USA Wrestling s popular Junior and Senior Regionals to begin in March

By Erin Phipps | March 07, 2006, 2:38 p.m. (ET)
Beginning in March, high school wrestlers will have the opportunity to compete in against other wrestlers across the country in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling in the popular USA Wrestling Junior Regional Championships.

There are eight Junior Regionals held all over the nation. Athletes are allowed to participate in any Junior Regional they choose, regardless of where they live.

To wrestle in the Junior Regionals, participants must be born on or after Sept. 1, 1986 and be currently enrolled in grades 9-12. The weights for the Junior Regionals are: 98 lbs., 105.5 lbs., 112 lbs., 119 lbs., 125 lbs., 130 lbs., 135 lbs., 140 lbs., 145 lbs., 152 lbs., 160 lbs., 171 lbs., 189 lbs., 215 lbs. and 275 lbs. (there are no women's regional events on the age-group level).

Wrestlers placing in the top three of their weight class at a Junior Regional will qualify for their state team at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D. that takes place July 22-29.

The three Senior Regionals, located in the Rocky Mountain, Northeast, and Northern Plains regions, will coincide with the Junior Regionals. To wrestle in a Senior Regional competition, participants must be 18 years old and older, or have been born in 1987-1988 with a medical certificate. The weight classes for Seniors are: 121 lbs., 132 lbs., 145.5 lbs., 163 lbs., 185 lbs., 211.5 lbs. and 264.5 lbs.

The two Senior Women's Regionals that are qualifiers for the World Team Trials are the Rocky Mountain Women's Regionals in Laramie, Wyo., Mar. 23-25 and the Northeast Women's Regionals in Brockport, N.Y., Apr. 21-23. All participants in these two events must be 17 years old and older, or have been born in 1987-1989 with a medical certificate and be citizens of the U.S. The weight classes for Senior women are: 105.5 lbs., 112.25 lbs., 121 lbs., 130 lbs., 138.75 lbs., 147.5 lbs. and 158.5 lbs. There will be no women's division at the Northern Plains.

The Rocky Mountain and Northern Plains Regionals are qualifiers for the World Team Trials for the men wrestlers. Only U.S. citizens are allowed to participate in these two Regionals. Champions in each weight class qualify for the World Team Trials in Sioux City, Iowa, May 27-28. There will also be a Senior men's division at the Northeast Regionals.

A summary of the regional competition follows, in order of date.

The Rocky Mountain Junior and Senior Regionals will take place first, March 23-25, in Laramie, Wyo. at the War Memorial Fieldhouse. For more information, contact event director Tom Turchetta at 307-766-4092.
The Southeast Junior Regionals have moved from New Orleans, La. to Brandon, Fla., and will take place March 31-April 2. To receive more information, contact event director Bill Grant at 877-233-3292.

The Northwest Junior Regionals will take place March 31-April 2 at Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, Wash. Contact event director Merle Crockett for more information at 360-263-4947.

The Central Junior Regionals will take place April 8-9 in Jeffersonville, Ind. at Jeffersonville High School. Contact event director Louis Rosbottom at 812-284-1652 for further information.

The Western Junior Regionals will take place on April 12-14 in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, contact event director Larry Barnson at 702-361-5017.

The Northeast Junior and Senior Regionals, April 21-23, will be located at the Tuttle North Gym in Brockport, N.Y. For more information, contact event director Don Murray at 585-395-5360.

The Southern Plains Junior Regionals in Hutchinson, Kan. will take place April 28-29. The event will be located at the Salthawk Activities Center. Contact event director Mike Juby at 620-663-1312 for more information.

The Northern Plains Junior and Senior Regionals will take place in Young Arena, May 4-6, in Waterloo, Iowa. Contact event director Steve Knipp at 319-291-6191 for further information.

Junior Regional Schedule
March 23-25- Rocky Mountain Regionals (FS/GR) at Laramie, Wyo.
March 31-April 2 - Southeast Regionals (FS/GR) at Brandon, Fla.
March 31-April 2 - Northwest Regionals (FS/GR) at Battle ground, Wash.
April 8-9 - Central Regionals (FS/GR) at Jeffersonville, Ind.
April 12-14 - Las Vegas/ASICS Western Regionals (FS/GR) at Las Vegas, Nev.
April 21-23 - Northeast Regionals (FS/GR) at Brockport, N.Y.
April 28-29 - Southern Plains Regionals (FS/GR) at Hutchinson, Kan.
May 4-6 - Northern Plains Regionals (FS/GR) at Waterloo, Iowa.

Senior Regional Schedule
March 23-25 - Rocky Mountain Regional Championships (FR/GR/WM FS) at Laramie, Wyo.
April 21-23 - Northeast Regional Championships (FS/GR/WM FS) at Brockport, N.Y.
May 4-6 - Northern Plains Regional Championships (FS/GR) at Waterloo, Iowa