Rapid City Invitational Wrestling Tournament

About the event

Thirty-Eight schools will compete in the annual Rapid City Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Held in our facility, the event will showcase some of the athletes who are standing out early in the season. It will also give participating schools an opportunity to evaluate competition, and gear up for what looks to be an exciting year for the sport.

The tournament will begin at 2:00pm on Friday, December 8th, and continue at 8:00am on Saturday, December 9th. Championship matches are expected to begin around 1:00pm on Saturday. Wrestling on ten mats, there will be four different states represented at the event, and Central High School Activities Director Darren Paulson anticipates over 500 wrestlers.

“It’s early in the season, so the tournament is a good measuring stick against quality competition,” says Paulson. “The event began with 16 schools eleven years ago, and it’s really grown over the years. It’s a good tournament with quality people working it, so if you’re a wrestling fan it’s definitely the place to be.”

While notable participants will be determined this week, Paulson adds that the tournament will feature competitors from across the region, with weight classes including champions from multiple states. The two day event will bring high school participants head to head, with some of the most intense wrestling many will see this year. The tournament is respected for offering a positive challenge to the teams in attendance, often foreshadowing the state tournament results in a few months.

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Ticket Prices

All Tournament Passes

  • Adults - $25.00
  • Students - $15.00

Daily Admission

  • Adults - $15.00
  • Students - $10.00

Service Fees

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