We are once again preparing for our 3rd Annual America’s Cup/Western States this Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27). The event has grown by leaps and bounds each year and we expect this year to be the toughest field yet.
The America’s Cup will be run Friday evening and Saturday morning/afternoon in a dual format. Friday will consist of pool matches while Saturday will be bracket format. Placement in Friday’s pools will determine bracket placement for Saturday. We’re looking to have pools of 4 teams that feed into 8-team brackets on Saturday (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Black).
Estimated Dual Times:
Friday – 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
Saturday – 10am, 12pm, 2pm
In order to make the event manageable and allow as much participation as possible throughout our state, each Zone (http://www.roadtostate.com/RULES.html) has been assigned a Zone Leader. This Zone Leader is the representative for that particular Zone and is responsible for Zone teams. Each Zone will receive TWO teams: a Gold Team with the Zone’s best wrestlers and a Silver Team with the Zone’s 2nd best wrestlers. We will fill slots with as many out-of-state teams as possible and then if room, fill in the remaining slots with further Zone teams. If you want to for sure have a spot, the Gold and Silver teams are the only teams guaranteed in the tournament. Each dual team can have up to 18 wrestlers and each wrestler is automatically entered into the individual format Western States event on Sunday.
If you are interested in getting on an America’s Cup Team, please look for information from your Zone Leader to be posted on the forum on how and when teams are being formed/determined. Here is a list of Zone Leaders and the general area (by county) for each Zone:
Zone 1 (Del Norte/Siskiyou/Modoc to Yolo/Placer) - Shawn Andrade
Zone 2 (Sacramento/El Dorado to Merced/Mariposa) - Derek Scott
Zone 3 (Sonoma/Napa to Monterey) - Carolyn Wester
Zone 4 (Madera/Fresno/Kings/Inyo) - Ian Shaw
Zone 5 (Tulare/Kern/San Louis Obispo/Santa Barbara) - Kirk Moore
Zone 6&7 (Ventura/Los Angeles/Orange/San Bernadino/Riverside) - Steve Lawson
Zone 8 (San Diego & Imperial) - Joe Terribilini
Best of luck in the coming weeks preparing. We are looking at an incredibly strong out-of-state field with tentative commitments already from Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Florida, Minnesota, and Michigan.
If you have questions, please FIRST direct them to your Zone Leader. More information will follow in the coming weeks. The event is 7 weeks away from today!