Pending approval of the four-team league’s officials, Frontier League wrestlers will forgo district competition this year in favor of a 3A sub-regional tournament against the Mid-Valley League. The sub-regional, in February at Moses Lake, will include six Frontier wrestlers per weight in 16-man brackets, said West Valley athletic director Wayne McKnight.
Region IV in Eastern Washington has traditionally been a state wrestling power, but because of the new enrollment classification, it is losing representation.
The KingCo League will join the region, taking away half of the tournament berths.
With a sub-regional, coaches feel the best wrestlers in the two Eastern Washington leagues will get a fair shot at qualifying for state.
And it will assure continued interest by competitors in the sport.
“If we didn’t do it this way, we’d only send two wrestlers per weight from our district to regional,” said McKnight. “You can’t keep a program alive if kids see they don’t have a real shot at even a regional tournament.”