News Ticker

Method or Madness? UIL Regional and State Seedings

As we enter the regional rounds, the field of 64 competitors in each weight class are anxiously awaiting their regional match-ups and brackets.  While most will be posted by tomorrow, questions and speculation abound on the web and social media.  Here is a quick overview of the UIL matrix seeding and bracket building.

In the UIL state tournament, there is no seeding whatsoever.  Brackets are built to place the 1st and 4th place finisher of each region in one side of the bracket, with the 2nd and 3rd place finisher of that same region on the opposite side.  Regional champions will wrestle a 4th place finisher in the first round, regional runner-up will face a 3rd place finisher.  Two regional champions will not meet until the semi-final round.  With the absence of any seeding, it is possible (and common) to have the top two wrestlers face off in the semi-finals.  Some regional tournaments are run in the same fashion.

Other regional tournaments use a seeding methodology to seed the four regional champions.  After seeding the four champions, the remaining 12 wrestlers are matrixed into the bracket so that the #1 seeded district champion faces the fourth place winner in the region from the #4 seeded district champion.  The adjacent match in the bracket will include the runner-up from the district of the #2 seeded champion vs the 3rd place wrestler from the district of the 3rd seeded champion.

So the question then becomes, how are the four district champions seeded #1 through #4? Obviously, head to head match results are the primary determinant, but in the absence of head to head, many regions use a scoring system to take into account winning percentage, accomplishments in last season’s post season tournaments, and “strength of schedule” which awards points for wins as well as losses against district, regional and state placers from last season.  Here is a detailed description of the point seeding system used in many regions:

  1. Winning percentage record of this season’s varsity dual meet and tournament bouts (up to 100.00)
  2. Prestige: Award bonus points for this wrestler’s accomplishments in last year’s Regional or State Tournament.
    Only the highest point value will be awarded, not a combination of all place finished.

State Champion

100

State 2nd place

96

State 3rd place

90

State 4th place

86

State 5th place

80

State 6th place

76

Regional Champion

60

Regional 2nd place

50

Regional 3rd place

46

Regional 4th place

40

Regional 5th place

36

Regional 6th place

30

Only the highest point value will be awarded, not a combination of all place finished.

3. Caliber of Competition

Bonus points are awarded for competing against last year’s champions during this year’s dual meets and tournament bouts. As with prestige points, only the highest point total per unique wrestler will be awarded.

If a wrestler competes against a state or regional place finisher more than one time, that wrestler will be awarded the highest points for each bout wrestled (i.e. If a wrestler competes against a regional champion 3 times, wins twice and loses once, that wrestler would get 30 + 30 + 3 = 63 Caliber Points.

UIL Schools

Texas

Out of State

Win against

Loss against

Win against

Loss against

State Champion

50

4

25

4

2nd State

48

4

24

4

3rd State

45

4

23

4

4th State

43

4

22

4

5th State

40

4

20

4

6th State

38

4

19

4

7th State

15

4

8th State

13

4

Regional Champion

30

3

0

0

2nd Regionals

25

3

0

0

3rd Regionals

23

3

0

0

4th Regionals

20

3

0

0

5th Regionals

18

2

0

0

6th Regionals

15

2

0

0

Notes:

1. A national prep school champion will be equal to the value of an out-of-state champion, etc.

 

So…as we look ahead to potential regional match-ups this weekend, the Wrestling Texas staff won’t even TRY to guess how the seedings will fall – we will just leave it to the coaches and regional seeding meetings – or random draws.

WrestlingTexas will have UIL State Brackets posted by Sunday night.