: Division 1 and 2
12:30 – 2:00 pm………….. Wrestlebacks/Cons Semifinals: Div. 1 & 2
2 pm – 3:30 pm…………… Consolations Finals: Division 1 and 2

SESSION #3
Saturday, February 23

6 pm…………………… FINALS: Division 1 and 2 (2 mats only)

THE 2013 TOURNAMENT, now in its 10th year of a two-division format, will follow a similar schedule to last year’s event held at the Times Union Center. This year will mark the sixth year an additional 120 wrestlers will fill the byes in the brackets bringing the total number of participants to nearly 500. Qualifiers will hail from the 11 NYSPHSAA sections, as well as from the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) of New York City and the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA).

THREE TICKET PACKAGES are being offered for the tournament including a “Premium package” for$38 in which an attendee would receive a ticket for each of the first two sessions and a third ticket for the last session in a premium seating area closer to the floor (finals only). Also available will be a one-session ticket for $12 as well as a three-session package without premium seating for $33. All seating is general admission except for premium seating for the finals. Premium seating will not be sold separately during the finals.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE today at the Times Union Center Box Office, select Wal Mart locations, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.timesunion.com.

THE EVENT WILL STAY IN ALBANY at the Times Union Center through 2016. In October 2011, the state wrestling committee voted to accept a new four-year term at the Times Union Center starting in 2013. The 2013 event will be the 7th year the TU Center has hosted the event.

TO REQUEST A MEDIA CREDENTIAL for this event, please contact Chadd Ryan, Marketing Manager at the Times Union Center, via e-mail at: chadd.ryan@timesunioncenter-albany.com. Media members will be asked to provide a photo ID prior to receiving their credential at the media table during the tournament. Regardless of having secured an official NYSPHSAA tournament credential, this venue REQUIRES ALL MEDIA to contact the arena to request a credential and announce their attendance. On February 20th, all credential requests will be reviewed and approved.

SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES for the 2013 tournament are still available and all inquiries can be directed to Joe Altieri at altieri@nysphsaa.org.

HISTORY/VENUES OF NYSPHSAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
1963 – Cornell University, Ithaca
1964 – Walt Whitman High School, South Huntington (Long Island)
1965 – Ithaca College, Ithaca
1966 – Walt Whitman High School, South Huntington (Long Island)
1967 – Niagara University, Niagara Falls
1968 – Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse
1969 – George H. Clark Gymnasium, Rochester
1970-72 – Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse
1973 – Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica
1974-2003 – Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse
2004 – University at Buffalo, Amherst
2005 – Pepsi Arena, Albany (currently the Times Union Center)
2006 – Nassau Veterans Coliseum, Uniondale
2007 – Times Union Center, Albany
2008 – Blue Cross Arena, Rochester
2009-12 – Times Union Center, Albany
2013-16 – Times Union Center, Albany

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