PIAA District III wrestling chairman Randy Umberger confirmed today the 2016-2017 District III M&T Bank Wrestling Championships will be held at Giant Center.


The move will give District III some distinct advantages in the operation of the wrestling championships and provide greater comfort for fans attending the event, which has been held at neighboring Hersheypark Arena since 2003.


This year’s District III M&T Bank Wrestling Championships will be conducted over a three-day period for the first time since 2004.  The Class 3A preliminaries and quarterfinals will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 23 beginning at 3 p.m.  Only Class 3A will be wrestled on Thursday.


Class 2A will begin on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. with preliminaries and quarterfinals.  Both classes will wrestle concurrent championship semifinals Friday beginning at roughly 5:30 p.m.


The championships and consolation finals be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning with the Parade of Champions at 9:45 a.m.  The approximate time of finish will be 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at which time Giant Center must be cleared for the Hershey Bears hockey game that evening.


District III will post a detailed time schedule at www.piaadistrict3.org ASAP.


Also, PIAA District III plans to lower the cost of each session ticket to the District III norm of $6 for adults and $4 for students.


The PIAA District III M&T Bank Team Wrestling Championships will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 31 (Class AAA 3A preliminaries and quarterfinals), Wednesday, Feb. 1 (Class 2A quarterfinals and semifinals), Thursday, Feb. 2 (Class 3A championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals and semifinals at Spring Grove Area HS) and Saturday, Feb. 4 (Class 3A and 2A third-place matches and championships at Spartan Center, Milton Hershey School)