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Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation to host 2021 Jon Davis Kids Open in Wisconsin Dells on May 1st – registration is open!

by USA Wrestling

The Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF), the state affiliate of USA Wrestling, is excited to announce the 2021 Jon Davis Kids Open will take place in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on May 1st.

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This tournament is named in memory of long time IKWF South Sectional Director Jon Davis (1942-2007). His tenure went from 1977 until 2007. Jon also started the Edwardsville WC in 1970 where he mentored over 100 youth wrestling coaches in what it takes to start and run a successful wrestling club. He was a husband, father, coach, teacher, and administrator. Jon's commitment to the IKWF and kids wrestling in general is the gold standard of excellence.

The IKWF has partnered with the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation (WWF) on hosting this event in Wisconsin Dells, as hosting the event in Illinois was not feasible due to COVID-19 restrictions. This will be the first event hosted by the IKWF during the 2020-21 membership season.

The tournament is open to USA Wrestling members who meet the age requirements of the tournament divisions as specified by the IKWF:

• IKWF Senior Elite –9/1/2005-12/31/2008

• IKWF Novice Elite – 1/1/2008-12/31/2010

• IKWF Intermediate Elite –1/1/2010-12/31/2012

• IKWF 13 & 14 Open – 1/1/2006-12/31/2007

• IKWF 11 & 12 Open – 1/1/2008-12/31/2009

• IKWF 9 & 10 Open – 1/1/2010-12/31/2011

• IKWF 7 & 8 Open – 1/1/2012-12/31/2013

All Elite divisions in the tournament will use pre-determined weight classes, whereas the age divisions noted with their ages will use Madison-style weight classes.

Registration will be capped at 900 athletes to ensure adherence to COVID protocols and to ensure the appropriate experience for all who participate and attend.

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For more information about the tournament, visit
Event Website

Woodside Dome in Wisconsin Dells will be hosting four high-level USA Wrestling sanctioned events over the course of four straight weekends. First, the 2021 UWW Cadet, U15 and UWW Futures Nationals will take place April 23-25, followed by the Jon Davis Kids Open on May 1st, then the WWF Freestyle & Greco-Roman State Championships on May 7-9, and finished with the 2021 Northern Plains Regional Championship from May 14-16. With the exception of the WWF Freestyle & Greco-Roman State championship, which is only open to Wisconsin residents, all other events are open to USA Wrestling members from across the nation.

About Wisconsin Dells: Named the Waterpark Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells is home to more waterparks per capita than anywhere in the world. The city is conveniently located on I-90/I-94, and is less than 3.5 hours from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Iowa City, Milwaukee, and the Quad Cities.