Camp Barnes Wrestling Classic set for Dec. 29

The second annual Camp Barnes Wrestling Classic will start at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown. The tournament will benefit the Camp Barnes overnight residential summer camp run by the Delaware State Police.

Camp Barnes is open to children between the ages of 10 and 13, at no cost to the camper or family, and accommodates 60 campers per week for six weeks, from early July through August. All children are eligible to attend regardless of family income.

Awards in the double-elimination tournament on Dec. 29 will be given for the top four finishers in each division, with trophies for first-, second- and third-place winners and medals for fourth-place finishers. There will also be an award for the quickest pin in each division.

The divisions and weight classes are based on wrestlers’ ages as of Dec. 29: Tot (6 or younger) in 5-pound increments from 40 pounds to 65 pounds, with an 85-pound maximum; Bantam (ages 7 and 8), in 5-pound increments from 45 to 90 pounds, with a maximum of 115 pounds; Midget (ages 9 and 10) in 5-pound increments from 55 to 100 pounds, with a maximum of 130 pounds; Junior (ages 11 and 12) in 5-pound increments from 65 to 140 pounds, with a maximum of 185 pounds; and Intermediate (ages 13 and 14) in 7-pound increments from 77 to 170 pounds, with a maximum of 235 pounds. No varsity experience is permitted.

Weigh-ins will take place at Sussex Central on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 29, from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Satellite weigh-in will take place Smyrna High School on Dec. 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The entry fee is $25, with mail-in registration needing to be received no later than Thursday, Dec. 26 or online registration ($27) available online at www.WrestleReg.com until Friday, Dec. 27, at 10 p.m. To obtain a registration form, contact Det. Shawn Hatfield at Troop 4, at (302) 856-5850, ext. 212, or via email at james.hatfield@state.de.us. No entries will be accepted after Dec. 27, and there will be no walk-ins or weight changes permitted on the day of the tournament.

A modified version of the National Federation rules will govern the tournament. All periods will be 1-1-1, with overtime of one minute SV, followed by NHF rules. Headgear and singlet are recommended. Proof of age must be available, if challenged. The director has the right to combine weight classes. Wrestlers may compete in more than one division, but they must fill out a separate form and must be ready to wrestle when called.

Admission to the event costs $3 for adults or $10 for students, with children 5 or younger admitted free of charge.

For more information, contact Det. Jeff Hudson at jeff.hudson@state.de.us or (302) 856-5850, ext. 212. For more information on Camp Barnes, visit www.campbarnes.net.