POSTED: July 23rd 2013

Fargodome hosts world's largest wrestling event

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Seven tournaments of the ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet Nationals were held in the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. from 13-20 July.

More than 4,100 entries used 23 mats in the indoor football arena during the tournaments, which were hosted by USA Wrestling. In all, there were 182 more entrants than the 2012 ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet Nationals.

The Junior divisions in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, the Cadet division in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, and the Junior Women’s National Dual Meet Championships.

There was extra attention on the Nationals due to the use of the new rules of international wrestling. Support for the new rules is in line with the Keep Olympic Wresting effort, which was organised following the sport’s removal from the Olympic Programme in February.

USA Wrestling’s state associations made up the field of wrestlers. The state associations held qualifying events and organised their teams’ travel and training needs. Forty-six different states were represented at the event.

Olympic champions Bruce Baumgartner, Dan Gable, Tom Brands and Cael Sanderson signed autographs at an ASICS autograph session. Two-time Olympian Ali Bernard and Olympic champion Kendall Cross appeared for the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling.

The Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling brought together athletes, coaches and wrestling leaders to film the largest wrestling Harlem Shake.

Michigan heavyweight Adam Coon became the first two-time winner of the Junior Triple Crown, awarded to any wrestler who wins USA Wrestling national titles in freestyle, Greco-Roman and American folkstyle wrestling in the same year.

Colorado’s Mark Hall, Oklahoma’s Daton Fix, Texas’ Nick Reenan and Iowa’s Jacob Marnin won the Triple Crown at the Cadet level. Teshya Alo of Hawaii and Maya Nelson of Colorado won gold medals in the Cadey and Junior divisions in the women’s competition.

New York became the third state – with Texas and California – to win the Women’s Junior Duals and dedicated its victory to late Olympic Greco-Roman champion Jeff Blatnick, the former New York state chairperson for USA Wrestling.

Wrestling is one of three sports – along with a joint bid from baseball/softball and squash – on the International Olympic Committee’s shortlist for reinstatement on the Olympic Programme for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. One sport will be selected by the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this September.

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · IOC · Wrestling · Olympics · Fargodome · North Dakota · United States · Olympic Wrestling ·

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