One of the largest high school wrestling dual tournaments in the Pacific Northwest is returning to the Linn County Expo Center.
The West Albany High wrestling program is hosting the Northwest Duals for the third consecutive year. The two-day, 36-team tournament runs Thursday and Friday in Albany.
Teams from Washington and Oregon — including Linn County’s West Albany, South Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home and Central Linn — will be participating.
“It’s been really fun and really neat for the community,” Bulldogs coach Casey Horn said. “This year with five teams being from the mid-valley, that piece has been really fun to see. The local businesses have been picking up for us and supporting us, showing that they want to see more wrestling in this area.”
Competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. both days and conclude by 6 p.m.
General admission is $7 for a single day or $12 for a two-day bracelet. For students and seniors, cost is $5 for one day or $8 for the bracelet.
On Day 1, the 36 teams will be divided into six pools named after local wrestling icons Bruce Glenn, Dick Weisbrodt, Lamont Simons, Norm Davis, Brent Belveal and Jim Phillips. Each team will wrestle five duals on Thursday.
Friday’s action will feature a 16-team top bracket, a 16-team middle bracket and a four-team bottom bracket.
“The bracketing has been the most challenging thing for us,” Horn said. “Just trying to get everybody matched up with the right teams and the right places so no one has to dual with a team from their own conference.
“Also, I’m a guy that likes to be on time, so we are very focused on starting right at 9 and keeping it running to have no dead time or lag time. That’s been a little bit of a challenge, but we get in and get out.”
For more information about the event and participating teams, visit www.northwestduals.com.