2017 Coaches' Letter 1 dated 10/26/17


December 29-30, 2017

                                                                                                                                               October 25, 2017


Hello Coaches: 

Welcome to another wrestling season and the 57th consecutive annual Brecksville Invitational Holiday Tournament (BIHT).  This year's tournament will again prove to be an exciting event.  The same great features that made our tournament a success in past years will again be available this year.  A list of these “2017 Tournament Features” is attached.  The first day of competition will be continuous in two adjacent gyms on 9 mats.  The competition on the second day will be on 6 mats in the main gym only while the Finals for places 1 thru 6 will be on 3 mats.  We utilize two active referees (three total) during the Championship Quarter-Final matches, during the Championship Semi-Finals, the Finals, and all placement matches.

Again, what we are really excited about this year is our field of excellent participating teams and wrestlers.  Our field of 47 teams this year equals that of last year and we predict will prove to be more competitive.  We welcome 10 new teams this year.  Eight are making their debut in this event—Avon IN, Bridgeport, Claymont, Detroit Catholic Central MI, Indian Valley, Portage IN, Rootstown, and Tuslaw .  Two are returning, having competed in the past---Keystone, and Perry (Lake Co.).  The entire list of “2017 Teams Entered” document is attached.  Please review this document for accuracy.  If there are any coaching changes that we have missed, or if we have listed your school incorrectly by your State wrestling division, or any misspellings, please e-mail Tournament Director Nick Dimitris with the corrections.

 For your planning purposes the “2017 Tournament Wrestling Schedule” document is attached.  We have again moved the start of the Finals one hour earlier to 5:30 PM so that we may finish earlier.  Please note that weigh-ins preceded by skin checks will be at 8 AM on both days.  Open scales for weight checks will occur at 7 – 8 AM on both days.  The weigh-in procedure document will be sent later.  Documents of “2017 List of Area Restaurants” and “2017 Map Restaurants-Host Hotel-School” are also attached FYI.

  ***We would like to point out an important feature.  For the fourteenth year we have identified a HOST HOTEL for our out-of-town teams and guests.  Our host facility will again be the Holiday Inn Cleveland South-Independence, OH (see their enclosed literature, 5 sheets) at I-77 Exit 155 Rockside Rd., right in the heart of where a majority of the restaurants and other services are located, and a short distance from our high school.  They have set aside a block of rooms at a rate of $73 per night.  There are plenty of rooms for all and we negotiated an extremely reasonable rate for a 5-star hotel.  Additionally, the reason they deserve your consideration is that they are again providing complimentary rooms for our out of town referees.  As you know we try and employ officials from throughout Ohio.  Please call Maureen Labyk at the Holiday Inn at 216-524-8050, ext. 191 and state that you are participating in the Brecksville Holiday Wrestling Tournament to secure your reservation at the special rate.  Please see her attached cover letter for details.  If your school/group is tax exempt from Ohio State sales tax, please complete the tax exempt form and discuss that with Maureen.  Also, please encourage parents, relatives, and friends to book their rooms at our host hotel at the $73 rate. ***

Teams that have participated in the past are familiar with the Holiday Inn.  For our new teams, let it be stated that this is a great deal at a great Hotel.  For all teams we encourage booking with the HI because the quantity of complimentary rooms for our referees is dependent on the quantity of rooms booked.  Please encourage all of your guests to take advantage of this great deal.

We are again looking forward with great anticipation to this year's tournament, our 57th, and welcome everyone's participation in 2017.  Good luck in the upcoming season.  There will be additional future communications to the coaches that will deal with the specifics of this season’s tournament including:  schedules, weigh-ins, coaches' meeting, returning state qualifiers/placers, and biographical information about your wrestlers we will need for our tournament Program Book.  As we look ahead, roster registration/seeding will again be done on-line via TrackWrestling this year.  More info to follow.


Please visit our school’s wrestling web site at, www.brecksvillewrestling.com. There is a pick for the Holiday Tournament with sub-picks.  The documents that are enclosed herein and all future documents will be listed on our web site as they are updated for this year’s tournament. 


Nick Dimitris                                                      Mark Maslona
Tournament Director                                          Athletic Director
H: (440) 526-1899                                             O: (440) 740-4770 or 4771
njdimitris@aol.com                                             maslonam@bbhcsd.org

* See attachment for a printable version of this coaches letter.