1. Must be a regional champion in the current year AND;
2. Must have placed 1 through 8 in any WIAA State Championship in Washington State in any weight class, in any previous year AND;
3. Must be one of at least two wrestlers in the weight class who qualify under 1 and 2 above.
The rule states in bullet point #3 –
3. In the event there are three qualified wrestlers then;
a. The tournament manager will select the only regional seeding pattern which places the qualified wrestler with the highest RETURNING state place in one half-bracket and the remaining two wrestlers in the opposite half-bracket.
Nothing in rule 3a states the highest place from any given year, only RETURNING state placement.
Rule 3b is used if there is tie between two wrestlers having the same RETURNING state placement.
Which there is not, Cleland is the RETURNING 4th place finisher at 126lbs. from 2017 and Thompson is the RETURNING 7th place finisher at 132lbs. from 2017.
Rules state in 3b that multiple state placings of prior years are only considered if there is tie between two wrestlers with the same RETURNING place finish.
b. In the event of a tie in 3a above, the tournament manager will select the only regional seeding pattern which places the qualified wrestler with the highest returning multiple state places in one half-bracket and the remaining two wrestlers in the opposite half-bracket.
The initial criteria requires anyone who has placed in any previous year and be a current regional champion to be considered for seeding. Once this is met, then your RETURNING state placement is used as the next criteria. 132lb. 4A bracket is incorrect and needs corrected.