USA Wrestling proud to partner with Air Force Special Warfare

by USA Wrestling and Air Force Special Warfare

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, (March 19, 2024) – USA Wrestling is proud to announce it has partnered with Air Force Special Warfare, who will join the USA Wrestling family as an official Armed Services Partner. Air Force Special Warfare will title sponsor two of USA Wrestling’s premier age group events: 16U and Junior Folkstyle Nationals and Junior National Duals. Additionally, AFSW has secured the presenting sponsorship of USA Wrestling’s esteemed Athlete of the Week series.

With the addition of Air Force Special Warfare to its partnership lineup, USA Wrestling has officially set its all-time record for annual sponsorship revenue.

“I can’t think of a more fitting partner for USA Wrestling than Air Force Special Warfare,” said Rich Bender, Executive Director of USA Wrestling. “We share so many values across our organizations, including discipline, hard work, perseverance, and integrity, and I have no doubt that this will be a hugely successful partnership for years to come. Wrestling already has strong ties to the Armed Services community, and the addition of AFSW is a natural fit.”

“Air Force Special Warfare is extremely excited to partner with USA Wrestling. Wrestlers are exceptional athletes that train relentlessly and with a determined mindset matched by few other sports. These are the types of individuals who are also successful Air Force Special Warfare operators, and we look forward to the opportunity to work and engage with so many who share the same attributes of our community,” said Lt Col Samuel Schindler, Air Force Special Tactics Officer.

The Air Force Special Warfare 16U & Junior Boys and Girls Folkstyle Nationals, which took place March 15-17 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, is the first stage of the of the USA Wrestling Triple Crown. This prestigious event exclusively features high school boys and girls divisions, displaying an exciting showcase of talent and fierce competition.  


The Air Force Special Warfare Junior National Duals, slated for June 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., is one of USA Wrestling’s most exciting age group competitions. State pride is at stake as teams representing USA Wrestling’s State Associations compete in the freestyle and Greco-Roman dual meet competition. All participating teams must be selected and attend through their respective state associations.

Athlete of the Week, presented by Air Force Special Warfare, highlights a featured USA Wrestling athlete each week, from any age group in any style. Athlete of the Week is posted across USA Wrestling’s social media platforms, and a full-length article is published on

About Air Force Scpecial Warfare

Air Force Special Warfare is the quiet professional force conducting global air, space, and cyber-enabled special operations across the spectrum of engagements with joint service and partner nations. We train to conquer any challenges our nation faces – from humanitarian, search and rescue or facing our adversaries anywhere in global conflict to protect allies and national interests.

About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and United World Wrestling, the international wrestling federation. USA Wrestling provides competition and programs for over 300,000 members of all ages, including athletes, coaches, officials, and club leaders.

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