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Register for USA Wrestling Brian Keck Preseason Nationals at an early bird discount, open now through October 1

by USA Wrestling

Early bird rates are still now available for the USA Wrestling Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals at a discounted price. This popular and growing national folkstyle event will be hosted at Hyvee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa, October 29-31.

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This event has sold out in previous years and we expect it to sell out this year as well. Currently, there are competitors from over 30 STATES registered this year’s tournament. Do not wait to register!

There will be no on-site registration this year. USA Wrestling does not charge for adjusting weight classes, even at weigh-ins, so sign up early to guarantee your spot in the event.

Brian Keck tragically passed away at the age 48 during a trip to Mexico in November, 2019. Keck worked with USA Wrestling to develop the Preseason Nationals in 2008, a major early season national folkstyle wrestling event for athletes of all ages. The first event was held in Des Moines, then spent nine years in Cedar Falls, Iowa, before returning to Des Moines in 2018. During its 12 years with Keck’s involvement, the competition grew in size and prestige. This event last year hosted 2,324 athletes with 46 states represented.


Here are the registration deadlines. Plan ahead and save money on your entry fee.

Early Bird Pre-Registration Deadline:

October 1st, 11:59PM ET - $60.00 no code needed.

Online Pre-Registration Deadline:

Sunday, October 25th at 11:59PM ET - $80.00 no code needed.

Late Online Registration Deadline:

Thursday, October 29th at 12:00pm ET - $100.00 no code needed.

Registration Caps for 2021*:

11th-12th grade boys: 725

9th-10th grade boys: 725

7th-8th and 5th-6th grade boys: 725

3rd-4th grade boys and 9th-12th grade girls: 425

1st - 2nd grade boys and 1st-8th grade girls: 425

2021 USA Wrestling Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals Event Schedule

The tournament kicks off at 10 a.m. (CT) on Friday with the two high school boys divisions (9th-10 grade and 11th-12th grade). The two high school boys division complete on Saturday, and the boys middle school divisions (5th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade), plus the 3rd-4th grade boys and the High School Girls divisions begin on Saturday. The event concludes Sunday with the all of the boys Middle School and youth divisions finals, as well as the girls High School and youth divisions finals.

Check the official event schedule to stay locked in on your favorite division.

Event Schedule


The top-eight winners in each division will earn USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals All-America status and receive custom medals. An Outstanding Wrestler will be awarded to one champion in each division.


• Teams will receive TWO complimentary coaches floor pass for every TEN athletes pre-registered into the Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals. In order to receive complimentary coaches floor pass, please email Christina Hargrove at by Friday, October 15th.

• Coaches Bands/Coach Limit: Coaches passes will be sold ONLINE ONLY for $25 until Wednesday, October 28th. To videotape any match at mat side, the operator must be the certified coach in the corner.

• Middle School and Below Coaches: Floor passes will only be issued to those individuals with a current USAW Leader Membership Card and are a minimum USAW NCEP Copper certified (photo I.D. required).

• High School Coaches: Floor passes will only be issued to those individuals with a current USAW Leader Membership Card and are a minimum USAW NCEP Bronze certified (photo I.D. required).


This coincides with the start of the 2021-22 USA Wrestling membership year, which opened up online on August 25 at Participants competing at the USA Wrestling Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals will need to have a new 2021-22 membership.


The event will be conducted following the requirements of the state and local health authorities, as well as using the safety provisions of the USA Wrestling Return to Events Guidelines. USA Wrestling and the local organizers will monitor data and local trends closely leading up to the event.

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National Club Duals:

Date: October 15th – October 17th, 2021

Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI
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Preseason Nationals:

Date: October 29th – October 31st, 2021

Location: Des Moines, IA
Event Website

Tour of America: King/Queen of the Mountain:

Date: November 5th-7th, 2021

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Tour of America – Battle of the Bell:

Date: November 5th-6th, 2021

Location: Manheim, PA
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Tour of America - Northwest Bigfoot Battle:

Date: November 19th-20th, 2021

Location: Spokane, WA
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For more event information, please visit:
Official USA Wrestling Events Website