COLUMBUS - Those who have attended the High Plains/Clarks Invitational wrestling meet the past several years knew was just a matter of time before the venue would have to change.
After 43 years, Clarks is no longer the host as the facilities would not support the size of the wrestling tournament and the large crowds it was attracting.
The Clarks gym will always be home to some very memorable Friday and Saturday afternoons the first week of each new year, but the 44th-annual edition has a new home and that is Central Community College just north of Columbus.
Wrestling got underway on Friday and will continue through Saturday afternoon. Four new teams were welcomed for the first time as Columbus Scotus, Archbishop Bergan, Battle Creek and Omaha North began experiencing the excitement of this two-day wrestling smorgasboard for the for the first time.
In addition to High Plains another local team, the Centennial Broncos, are also competing in the invite.
On Friday the weight classes were broken down into pools and the top two wrestlers of each pool will advance to the eight-man tournament in each weight class today.
The action today gets underway at 10 a.m. with the finals to follow 10 minutes after the third and fourth place matches.
Fans can follow each match at TrackWrestling.com, and on Saturday the finals will be broadcast on HPCTV//www.hpcstorm.org and Huskermat.
High Plains head coach Norm Manstedt has said on many occasions over the years the event would not be possible without all the volunteers who give their time to make it the success it is.