Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall Selected To Host NJSIAA Boys State Wrestling Championships, 2023-2025

Atlantic City, NJ – Wednesday, June 15, 2022 –The NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association) has announced the boys high school state wrestling championships will continue to be hosted at Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall for the next three years. During the high school wrestling season, 448 student-athletes from all over New Jersey will advance to the NJSIAA Individual State Wrestling Championship.

The dates for the three-year period are as follows:
• March 2-4, 2023
• February 29 - March 2, 2024
• March 6-8, 2025

Boardwalk Hall has hosted the event every year since 1992, with the exception of 2001 and 2002 because of venue renovations, and 2021 due to the pandemic.

“Boardwalk Hall is among New Jersey’s most iconic venues, and our student-athletes always enjoy competing here,” said Colleen Maguire, executive director of NJSIAA. “We’re delighted to be extending this hosting relationship into the future. I know the boy’s wrestling community will be extremely pleased with this agreement.”

OVG 360’s Jim McDonald, general manager of Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, said: “We are excited to keep and host the NJSIAA Boys State Wrestling Championship which is one of the largest high school state tournaments in the nation. The fans are familiar with everything at the venue and use Atlantic City and the tournament as a reunion spot year after year. Once again, we look forward to putting our historic venue forward and being the background for these student-athletes to become a NJSIAA Boys State Wrestling Champion.”

CRDA (New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority) Executive Director Sean Pattwell said: “CRDA is proud to host the NJSIAA Boys State Wrestling Championships again at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall for 2023, 2024 and 2025. We look forward to hosting the student-athletes and their families while they enjoy all the amenities that Atlantic City has to offer.”

Meet AC and Atlantic City Sports Commission President and CEO Larry Sieg said: “We are ecstatic the NJSIAA Boys State Wrestling Championships have chosen Atlantic City as its host city for an additional three years. This sporting event is a staple throughout the State of New Jersey and brings in a significant amount of economic impact to the entire destination during the off-season.”

Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are operated by OVG360 and owned and funded by the CRDA.

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