By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
The international wrestling federation FILA has revived the Cadet World Championships after more than a decade without hosting the event.
FILA Cadets are athletes who are 15-17 years old.
The 2011 FILA Cadet World Championships will be held in Szombethely, Hungary, August 25-28, 2011. The event will feature competition in the three Olympic disciplines of wrestling: men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman.
The U.S. Cadet World teams in men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman will be determined at the 2011 ASICS FILA Cadet National Championships in Akron, Ohio, April 20-23. The event will be held at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Fieldhouse at the University of Akron.
Athletes competing in the FILA Cadet Greco-Roman Nationals will weigh in on Wednesday, April 20 and compete on Thursday, April 21.
Athletes competing in the FILA Cadet Freestyle Nationals will weigh in on Thursday, April 21, and compete on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.
Wrestlers may try out for the U.S. Cadet World Team in both styles. This event is held alongside the University National Championships.
For more information on the ASICS FILA Cadet National Championships, visit the official website at:
FILA Cadet Nationals website
The U.S. Cadet World Team in women’s freestyle will be determined at the 2011 Women’s Body Bar National Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, May 13-15. The event will be held at Osceola Heritage Park – Silver Spurs Arena.
Women athletes competing in the Body Bar FILA Cadet Nationals will weigh in on Friday, May 13 and compete on Saturday, May 14. There will be a best-of-three finals series between the two women’s finalists in the FILA Cadet weight classes to determine the U.S. representative for the World Team.
This event is held alongside the Body Bar FILA Junior Nationals, as well as the Body Bar Kids Nationals.
For more information on the Body Bar FILA Cadet Nationals, visit the official website at:
Body Bar Women's Nationals website
Both of these events have been popular in the past, with large and talented field of competitors. It is expected to continue to grow and improve with spots on the U.S. FILA Cadet World Team up for grabs.
The last year which the Cadet World Championships were hosted was in 1999. That year, U.S. wrestlers winning Cadet World titles were Justin Lester in men’s freestyle and Mary Kelly in women’s freestyle. Both have since competed on U.S. Senior World Teams, with Lester winning two World bronze medals in Greco-Roman.
The U.S. has a long history of success in FILA Cadet World Championships, going back to mid-1970s. There have been 26 Cadet World men’s freestyle champions from the United States, 17 Cadet World Greco-Roman champions from the United States and two Cadet World champions in women’s freestyle from the United States.
Past Cadet World champions who went on to make U.S. Olympic teams are Eric Guerrero, Cary Kolat, Travis West and Jason Gleasman. Other Cadet World champions who qualified for U.S. Senior World Teams include Kelly, Lester, Kolat and Guerrero, plus Joe Melchiore and Cory Baze.