General Information

DATES: July 14-15, 2018. 
(Please note this is a week earlier than other CSG events)


All divisions except Beach Wrestling: North Star High School (5801 N 33rd St, Lincoln - View map)

Beach Wrestling: Playmakers (640 W Prospector Ct #300, Lincoln - View map)

ADMISSION: Admission will be charged daily for all events except Beach Wrestling.

General Admission - Adults: $5
General Admission - Students (6-18 Years): $2
General Admission - Children (5 & Younger): FREE
General Admission with Super Pass: FREE

NOTE: Age determined as of July 14, 2018.

NOTE: Non-Nebraska wrestlers are allowed to participate in the Cornhusker State Games if wrestling is not offered in the State Games of their state, or if their state does not offer a State Games.

NEW: Women's Scholastic, Freestyle, Advantage, Beach, & Takedown wrestling this year.

  • Girls that live outside of Nebraska will be allowed to participate in wrestling
  • Girls will be allowed to enter both regular and girls Scholastic and Freestyle events this year.
  • Boys that live in a state that does not have wrestling events in that state's games may enter CSG Wrestling events.  Note Iowa does not have wrestling in the Iowa State Games and are welcomed to enter.

Athlete Packets for sports that ONLY take place on July 14-15 will be available on the following day and times if not shipped previously:

Lincoln North Star High School - 5801 N. 33rd St., Lincoln
Friday, July 13 - 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Packets that are not able to be picked up on the date above will be made available at the following competition sites:

Saturday, July 14 - Pick up at check in of event.
Athletes are encouraged to pick up packets on Friday, July 13 at North Star High School to avoid lines on competition day.
Thanks and good luck!!

Competition Timeline


Session 1 - Advantage - Start time: 9 a.m.
Session 1 - Women's Advantage - Start time: 9 a.m.
Session 2 - Scholastic (14 Years & Younger) - Start time: 11:30 a.m.
Session 2 - Women's Scholastic (15 & Older) - Start time: 11:30 a.m.
Session 3 - Scholastic (15 Years & Older) - Start time: 2 p.m.
Session 3 - Women's Scholastic (14 & Younger) - Start time: 2 p.m.
Session 4 - *Beach (All Ages) - Start time: 7 p.m.
Session 4 - *Women's Beach (All Ages) - Start time: 7 p.m.

*All Beach Wrestling competition takes place at Playmakers Bar & Grill.  


Session 5 – Greco - Start time: 9 a.m.
Session 5 - Women's Freestyle - Start time: 9 a.m.
Session 6 – Freestyle - Start time: 11 a.m.
Session 7 – Takedown - Start time: 1 p.m.

Session 7 - Women's Takedown - Start time: 1 p.m.


Advantage: 7-10 Years; 11-13 Years; 14-16 Years; 17 & Over

Beach: 5-8 Years; 9-11 Years; 12-14 Years; 15-17 Years; 18 & Over    

Freestyle: 7-10 Years; 11-13 Years; 14-16 Years; 17-19 Years; 20 & Over

Greco: 8-11 Years; 12-14 Years; 15-17 Years; 18 & Over

Scholastic: 4-6 Years; 7-8 Years; 9-10 Years; 11-12 Years; 13-14 Years; 15-16 Years; 17-19 Years; *20 & Over; **25 & Over

Takedown: 6-9 Years; 10-12 Years; 13-15 Years; 16-18 Years; 19 & Over


Scholastic: 5-8 Years; 9-11 Years; 12-14 Years; 15-17 Years; 18 & Over

Freestyle: 7-10 Years; 11-13 Years; 14-16 Years; 17 & Over

Advantage: 7-10 Years; 11-13 Years; 14-16 Years; 17 & Over

Takedown: 5-8 Years; 9-11 Years; 12-14 Years; 15-17 Years; 18 & Over

Beach: 6-9 Years; 10-12 Years; 13-15 Years; 16 & Over

*Wrestlers who are 25 years or older have the option to enter either the Scholastic 20 & Over or 25 & Over division, but CAN NOT enter both.

**Wrestlers in the Scholastic 25 & Over division will be given one pound per year over the age of 30. Example: A 45-year-old wrestler who weighs 165 lbs will be recorded as 150 lbs. Wrestlers must be at least 25 years old to wrestle in this division.

NOTE: Participants will be allowed to move up an age division only with special approval of the tournament director.

View the Complete Event Details for a full list of divisions and events.



Saturday, July 14:
Advantage: 7-7:30 a.m.
Scholastic 14 & Under: 9:30 - 10 a.m.
Scholastic 15 & Over: 12 - 12:30 p.m.
Beach: 3 - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 15:
Greco: 7:30 - 8 a.m.
Freestyle: 9 - 9:30 a.m.
Takedown: 12-12:30 p.m.

All weigh-ins, including those for Beach Wrestling, will be held at North Star High School.

Wrestlers must weigh-in wearing either a singlet or gym shorts.

Wrestlers are allowed to weigh-in during an earlier weigh-in period even if they are not participating in that event.

Wrestlers are required to weigh just one time. The weight of each wrestler will be recorded to nearest pound. A referee will inspect wrestlers for the presence of oils or greasy substances on the body, all jewelry, long fingernails, skin condition, health, and safety measures. Wrestlers suspected of having skin conditions will not be allowed to compete without current approval letter/form from a medical doctor. 

There are no set weight classes for this tournament. The weight of the wrestler at weigh-ins is recorded and will be used for all sessions to make pairings. Wrestlers will only weigh-in once. Event directors will attempt to pair wrestlers up as fairly as possible with a maximum weight difference of 10%. For the highest weight class in each age group, the maximum weight could have a difference of 15%. The maximum number of wrestlers placed in a bracket will be eight. It’s recommend that wrestlers not cut weight, but instead participate at their natural weight.

Wrestlers who report late for a weigh-in period will not be bracketed for that session. Those wrestlers will be weighed at a later time to verify the safe weight.

If wrestlers have an injury or illness that leaves them unable to compete after weigh-ins, they must inform the pairings manager to scratch them from the remaining events. No shows in the brackets create many unnecessary problems for the event directors. 

Competition Format

Advantage: Two periods of two minutes. Overtime is a 30-second tie-breaker where the winner of coin flip picks up or down. First to score wins. If no one scores in the 30 seconds, the top wrestler will be awarded one point. 

Beach: Two periods of two minutes. Overtime is sudden victory with no time limit.

Freestyle: Two periods of two minutes. Criteria will be used to break ties.

Greco: Two periods of two minutes. Criteria will be used to break ties.

Scholastic: Three periods of 90 seconds. NFHS overtime rules will be used.

Takedown: Two periods of two minutes. Overtime is sudden victory with no time limit.

BRACKETING: TrackWrestling will be used to manage the tournament.

Weights with 6-8 wrestlers: Brackets with true second 
Weights with 3-5 wrestlers: Round robin pools
Weights with 2 wrestlers: Best two out of three


Two wrestlers with the same record or same record and criteria breaker: Head to head winner

Criteria order of tie-breakers for three or four wrestlers with the same record:
1. Most Falls
2. Most Tech Falls
3. Faster Fall Times
4. Faster Tech Falls
5. Most Match Points Scored
6. Least Match Points Allowed

TrackWrestling will just be used to run the events.  You can NOT enter CSG Wrestling on TrackWrestling.


TECHNICAL FALLS: Advantage, Beach, Freestyle, Greco, and Takedown will be 10 points. Scholastic will be 15 points.

RULES CLINICS: A rules clinic for the style being conducted that session will be held 5 minutes before the start of each session.

HAIR LENGTH & FACIAL HAIR: Typically, the Cornhusker State Games is not as strict with high school hair length standards. However, wrestlers with long hair are strongly encouraged to wear a hair net during competition. Participants with long or rough beards will be asked to shave before competition. Please help the Cornhusker State Games maintain a safe environment for everyone.

ADVANTAGE: Before the start of the match, a coin is flipped and the winner picks top or bottom for first period. Wrestlers will start in the opposite position in the second period. Match will be stopped for either an escape or reversal. The scoring wrestler will start in the down position when the match is restarted. If a reversal occurs that puts the opponent on his back the match will not be stopped till the near fall situation has ended. Match will be called like a Scholastic match.

FREESTYLE & GRECO: USA Wrestling Rules.

SCHOLASTIC: NFHS Wrestling Rules.

TAKEDOWN: Takedown–2 points. Takedown to near fall criteria–4 points. No falls can happen. Called like a Scholastic match.

Four-Man Round Robin for Beach Wrestling. All male competitors must wear a swimsuit only. The female competitors will be allowed to participate in whatever they feel is comfortable for them. No shoes, socks, or jewelry will be allowed. Wrestling will be conducted on a sand surface with a 20-foot diameter circle. Match will be called as if was a freestyle match, but no ground wrestling will occur. The match is stopped after someone has scored, and then is restarted from the neutral position. It is possible for both wrestlers to score on the same action. If a wrestler forces and holds his opponents face into the sand he will be rewarded one point.

Shoes and Shirt: Shoes and shirt are required inside of Playmakers at ALL TIMES. Door managers WILL NOT allow people to enter without a shirt and shoes.

Four-Man Round Robins: There WILL NOT be more than four wrestlers per weight class. The cutoff for weigh-ins is 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. This will allow tournament directors time to print off bout sheets for all three rounds in a timely manner. The only exception would be if a wrestler was mistakenly left off a bracket, then a five-man round robin would be created. Wrestlers should visit TrackWrestling.com to make sure they have been paired. Tournament directors will try to have pairings posted by 5 p.m. Almost all of the Beach Wrestlers also participate in Scholastic, so the earlier weigh-in period will affect very few wrestlers.

Lawn Chairs and Towels: Beach Wrestling spectators are welcome to bring lawn chairs to the event. Beach towels are also recommended.

Whether you are playing, coaching, or spectating, the Cornhusker State Games would like to remind you to have fun and KEEP IT POSITIVE. For more information, check out our SPORTSMANSIP CAMPAIGN.

Uniforms and Equipment

Uniforms: Wrestlers are strongly encouraged to wear a singlet, but are allowed to compete in tight-fitting t-shirts and gym shorts. Tights or biker shorts are allowed to be worn under the singlet.

Red and Blue Singlets: Wrestlers who already have a red and blue singlet should bring both to competition. Event directors would like the top wrestler in each paring wearing red, and the bottom wrestler wearing blue, for all five mat wrestling styles. This is very helpful for officials to make calls. Please do not buy a new singlet just for this event, as all wrestlers will be able to compete in whatever color singlet they already have.

Equipment: Wrestling shoes are required with shoelaces either covered or taped. Ear guards are optional but it is highly recommend that one be used.


MEDALS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three wrestlers in each bracket.

OUTSTANDING WRESTLER PLAQUES: Outstanding Wrestler Plaques will be awarded in five age divisions: Ages 8 & Under, Ages 9 to 11, Ages 12-14, Ages 15-17, and Ages 18 & Over.
One Outstanding Girl Wrestler Plaque will be awarded to the top female wrestler selected by the CSG Wrestling Director. Factors used to determine the Outstanding Wrestlers include earned Iron Man shirts, past Cornhusker State Games wrestling success, defeating outstanding competition, and great sportsmanship.

IRON MAN SHIRTS: Special Iron Man t-shirts will be given to those wrestlers who earn ten or more points in medals (three points for a gold medal, two points for a silver medal and one point for a bronze medal).

Registration Fees & Deadlines


$40 per participant until July 6
Additional events - $12


Registered wrestlers seeking to add events at weigh-ins will be charged an additional $20 per event.

Wrestlers may enter only one event per session.

Wrestlers MAY NOT enter any events for an older age division than their current age, without approval of the Sport Director. Please email request to Wrestling Director Craig Hellwege at chellwege@gmail.com. Requests can also be made in person before weigh-ins close for that session.

MULTI-EVENT DISCOUNT NOTE: If registering for multiple events, all entries must occur in the same transaction to receive the multi-event discount.

Competition in the 2018 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Pass for free admission to SportFest, the Opening Ceremonies, and all competition venues; Sponsor gifts and coupons.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $5 processing fee. Registering online saves time, money and trees.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Wrestling Director Craig Hellwege at chellwege@gmail.com. If you wish to speak with Craig, please include your phone number in the email. 
Assistant Wrestling Director, John McLaughlin, mclaughlinljohn@gmail.com.

Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or info@nebraskasportscouncil.com.