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Next 4-6 weeks bring myriad of events for HS-aged wrestlers

The next four to six weeks are going to be rather busy when it comes to high school-aged wrestling. There are many different types of events going on across all three styles (folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman). Some of the events are major, while others are less than major. All provide opportunity for scholastic-aged wrestlers to showcase their skills, as well as to grow and develop as wrestlers and young people.

In addition to the NHSCA National Duals, which take place this weekend in Virginia Beach, other events over the Memorial Day holiday weekend include USA Wrestling's Southeast Regional in Atlanta to be held on Friday through Sunday. This is an all level event, kids through Juniors and will have tournaments in all three styles. Also to be conducted will the NUWAY America's Cup tournament on Saturday and Sunday in Post Falls, Idaho.

The "big ticket" event for the first weekend of June is the UWW Cadet and University Nationals in Akron, Ohio. The Greco-Roman tournament at each level will be on Friday (6/3) with freestyle slated for Saturday (6/4) and Sunday (6/5). Fields in this tournament will be loaded, and there is qualification for a World Championship on the line in each event across levels and style. Also to be held is the Southern Plains Regional on Saturday and Sunday in Dodge City, Kansas.

The second week of June is anchored by the Schoolboy National Duals to be held at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. Greco-Roman competition is slated for Thursday (6/9) and Friday (6/10) with freestyle to be held on Saturday (6/11) and Sunday (6/12). Also on that weekend is the UWW Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles, though that is clearly not a scholastic-aged event.

The AAU Scholastic Duals (aka Disney Duals) take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is within the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando. Competition in the District divisions (all-star and developmental) take place from Sunday (6/12) through Wednesday (6/15), while the Community divisions (D1 and D2) take place Tuesday (6/14) through Friday (6/17). The list of committed teams is rather strong, and should yet again yield excellent competition.

Being held somewhat concurrent to the Disney Duals this year is the Cadet National Duals, which are in York (Pa.) during the third week of June. Greco-Roman competition is slated for Wednesday (6/15) and Thursday (6/16), with freestyle competition taking place on Friday (6/17) and Saturday (6/18). Father's Day is that next day, Sunday, June 19.

Team Oklahoma celebrates after defeating Team Illinois to win the Junior National Duals freestyle title in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Photo/Austin Bernard)
That following week will be the Junior National Duals in Tulsa, Okla. Greco-Roman is slated for Wednesday (6/22) and Thursday (6/23) with freestyle set for Friday (6/24) and Saturday (6/25).

At the conclusion of this stretch of wrestling, InterMat will unveil the initial grade rankings to reflect the 2016-17 period. Top 100 rising seniors (Class of 2017), top 50 Class of 2018, the extension to a top 50 for the Class of 2019, the initial top 25 for the Class of 2020, and the top 15 Junior High wrestlers (Class of 2021+).

Within the month of July, the ASICS Kids Freestyle and Greco-Roman Championships will be held July 6 through 8 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Greco-Roman will be on Thurday (7/7) with freestyle the following day, Friday 7/8. Rounding it out will be the annual Fargo event, the ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Cadet National Championships from July 16 through July 23.

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