RW Invite

Rocky Welton Invitational

2019 Event Information

Due Dates:

1/23: Pass Gate
1/23-11:59 a.m.-TrackWrestling Entries Due
1/24-8:00p.m. - Seeding Criteria/Head-to-Head Info Due

Downloadable Forms:
2018 Tournament Schedule

January 25-26, 2019
*Friday-Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.
*Saturday-Wrestling begins at 8:30 a.m.

Open Gym Thursday: The gym will be open to workout/check weight from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Central time. Please plan accordingly.


Garden City High School
2720 Buffalo Way
Garden City, KS 67846

Entrance: Please enter at the north entrance, or "the Point."

Entries:Coaches will receive an e-mail containing individual usernames and passwords.

Weigh-In: Teams may weigh-in at home before departure on Friday or at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25th in the Auxiliary gym.


Home weigh ins:  MUST be completed at HOME gym no earlier than 4:00 am Friday, signed by school administrator and weigh in sheet must be emailed to tournament director at or faxed to GCHS AD at 620-805-5629.

There will be a total of ?? lb. allowance (+?? consecutive days + 2 lb. growth allowance).If weighing in at home, please e-mail your weigh-in sheet to Paul Finch <>.There will be a check scale available throughout the day in the Girl's Locker Room.

Friday Night Weigh-in: Friday night weigh-in will be held in the Tunnel on the south side of the Competition Gym (same place as morning weigh-in). There will be a 4 lb. allowance (?? lb. consecutive days + 2 lb. growth allowance). There will two options for weighing in. Option 1: Wrestlers may weigh-in within one hour of the completion of their weight class. Option 2: As long as the wrestler did not participate in the Option 1 weigh-in they may weigh in within one hour of the conclusion of the heavyweight matches. Nebraska teams will weigh in Saturday morning, per NE State Association.

Seeding: Seeding will be completed by Eric Johnson and Tim Yount, so there is no seeding meeting.  It will be VERY important for coaches to enter criteria into TrackWrestling.             

We will also be using TrackWrestling to seed the event.. Seeding Criteria is as follows:

(In no particular order)            

-Fargo, Super 32 results
-Head to Head victories
-Common Opponents
-State Champion
-State Placer
-Rocky Welton Champion
-Rocky Welton Placer
-Record (minimum 10 matches)

Team Camps: Teams will camp in the bleachers in the AUXULARY GYM. Teams will not be permitted to camp in the competition gym.

Spectator Seating: Fans and Parents will be seated in the upper deck of the competition gym.

Format: Competitors will be placed in a 32 man bracket. We will medal the top 6 places, but wrestle out to 16th place. Matches will be wrestled on the "Next Available" mat. This counts as 4 competition points for Kansas and Colorado teams.

Mat Locations:We will utilize 6 mats for the tournament, and all mats will be in the competition gym.

Rules: The NFHS Wrestling Rule Book and Kansas Weight Control Plan shall serve as the official rules for this tournament. The following weights will be recognized: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285.

Awards:We will medal the top 6 places. Brackets will be given to the top 3 finishers. The top 3 teams will receive plaques. We will also award the Ed Cramer Outstanding Wrestler award.

Locker Rooms: We will have locker rooms available. Towels will not be furnished.

Pass Gate Information: Please fill out the pass gate information sheet and return it to us by Wednesday, January 23rd. No passes will be honored.

Ticket Prices:
Adult All Tournament Pass (Includes finals) - $25.00
Student (K-12) All Tournament Pass - $10.00
Adult Session Pass - $10.00
Student (K-12) Session Pass - $4.00

Entry Fee: The entry fee is $300.00

Hospitality/Concessions: A hospitality room will be available for coaches, tournament officials and tournament workers. Hospitality room will be located in the cafeteria area. A concession stand will be available for fans. Please do not allow your wrestlers or managers into the hospitality room.There will be no food or drinks allowed in the gymnasium, other than athletes having water on the floor. Coolers will be allowed in team camp area in the Auxiliary gym.

Cheerleader Hospitality: A hospitality room for cheerleaders will be located in the Dance Studio on the Northeast side of the upper deck in the competition gym.

Parking:Spectator parking is in the North parking lot. Buses may park on the outer lane in the bus loop.

Certified Trainer: A certified trainer will be available throughout the tournament to assist you.


Teams Participating:

Andale, Bear Creek, CO; Blue Valley SW, Canon City, Colby, Dodge City, Doherty, Fountain Ft. Carson, Garden City, Goddard, Great Bend, Hays, Holcomb, Hoxie, Hugoton, Kearney, La Junta, Lakin, Lamar, Lewis-Palmer, Liberal, Longmont, CO; Newton, Olathe South, Pine Creek, Pomona, Ponderosa, Pueblo Centennial, Pueblo East, Republic County, Santa Fe, Scott City, Scottsbluff, St. James, Ulysses, Valley Center

Josh Biera, Adam Venegas, Justin Thaw, Chad Harris, Jeff Cunningham, Jeremy Abell, Mike Fredricksen, Jeff Schreiber, Rossie Trujillo, Nick Diede.

Garden City Motels:

AmericInn Lodge & Suites: 3020 E Kansas Ave, Garden City – 620.272.9860, king or double queen rooms at Rocky Welton Tournament discount $72 plus tax including: hot complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and workout room with free WiFi.  We are within walking distance of Applebee’s, Freddy’s and other restaurants and conveniently located near the shopping district..


Best Western Plus Emerald Inn & Suites. 2412 E Kansas Ave. Garden City, KS 67846, 620-277-7100.

Make the most of your visit with the #1 rated hotel in Garden City! Guests enjoy the indoor heated salt water pool and spa, free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, discounts at multiple area restaurants, on-site evening cocktail lounge, full circuit fitness center, and an excellent location across the road from Schulman Crossing Shopping District and the brand new indoor water park! Discounted $99.99 rate includes a standard room with 2 queen beds with in-room microwave and refrigerator. 


Clarion Inn, 1911 E Kansas Ave. Garden City, KS 67846. 620-275-7471. Please call this local number for reservations. Ample parking space for buses! Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, restaurant discounts at on-site restaurant & Old Chicago Pizza, weeknight happy hour with complimentary soup & salad and drink tickets for guests age 21+. Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, indoor heated pool & hot tub, on-site fitness center, complimentary guest shuttle service, and plenty of space for meetings & social gatherings. Rate quoted includes a standard room with 2 queen beds with in-room microwave and refrigerator. 

Also offering discounted weights: Clarion Inn, Heritage Inn and Sleep Inn

Lodging and Dining Flyer
We are looking forward to another outstanding tournament.  If you have any questions, please contact us at any of the following addresses.  Have a safe trip!

Paul Finch - Tournament Director
620-272-7806 (Cell) (E-mail)

Drew Thon - Athletic Director
620-805-5433 (Phone)
620-805-5629 (Fax) (E-mail)

 Carlos Prieto - Head Coach
620-271-2668 (Cell) (E-mail)