True, the IHSAA no longer sponsors a team wrestling tournament, but Yorktown has found success in its replacement. The Tigers claimed team state crowns each of the last two seasons at the IHSWCA Team State Finals, an event that includes some of the top programs in the state.
The Tigers will be among next season’s field as they look for three in a row, but they won’t have to go far to do it.
Last week, the announcement came that the tournament will move to Ball State’s Recreation and Wellness Center complex and field sports building Jan. 3, 2015. The fields were expanded from eight to 12 teams in each of the three classes, and that meant a larger facility was needed.
The process to find a new home after two seasons at Westfield High School took a few steps before it arrived in Muncie.
“I started out with high schools in the Indianapolis area, the larger ones with fieldhouses,” said Yorktown coach Trent McCormick, who was tasked with finding a new location. “Just one thing led to another, and I touched base with the state fairgrounds and various venues and it ended up we found a match and were able to come to an agreement with Ball State.”
Westfield’s gym could only hold 2,080 spectators, and McCormick said crowds reached 1,000 and 1,300 in the event’s first two seasons. He also called the proximity for his team an unintended benefit.
The recreation center space will include a five-court area in the rec center, and the field sports building, a cavernous structure with ample space but no spectator seating. McCormick said the details about bringing in portable bleachers and other arrangements are still being ironed out.
He added while Westfield might be able to accommodate enough mats for competition for the larger field and perhaps enough seats for fans, it didn’t quite have the extra space outside the main competition area.
“Their main gym was nice, but when you talk about extra space where teams will be on byes and things, their coach and I just didn’t feel like their would be enough space in that regard,” McCormick said. “There just wasn’t enough common areas, if you will, for people to relax and move about.”