USA Wrestling s spring season to kick off with regional championships

By Janessa Pierce | March 17, 2003, 12 a.m. (ET)
This year's USA Wrestling spring season will begin at the end of March with eight USA Wrestling Regional Championships scheduled across the nation for Cadet, Junior and Senior level wrestlers. These eight competitions include the Northwest, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, Central, Northeast, Northern Plains, Southern Plains and Western Regionals. The regional championships have traditionally been popular events, where athletes may test their skills and imporve their performance while competing against athletes from different states. The top three Junior placewinners in each weight class in every regional will qualify for their state teams at Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., July 20-26. Additionally, the highest placing U.S. athletes within each weight class at each Senior-level regional will qualify for the Senior World Team Trials, to take place in Indianapolis, Ind., June 20-22. There are three Senior Men's Regionals and two Senior Women's Regionals this year that are World Team Trials qualifiers. The season will kick off with the Tom Shaw Memorial Junior/Cadet Northwest Regional Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23 at Battleground High School in Battleground, Wash. Held alongside this event will be a local schoolboy/girl tournament. Please contact Event Director Merle Crockett at (360) 263-4947 for more information on this event. The Rocky Mountain Regional Championships for Junior/Senior Men and Women, along with the Schoolboy/girl championships, will be held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. from March 27-29. Contact Event Director Dave Rudrud at (608) 781-2096. The Southeast Junior Regionals are set for April 10-13 at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La. For more information contact Event Director Sam Harnsongkram at (504) 885-4869. The Central Junior Regionals will be held at Jeffersonville High School in Jeffersonville, Ind., April 12-13. For more information on this event, contact Event Director Mike Dowden at (317) 780-1885. The Northeast Junior/Senior Men's Regionals will be held in conjunction with the Brockport cadet Festival at the Tuttle North gym in Brockport, N.Y., April 11-13. If you would like more information, contact Event Director Don Murray at (585) 395-5360. The Northern Plains Junior/Senior Men's and Women's Regionals will take place April 16-19 at the LaCrosse Civic Center in LaCrosse, Wis. For more information contact, Dave Rudrud at (608) 781-2096. The Southern Plains Junior Regionals will be held April 18-19 at Union Intermediate School in Broken Arrow, Okla. The Union Cadet/Kids Tournament will be held alongside this event. For information, contact Archie Randall at (405) 376-9293. The Western Junior Regionals wil be held in conjunction with the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., May 6-9. For more information on either event, contact larry Barnson at (702) 361-5017. All official entry blanks are available online at and will provide additional event and lodging information. For additional questions, contact the event director of each competition. CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORMS.