How are Wrestling Brackets Set Up

I often have new wrestling parents ask me how a wrestling brackets are set up. I tell them that it depends on what type of wrestling tournament you are talking about.  There are some wrestling websites that make creating wrestling brackets easier.  Each type of wrestling tournament is slightly different in how a bracket is created.  Today, I would like to discuss the different types of wrestling brackets.

Different Types of Wrestling Brackets

There are basically three types of wrestling brackets.  Those are the blind draw bracket, a seeded bracket, and a round robin wrestling bracket. The blind draw bracket has the wrestlers randomly placed on the bracket. The seeded bracket tries to separate the best wrestlers and the round robin wrestling bracket means wrestlers either wrestle everyone or wrestle three matches to determine their seed for next round of a tournament.

Blind Draw Bracket

In a blind draw wrestling bracket, wrestlers are randomly placed on a bracket.  This is the type of bracket that is created for most youth wrestling tournaments.  This is done because most wrestling clubs do not want to go through the trouble of seeding.  The one rule that most wrestling clubs follow is that they try to separate kids from the same club.

Seeded Bracket

A seeded bracket is used for national, college, high school, and junior high tournaments.  In a seeded tournament, the best wrestlers are separated so that the best wrestlers meet each other in the finals.  For example, the first and second-seeded wrestlers are placed on opposite sides of the bracket.  Seeds are usually done for the first four to six wrestlers. After the seeds have been done the rest of the wrestlers are randomly placed on the bracket.  Wrestlers from the same club are also separated.

Round Robin Bracket

a round robin wrestling bracket is done one of two ways.  Either a wrestler wrestles everyone in their bracket or a round robin bracket is created so that seeds can be done for the next round in a wrestling tournament.

Most round robin wrestling brackets consist of six wrestlers or fewer.  The objective of  this type of wrestling bracket is to get each wrestler a lot of mat time. I like this type of bracket for new wrestlers.  If you have six wrestlers, each person is guaranteed five matches.

The other type of round robin bracket is done to determine seeds.  For example, let’s say you had sixteen wrestlers in a bracket.  You would have four round robin groups of four wrestlers.  Each group would wrestle everyone in their group. When that is finished the top two in each round robin would be seeded in an eight-man seeded bracket.

What do you think?

I hope you enjoyed the wrestling article.  Hopefully, you have a better understanding of how wrestling brackets are created.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!


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