The Tim Van Horn Memorial Tournament is contested each year to honor one of the Longhorn wrestling program's most dedicated supporters.
Tim Van Horn, whose two sons Ansel and Doyle once wrestled for Payson, was tragically killed in a 1988 automobile accident in rural Nevada.
Since the tournament was renamed in his honor a year after his death, the event has been one of the highlights on the Longhorns wrestling schedule.
This year, the tournament has drawn 12 top teams from around the state: Apache Junction, Globe, Glendale Mountain Ridge, Tempe, Coolidge, Higley, Tuba City, Fountain Hills. Marana Mountain View, Phoenix Day School, Window Rock and Payson.
Action begins at 2 p.m. today (Friday) and will continue in a round-robin format until 8 p.m. this evening.
The round-robin segment of the tournament continues tomorrow from 9 a.m until 2 p.m. During round-robin competition, three mats will be in use in Wilson Dome.
The consolation finals will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow on two mats. The tournament wraps up at 5 p.m. tomorrow with the championship finals on one mat. The championship round is expected to wrap up about 7 p.m.
Following the skirmish, tournament director Don Heizer will award team trophies to the top four teams. Medals also will be doled out to the top four finishers in each weight class. Individual weight class champions all receive T-shirts screenprinted with the Van Horn tournament insignia.
The wrestler who records the fastest fall of the tournament also will receive a medal.
An outstanding wrestler will be named among the light (103-125), middle (130-152) and heavyweights (160-275).
The coach who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship during the two days also will be honored.
Best of all for wrestling fans, there is no admission charge to the tournament.