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|USA Wrestling to host six Kids/Cadet Regionals in May and June|
By Michelle Thilges USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling will be hosting its popular Kids/Cadet Regionals in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling in May and June.
The nation's top youth wrestlers will compete for Regional honors, as well as an opportunity to compete on the national level later in the year.
USA Wrestling has six Kids/Cadet regions, where athletes from specific states compete in Regional tournaments in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.
For Kids wrestling, competition is for Bantam (7-8 yrs.), Midget (9-10 yrs.), Novice (11-12 yrs.) and Schoolboy/girl (13-14 yrs.) divisions.
Weight classes for Bantam, in pounds, are: 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75 and over 75, with a 15 pound maximum difference.
Weight classes for Midget, in pounds, are: 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 87, 95, 103, 112, 120 and over 120, with a 20 pound maximum difference.
Novice weight classes in pounds are: 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 120, 130, 140 and over 140 with a 25 pound maximum difference.
Schoolboy/girl weight classes in pounds are: 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, 125, 130, 145, 165, 185, 205, 225 and 250.
In Kids wrestling, an athlete must compete in the region which his/her state has been assigned. In order to compete at the Kids Regional, an athlete must qualify through his/her state association. Athletes who wish to participate must contact their state associations to determine the qualification requirements in their state.
In order to compete in the Kids Freestyle and Greco-Roman National Championships in Green Bay, Wis., July 5-8, an athlete must have been entered in his or her respective Kids Regional Championships.
Cadet wrestlers are 15 and 16 years old. There are six remaining Cadet Regionals. The Northwest Cadet Regional was held in March and was a qualifier for the Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., July 20-26.
For the second straight year, Cadet wrestlers can attend any of the Regional events they wish to.
In five of the remaining Cadet Regionals, the top three placewinners in each weight class at a Cadet Regional qualifies for their state team for the ASICS/Vaughan Cadet Nationals. The only Regional that is not a qualifier for the Cadet Nationals is the West Cadet Regionals in Klamath Falls, Ore.
To view fliers about each event, click the link below.
All athletes must register online for the Northeast Regional and the Southern Plains Regional to receive a discounted entry fee.
Participants who attend the Northeast Kids and Cadet Junior Regional must register by 12 p.m. EST on Friday, May 25. If participants are not registered by then, a late fee will be added to registration costs.
To register online for the Northeast Kids and Cadet Junior Regional, click the link below.
Participants who attend the Southern Plains Kids and Cadet Junior Regional must register by 1 p.m. CST on Friday, June 8. If participants are not registered by then, a late fee will be added to registration costs.
To register online for the Southern Plains Kids and Cadet Junior Regional, click the link below.
There are no refunds for failure to compete.
Weight classes for Cadets, in pounds, are: 84, 91, 98, 105, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 275.
KIDS/CADET REGIONAL SCHEDULE
May 25-27 - Central Kids/Cadet Regionals (FS/GR) at Columbus, Ohio
Contact Gwen Verhoff at 614-221-6060
May 25-27 - Southeast Kids/Cadet Regionals (FS/GR) at Charleston, S.C.
Contact Christine Moran at 843-297-0467
June 1-3 - Northeast Kids/Cadet Regionals (FS/GR/FK) at Fairfield, Conn.
Contact Mark Cammisa at 203-790-9209
June 13-17 - Northern Plains Kids/Cadet Regionals (FS/GR) at Waterloo, Iowa
Contact Steve Knipp at 319-415-4091
June 14-16 - Southern Plains Kids/Cadet Regionals (FS/GR) at Hays, Kan.
Contact Mike Juby at 620-663-1312
June 18-23 - West Kids/Cadet Regionals (FS/GR) at Klamath Falls, Ore.
Contact John Longfellow at 503-368-4223
KIDS REGIONS, BY STATE
Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Central: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia
Northern Plains: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Southern Plains: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming