Wrestling: UIL state wrestling meet moving to Berry Center after 2-year stay in Garland

DSC09054The 2016 University Interscholastic League Wrestling State Championships will take place at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s Berry Center in Cypress, Texas the League announced Monday.

After receiving feedback from stakeholders in the wrestling community, the UIL made the decision to change venues to better accommodate the growing sport.

A second conference was added to boys and girls wrestling competition in 2013, doubling the number of qualifiers and matches. The 2013 Wrestling State Championships were expanded to three days and two locations.

This marks the first time the UIL Wrestling State Championships will be held in the Houston area. The Curtis Culwell Center in Garland hosted the UIL Wrestling State Championships in 2014 and 2015. Prior to that, the UIL Wrestling State Championships had been held in Austin since 1999.

“The Berry Center is an excellent venue that will allow the UIL more flexibility with the Wrestling State Tournament schedule to provide the best championship experience for student-athletes, coaches and fans,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said.

Boys and girls wrestling has been a UIL-sanctioned sport since 1999. The 2016 UIL Wrestling State Championships will be Feb. 18-20.

“Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is extremely proud to partner with the University Interscholastic League to host the State Wrestling Tournament,” Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Director of Athletics Ed Warken said. “We look forward to welcoming the student-athletes, their families and all wrestling fans to the beautiful Berry Center. It will serve as a great venue to highlight the efforts of so many kids and coaches and we are honored to be a part of this event.”