It’s that time of year again where wrestlers from across the country will strap on their headgear and hit the mats. The unofficial start of the 2018-2019 wrestling season begins this month as a number of tournaments will signal the start of the new season. The month of October is known for hosting some of the top preseason wrestling tournaments in the country and we are going to highlight some of this months biggest tournaments.
Wild West Folkstyle Tournament
Natomas High School
The Wild West Folkstyle Tournament is the first tournament of the season in the state of California. It annually draws wrestlers from California and surrounding states and will once again give the opportunity to young wrestlers to get some much needed mat time. The event serves as the first leg of the California Triple Crown.
California World Challenge
Clovis West High School
Last year more than 900 youth wrestlers competed in the 2017 California World Challenge. The event is annually one of the top preseason events in the state. Last year’s event featured a number of state champions and that’ll most likely be the case again this year as wrestlers will have the chance to compete against quality talent. The Junior High portion of the event will being on Sunday the 14th.
Iron Elite Fall Nationals
Nielsen Fieldhouse (On the UNI Campus)
Cedar Falls , IA
This first annual Iron Elite Fall Nationals will take place at the Nielsen Fieldhouse on the campus of Northern Iowa. This new event will be open to wrestlers from K through 12 and will provide wrestlers the an opportunity to get some quality matches in before the Super 32 and USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals. Medals will be given to the top-six place winners in each weight class. In addition, all champions will receive a custom Barbarian Hat. Most Outstanding Wrestlers in each division will receive custom Barbarian Backpacks.
Grappler Fall Classic
East Lansing, MI
The Grappler Fall Classic will feature some of the top youth wrestlers in the country as the event annually draws wrestlers from all over the country. It’s the top preseason tournament in the Midwest as it provides a great opportunity for wrestlers to get mat time versus some quality competition.
Westgate Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
The Freakshow, hosted by RMN Events, is the top preseason wrestling tournament in the West as it features thousands of wrestlers from across the country. The event annually features a number of countries top youth wrestlers from the West Coast and this year should be no different as more than 3,000 wrestlers from 40 states will compete in this event.
USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals
Iowa Events Center (Hyvee Hall)
Des Moines, IA
The USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals features some of the best youth wrestling you’ll see this preseason. This year, more than 2,500 youth wrestlers from 36 states will travel to Iowa to compete in this year’s event. This event annually showcases some of the top youth wrestlers in the country and will be one of the first notable championships that the winners will capture this season.
Super 32 Challenge
Regarded as not only the toughest preseason wrestling tournament but also one of the toughest of the season, the Super 32 will kickoff on October 27. This is an event that a majority of the top wrestlers compete in and this year’s event will feature one of the top overall youth wrestlers in Marc Anthony-McGowan.
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