One of the state’s premier high school wrestling tournaments will have its highest number of teams to date this weekend.
The 32nd annual Coast Classic kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday and continues through Saturday, with 37 total schools this year.
The expanded field of teams is possible because of the Track Wrestling technology that speeds up processing of results and updating of brackets.
Host North Bend will be joined by South Coast teams Marshfield, Coquille, Siuslaw and Brookings-Harbor and other schools from around the state.
The early season event has traditionally been renowned for the quality of competition, including numerous wrestlers who ultimately go on to win state titles in their classifications at the end of the season.
Admisison is $10 per day for adults and $6 for students. Tournament passes are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Concessions will be available on site throughout the tournament.
This year’s event includes defending Class 6A champion Roseburg, as well as runner-up Sprague, fourth-place finisher Century, fifth-place finisher David Douglas and Grants Pass, North Salem, North Medford, Cleveland and Canby that all finished in the top 15.
Defending Class 5A champion Crater also is in the field, along with No. 3 finisher Redmond, fifth-place finisher Sandy and Milwaukie, which was seventh.
Crook County was second, Marshfield fourth and Henley eighth among Class 4A teams in the field this week.
As many as nine individual state champions also could be competing this week, as well as numerous other state placers.
The first two championship and consolation rounds will be held Friday in the 32-wrestler brackets.
The quarterfinals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and the finals should start about 5 p.m.
Henley and Marshfield will warm up for the big meet with a dual Thursday night at Marshfield. The dual starts at 6 p.m. at Pirate Palace.