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DUAL WRESTLING: The state dual team wrestling tournament is taking place in Des Moines Wednesday, and some aren’t pleased with the controversial change

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High school wrestling fans are filling Des Moines as the wrestling state dual meet gets underway. In the past, the state tournament started on Wednesday. But this year, the actual tournament with the individual competition, gets underway Thursday.

The teams are taking the mat Wednesday in a move that’s become a little controversial.

Crews started setting up the mats inside Wells Fargo Arena Tuesday. The duals begin Wednesday morning and the championship round happens at 7:00 p.m.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association moved the dual meet up a week, and relocated it from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines, because of construction at the duals’ original home.

Some coaches, wrestlers and fans say wrestlers who don’t compete in the duals have an advantage the following day.

But, Alan Beste with the Iowa High School Athletic Association says that isn’t necessarily the case, and having the duals and individual competition in the same place allows more athletes to compete in a state tournament.

“But our advisory committee which is made up of wrestling coaches, supported making the change. It wasn’t unanimous. I wouldn’t tell you that. But they supported making the change to try to bring it together as one complete event,” says Beste.

The state tournament gets underway Thursday, with the first session beginning at 9:00 a.m. Competition continue until 10:30 p.m.

Finals are at 6:00 p.m. Saturday and at last check a few tickets were still available, but hurry because that event typically sells out.