The Holy Angels Invitational, one of the region’s top high school wrestling events, will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex’s Special Events Center for the first time, Dec. 29-30. The annual event, now entering its 12th year, had been previously held in Charlotte and featured a total of more than 900 wrestlers in 2021.
The Holy Angels Invitational was created in 2010 and hosted for its first 10 years by Charlotte Catholic High School. The tournament was named for Holy Angels, a Catholic charitable organization based in Belmont, NC, whose mission is to help adults and children with developmental disabilities. From 2010 through 2012, the event was held on the CCHS campus before the popularity of the event outgrew that gymnasium. In 2013, the tournament was moved to Charlotte’s Bojangles Coliseum where it was held until 2021.
“Bojangles Coliseum had been a great host, but unfortunately there was no room to grow in that arena as it only has room for 10 mats,” said Jim Trenner, who will serve as co-meet director with Kelli Shuffler. “We are happy to call the Greensboro Coliseum Complex the home of the Holy Angels Invitational for 2022 and beyond and look forward to a wonderful partnership!”
The 2021 Holy Angels Invitational included 69 teams (10 from outside the state of North Carolina) and 913 wrestlers competing across varsity boys, varsity girls and junior varsity divisions.
The 2022 event will see some changes, including expanding from 10 to 15 mats, adding a second chance division for the varsity boys (ensuring each wrestler four matches in the tournament) and awarding custom singlets to the champions of each varsity weight class in both the girls and boys divisions.
Teams interested in participating in the 2022 Holy Angels Invitational are asked to fill out the tournament application form at this link. Ticketing information for the 2022 event is to be announced.
For more information: Facebook.com/HolyAngelsInvitational