Elite high school boys eligible for National Recruiting Showcase in Des Moines, Iowa, October 27-29
For the second straight year, USA Wrestling’s popular Boys National High School Recruiting Showcase will be hosted in the fall, alongside the Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa.
These two events will be held again at Hyvee Hall at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, October 27-29.
The National High School Recruiting Showcase is intended to be an elite tournament with a restricted field, featuring athletes who college recruiters will be watching closely. Athletes must meet specific achievement criteria to be included in the field at “the Showcase.” Competition will be at a high level and fierce.
National High School Recruiting Showcase Automatic qualifiers:
- High School State Champions – Any year
- 2023 High School State Placers (22-23 school year)
- National Prep Champions
- USA Wrestling National All-American status Place 1st-8th: (Preseason Nationals, Boys and Girls National High School Recruiting Showcase, Women’s Freestyle Nationals, Girls and Boys Folkstyle Nationals, and 16U/ Junior Nationals)
- 2022/2023 U15 and U17 National Placer (Must be currently enrolled in High School)
- NHSCA Virginia Beach Placer (9th –12th grade Divisions ONLY)
There will be registration caps in place in Des Moines. There will only be a combined 1,900 entries allowed in the Boys National High School Recruiting Showcase, as well as the 9th-10th grade boys and 11th-12th grade boys divisions of the Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals. Therefore, all high school boys, regardless of tournament entered, are encouraged to register right away to guarantee your spot in this outstanding event.
Last year was the first year that the Boys National High School Recruiting Showcase was held alongside the Brian Keck Preseason Nationals, and the quality of the competition was excellent. The boys compete in folkstyle at the Showcase, which is the style in which they wrestle in college. (The Girls National High School Recruiting Showcase is in the spring, and is in their college style, which is freestyle).
Among the champions last year was Mack Mauger of Idaho (113), who was a 2022 Junior Triple Crown winner, and Jackzen Rairdon of Colorado (120), both who became two-time Showcase champions with their victories. The event was loaded with nationally ranked athletes, USA Wrestling national champions and All-Americans and dozens of state high school champions.
Every year, USA Wrestling keeps a running list of state champions who enter the Showcase, and last year, there were over 65 state champions in the field. USA Wrestling will begin tracking the state champions who have registered soon.
This event is perfect for clubs and high school teams. Athletes who qualify for the Showcase can enter that division, while teammates who do not qualify can enter the Brian Keck Preseason Nationals, either in the Grade 11-12 or the Grade 9-10 age levels. Everybody on the team will get a great competition that will be a good test and get them prepared for the high school season ahead.
Wrestlers competing in the Boys National High School Recruiting Showcase, as well as the two high school divisions of the Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals, can register and weigh in either Thursday night October 26 or Friday morning October 27. Competition will be held on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28.
If you register today (August 31) or tomorrow (September 1), you can still get the lowest entry fees available for this event through the pre-registration flash sale. The sooner you commit, the more you save on registration.
FLASH SALE Pre-Registration: August 21st - September 1st, 5:00 PM MT - $70 without hotel code, $60 with hotel code
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 29 at 5:00 PM MT - $80 without hotel code, $70 with hotel code
Online Pre-Registration Deadline: October 16th at 5:00 PM MT- $90
Late Online Registration Deadline: October 26th at 12:00 PM MT - $125
For more information, visit the official website:
2022 Boys National High School Recruiting Showcase champions
106 - Zaiyahn Ornelas (NE)
113 - Mack Mauger (ID)
120 - Jackzen Rairdon (CO)
126 - Kale Petersen (IA)
132 - Vincent Robinson (IL)
138 - Alex Braun (MN)
145 - Antonio Alvarado (IL)
152 - Christopher Minto (FL)
160 - Derek Johnson (KS)
170 - Brent Slade (IA)
182 - Mark Ayala (CA)
195- Karson Tompkins (TX)
220 - Albert Butler (GA)
285 - Rodney Trotter Jr. (TX)