Fargo has come and gone! This tournament was unlike any other previous edition of the 16U/Junior National Championships as we saw a handful of teams either win their first titles or break notable streaks to claim their championships. In addition, dozens of wrestlers etched their names into the Fargo record books as being national champions or All-Americans.
As is typically the case after big events, we perused through the results and noticed some fun facts about the results of this tournament (or six tournaments, in one).
Earlier we mentioned the Fargo “record books.” The unofficial record book from Fargo is Jason Bryant’s Fargo Almanac. None of these fun facts could have been noted without Jason’s countless hours of research. Please support his hard work and get an almanac, they are a must-have for Fargo fans and will be updated yearly. Each year also has new wrinkles and features.
With that out of the way, let’s have some fun!
It was an unusual year for team champions. Illinois claimed their first Junior women’s title on the strength of a title from Cadence Diduch (132) and three second-place finishes. Their previous high was third in 2022.
At the 16U level, Pennsylvania claimed its first women’s title ever. Prior to 2023, they had never finished higher than fourth.
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