The PIAA District III Committee accepted the recommendations of the district’s wrestling steering committee to keep the 2017-2018 wrestling championships in Hershey at either Giant Center or Hersheypark Arena.


Last year, District III wrestling moved to Hershey’s Giant Center for the first time after several years at nearby Hersheypark Arena.  The district intended on returning to Giant Center for the 2017-2018 District III M&T Bank Wrestling Championships, but was recently informed that two of the three days required for the wrestling championships had been reserved for another event.  The wrestling championships will be conducted Feb. 22-24, 2018


New District III wrestling chairman Mike Craig, athletic director at Cumberland Valley HS, convened a meeting of the wrestling steering committee meeting on Aug. 30.  The site for the championships was the primary topic, and several options were considered.  In the end, the steering committee decided to return to Giant Center if the dates become available.  Should they not, District III has reserved Hersheypark Arena as the site for the championships.

District III will not make a final site determination until it converses with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts officials in December.


In addition, District III will continue with a four section format in both Class 2A and Class 3A, the same format it used in 2016-2017.  Four qualifiers in each weight class will advance from the section tournaments to the District III M&T Bank Wrestling Championships,  As it has for many years, the District III Class 3A Wrestling Championships will also serve as the PIAA Class 3A Southcentral Wrestling Tournament.


There are no changes in the District III M&T Bank Team Wrestling Championship format from recent seasons.  Class 3A will qualify the top 16 teams via the District III power rankings and will commence with first round and quarterfinal matches at the site of the top four seeds on Tuesday, Jan. 30.  Class 2A will qualify the top 8 teams via the power rankings and will commence on Wednesday, Jan. 31, with quarterfinals and semifinals at the site of the top two seeds.  Class 3A championship semifinals and consolation matches will be hosted at Spring Grove Area High School on Thursday, Feb. 1.  The District III M&T Bank Team Wrestling Championship finals and third-place matches will be conducted at Milton Hershey School’s Spartan Center on Saturday, Feb. 3.  A complete schedule will be released by District III at the beginning of the winter sports season.