Geary Wrestling Traditions: The Hospitality Room

By Chad Waters Editor

There are many traditions that have remained constant with the Geary Invitational, making it that much more distinct. There’s a reason the oldest wrestling tournament in the nation is celebrating its 74th-straight year from January 5-6, with some of the nations best teams and wrestlers coming to the Town of Geary. With old-school traditions of being a true invitational, in that, teams are invited or put on a waiting list. A wish list that may never come true for some teams, who might not make the cut or get knocked down by another team.


Other traditions such as having no advancement points or seeding, as every Thursday night on the day before the tournament, a blind draw is held, which potentially leads to the two best wrestlers at each weight class going head-to-head in the first round. However, if any wrestler falls in the first match, they still have an opportunity to wrestle their way back up in a challenge match for second place.


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