The South Shore Wrestling Officials Association All-Star Meet, which will take place at 6 p.m. March 14 at Perkins High School, is a little different than originally planned.
Originally, it was talked about being an Erie County vs. Huron County All-Star event. Now, it basically includes all the schools and teams that are within the boundaries of the South Shore Wrestling Officials Association.
The event is also being sponsored by the Sandusky Register and proceeds will go toward the SSWOA's scholarship fund.
"It's the longest running official scholarship in the state," said the SSWOA's Larren Wikel, who has spearheaded the formation of this event. "We've been awarding these scholarships since 1970 and every year since, to at least one wrestler. We've given out as many as four in a year before."
Wrestlers will represent the Sandusky Bay Conference, the Firelands Conference, the Northern Ohio League, the Midland Athletic League, and a handful of schools from the Greater Buckeye Conference (Sandusky and Fremont Ross) and the North Coast Conference (Bucyrus).
Vermilion will not be a part of this event.
The Sailors already compete in the Lorain County Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Meet.
Also, there will be no "dual meet" format, as was originally talked about.
Instead, there will be at least two matches at each weight class, with a third held at a few deep weight classes, and a few "showcase" matches between top wrestlers.
"With the 285s, there were so many good ones to choose from," Wikel said. "We had to have three matches there to do it justice. There will be plenty of matches to go around."
Wikel, with the help of several wrestling coaches, has selected the lineup of wrestlers that will hopefully compete at this inaugural event.
Now, Wikel said, it's about getting confirmation from the wrestlers selected and trying to find substitutions for the wrestlers who say no.
"We've got a lot of kids that will compete," he said. "But, we know there will be some that will decide not to. Some will say they are too tired or have other things to prepare for. But, we're hopeful that the kids will want to help us out a bit and be a part of something special."
Wikel said conference champions, Brakeman rankings and "others that we have seen that were underappreciated but real solid" were the criteria used to select the lineup.
SMCC's Mark Hiemstra, Edison's Davy Hermes and Damar Pentorn, Monroeville's Scott Bauer and Norwalk's Danny Helton were the coaches on the selection committee.
"We certainly appreciate the time they put in, especially as they got their wrestlers ready for sectionals," Wikel said.
"It was nice to have coaches from the Firelands, the SBC and the NOL represented in this selection process.'' he added.
The scholarship winner(s) will be announced during the event and a Wrestler of the Year and Coach of the Year award will be chosen by members of the media and plaques will be awarded to the winners.
This meet will be run a little differently than the Lorain County version.
The Lorain County All-Star Meet has a championship match and two consolation bouts.
"Ours will be different," Wikel said. "There will be two matches at each weight class, and there will be no 'championship' match."
The event was originally scheduled for 4 p.m., but a band concert at Perkins caused the meet to pushed back to 6 p.m.
Wikel hopes to have the lineup chosen and locked in by next Tuesday.
"We're really excited about this," he said. "There should be good wrestling on display and it gives this wrestling community a chance to celebrate the sport one more time. Plus, it raises funds for our scholarship fund."