General Information

The 2023 Youth New England Wrestling (YNEW) Championships will be held at the Game On Sports Complex in Fitchburg MA on SAT March 18th and SUN March 19th. This year’s event features our first Girls New Englands for High School Girls (18U).  YNEW is proud to support Girls Wrestling in New England.  Wrestlers may compete in ONE of six competition groups according to this schedule:

SAT March 18th @ 8AM: 10U/12U CO-ED & 11U/14U GIRLS 

SUN March 19th @ 8AM: 15U CO-ED & 18U GIRLS

There is a $65 registration fee for YNEW 2023.  Wrestlers must register online by March 6, 2023.  Go to the YNEW Registration Page for more information.  This year’s competition includes a three-match minimum whenever feasible, utilizing true consolation matches in large brackets and round-robin competition in small brackets. See Individual Competition below for details.

A complimentary coach’s pass will be offered to each team that is represented at YNEW 2023.  Additional coach’s passes may be purchased for $20 for one day or $30 for both days.  Only those with a coach’s pass will be allowed entry into the competition area. General admission is $10 per day for adults ($5 for children).

The competition area will be restricted to wrestlers and coaches who are actively competing on the mat.  On-deck competitors and coaches are welcome to use the warm-up area until their match is called.
Coolers and carry-in food/drink are NOT allowed inside the Game On facility.  Note: Game On charges an onsite parking fee and a wifi access fee for visitors who use these amenities.  See Host Facility for more information.

YNEW 2023 Weekend Schedule

FRI March 17th

5-8pm:

WEIGH-INS @ GAME ON

SATURDAY competitors ONLY

10U/12U CO-ED & 11U/14U GIRLS

(see Weigh-In Information below for more information)

8-10pm:

NCAA Wrestling Semi-Finals Watch Party

@ Colonial Hotel (see Host Hotel for details)

SAT March 18th

7-7:30am:

LATE ($20) WEIGH-INS @ GAME ON

SATURDAY competitors ONLY

10U/12U CO-ED & 11U/14U GIRLS

(see Weigh-In Information below for more information)

8am-4pm:

SATURDAY COMPETITION

10U/12U CO-ED & 11U/14U GIRLS

4-6pm:

WEIGH-INS @ GAME ON

SUNDAY competitors ONLY

15U CO-ED & 18U GIRLS

(see Weigh-In Information below for more information)

7-10pm:

NCAA Wrestling Finals Watch Party

@ Colonial Hotel (see Host Hotel for details)

SUN March 19th

7-7:30am:

LATE ($20) WEIGH-INS @ GAME ON

SUNDAY competitors ONLY

15U CO-ED & 18U GIRLS

(see Weigh-In Information below for more information)

8am-4pm:

SUNDAY COMPETITION

15U CO-ED & 18U GIRLS

Individual Competition

In order to compete in the 2023 Youth New Englands, wrestlers must reside in one of the six New England states (includes New England boarding schools). Wrestlers must also meet age and weight requirements for one of the six YNEW competition groups: 10U/12U/15U CO-ED & 11U/14U/18U GIRLS.  Except for the High School Girls (18U) Competition, wrestlers who compete in their high school state tournament (or Prep New Englands) are not eligible to compete in YNEW 2023. See YNEW 2023 Weights & Ages for more information.

Placement at state tournaments will be used to seed wrestlers according to the following allotments: CT/MA – top six state placers; NH/RI – top five state placers; ME/VT – top four state placers. A limited number of wildcard slots are available for those who do not place or participate in their state tournament.  OPEN registration is available for ALL girl wrestlers who meet age, residency, and weight requirements. Open registration is also available if your state does not offer a statewide competition in your age/gender group.

Set weight classes will be used to form brackets unless there are not enough wrestlers in a weight class. In that case, Madison brackets (based on actual weight) will be used to create weight classes. Round robin brackets may be used if there are less than six wrestlers in a weight class. A three-match minimum will be implemented whenever feasible.

Competitors will be required to certify their date of birth during online registration.  An age challenge is available for a $50 fee. All competitors agree to submit proof-of-age if challenged. Age misrepresentation will result in forfeiture of individual placement and team points. Note: it may not be feasible to resolve an age challenge on competition day; tournament records will be modified to reflect any changes.

Girls Competition

Staying true to our mission to build wrestling in New England, this year for the first time YNEW will feature our first Girls New Englands! We are pleased to support the growth of Girls Wrestling in New England.

The High School Girls (18U) Competition will take place on Sunday March 19th. The 11U Girls and 14U Girls will compete on Saturday March 18th. Wrestlers may participate in only ONE competition group (GIRLS or CO-ED) for which they are age-eligible.
 
Open registration is available for ALL girl wrestlers in New England who meet the YNEW age and weight requirements.  See YNEW 2023 Weights & Ages for details.

Team Competition

There will be team competitions in three separate divisions: CO-ED TOWN, CO-ED CLUB & GIRLS. Wrestlers in the CO-ED competition are eligible to score team points for both club and town teams if they train with both teams. Girl Wrestlers are eligible to score team points according to their competition group (CO-ED or GIRLS).
 
Top 13 scorers across each competition group (TOWN/CLUB/GIRLS) are used to determine total team scoring points. Town teams are defined as teams that train seasonally (< 6 months); club teams train year-round (> 6 months). Wrestlers may only score points for a team with which they regularly train.  
 
Team points are weighted so that older competition groups and larger brackets garner more points. In order to score team points, a competitor must win a match.
 
Wrestlers, parents, and coaches are expected to check team affiliations for accuracy. YNEW will publish team affiliations and allow roster changes up until competition day. A roster challenge is available for a $50 fee; all disputes are decided by the YNEW Competition Director. See YNEW Team Scoring for more information

Weigh-In Schedule

Competitors are expected to weigh in the NIGHT BEFORE their competition. LATE weigh-ins will also be available the MORNING OF your competition. There is a $20 LATE Weigh-In Fee. All weigh-ins will be held at Game On.

FRI March 17th

5-8pm:

WEIGH-INS @ GAME ON

SATURDAY competitors ONLY

10U/12U CO-ED & 11U/14U GIRLS

(see Weigh-In Information below for more information)

SAT March 18th

7-7:30am:

LATE ($20) WEIGH-INS @ GAME ON

SATURDAY competitors ONLY

10U/12U CO-ED & 11U/14U GIRLS

(see Weigh-In Information below for more information)

4-6pm:

WEIGH-INS @ GAME ON

SUNDAY competitors ONLY

15U CO-ED & 18U GIRLS

(see Weigh-In Information below for more information)

SUN March 19th

7-7:30am:

LATE ($20) WEIGH-INS @ GAME ON

SUNDAY competitors ONLY

15U CO-ED & 18U GIRLS

(see Weigh-In Information below for more information)

Weigh-In Information

All competitors MUST register online at YNEW Registration.  During online registration, competitors will select their weight class from the competition group for which they are eligible.  Changes to weight class selection can be made until online registration closes on March 6, 2023.  Competitors are not required to compete in the same weight class as their state tournament. See YNEW Weights & Ages for details
 
The Youth New Englands is a set weight class competition.  Wrestlers MUST be at or under their weight class limit on the scale during YNEW weigh-ins on March 17-19th.  There are NO weight allowances or changes to weight classes during YNEW weigh-ins.  Competitors MUST wear their wrestling uniform (e.g. singlet) while making their weight during YNEW weigh-ins.
 
Weight classes for the Girls Competition are intended to be grouped by set weights.  Weight classes with not enough competitors may be combined with other weight classes using the Madison system.  When practical, competitors will be notified in advance if they are placed in a Madison weight class. See YNEW Weights & Ages for details.

Hotel Options

There are a limited number of nearby hotel options; please make your room reservations EARLY

Gardner Colonial Hotel

  • Rate: $159+/night
  • Reservations: Call 978-630-2500
  • Distance from Game On: 7.5 miles
  • Host Hotel: NCAA Wrestling Watch Party

Leominster DoubleTree

Devens Springhill Suites

Placement Awards

Champion

-Customized NE Champion hooded sweatshirt
-Champion's Wall Chart
-Keepsake Medallion
-Added to YNEW All-Timers List

2nd-6th Place

-Keepsake Medallion
-Added to YNEW All-Timers List

Individual & Team Awards

Most Outstanding CO-ED Wrestler (Peckham Award)

Most Outstanding GIRLS Wrestler (Elena Award)

Outstanding Wrestler (six awards)

Most Dominant Wrestlers (six awards)

New England Team Champ (three champions)