Beach wrestling season heats up with many summer competitions

By UL | June 11, 2009, 1:34 p.m. (ET)
Action at the 2008 U.S. Beach Nationals as Trevor Chinn and Ray Downey battle in the ring

USA Wrestling's Beach wrestling season is upon us, as athletes of all ages are heading to the beach to test themselves in one of the most popular new styles of wrestling.

Events have already been held in New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia, and many more tournaments are expected to be hosted in the upcoming weeks.

This weekend, the wrestling community in North Carolina is very excited with the hosting of the first North Carolina State Beach Wrestling Championships, set for Saturday, June 13 at Carolina Beach, N.C. Wrestlers from across the Southeast region are expected to come to this event and enjoy a competitive day of wrestling on the ocean.

The Carolina Beach area is a family friendly beach area located just minutes from Wilmington, NC. The area is known as "Pleasure Island," and is home to the North Carolina Aquarium, Historic Fort Fisher, and other attractions. Carolina Beach will be bringing in amusement rides to the boardwalk area. This tradition dates back to the 1950s and helped make Carolina Beach one of the favorite beaches in North Carolina. There will also be a Battle of the Bands event taking place on the boardwalk during and after the tournament.

For more information on the North Carolina State Beach Championships, CLICK HERE

Two traditional beach wrestling competitions on the East Coast have been sanctioned again for this summer.

The 3rd Annual Battle on The Beach is set for Friday, June 26 at Naragansett Beach in Rhode Island. The event has been well received in New England, and also offers a good practice opportunity prior to the Beach National Championships.

To download the event flier for the Battle on The Beach, CLICK HERE

The 4th Annual Hampton Beach Wrestling Tournament will be held on Sunday, August 1st at Hampton, N.H. This has also become a traditional wrestling event in the region.

For more information on the Hampton Beach Tournament, CLICK HERE

The Beach Wrestling National Championships, World Team Trials and National High School Duals will take place later in the summer, set for July 17-19 in Rochester, N.Y at Ontario Beach Park.

At the U.S. Beach Nationals on Saturday, July 18, wrestlers are encouraged to test themselves against the nation's best, with national titles up for grabs in the Schoolboy, Cadet, Junior, Senior and Veterans divisions.

On Sunday, July 19, the Beach World Team Trials will be held for Senior Men and Women. The top three in each weight class from the U.S. Beach Nationals held on Saturday will be eligible to compete in the World Team Trials. The competition will serve as the qualifying event for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Beach Wrestling Championships in Bulgaria,

To visit the U.S. Beach Nationals website, CLICK HERE
To register online for the U.S. Beach Nationals, CLICK HERE

Also scheduled for Sunday is the National High School Beach Duals, a popular event which features high school club teams competing in dual meets.
For complete information on the National Beach Duals, CLICK HERE

Beach Wrestling was added as a new style of international wrestling, starting in 2005. The first World Beach Wrestling Championships was held in 2006. Athletes compete on sand, in a style that features takedowns within a ring. The sport has been growing in popularity across the nation.

Anybody who wants their sanctioned USA Wrestling beach events included in this schedule should contact Gary Abbott at

(as of June 8)

Saturday, June 13 - North Carolina State Beach Wrestling Championships at Carolina Beach, N.C. Set for the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Four age groups for men and two for women. Contact Ed Duncan, or call 828-765-8588.
Event website
Event flyer

Friday, June 26 - 3rd Annual Battle on The Beach at Naragansett, R.I. Set for the Narragansett Beach North Pavilion. Divisions: Novice, Junior, University, Veterans. Contact Mike Millen at 401-783-6544 or Rico Lomastro at 401-641-1583.
Event website
Event flyer

Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 - USA Wrestling Beach National Championships and World Team Trials at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester, N.Y. Divisions: Schoolboy, Cadet, Junior, Senior and Veterans. The U.S. World Team Trials determines the U.S. team for the Beach World Championships in Bulgaria. Contact Event Director Lou Lombardo at or call 585-313-8503
Event website
Register online

Sunday, July 19 - National High School Beach Duals at Rochester, N.Y. A popular team dual meet competition for high school teams and clubs.
National Beach Duals event packet

Sunday, August 1 - 4th Annual Hampton Beach Wrestling Tournament at Hampton, N.H. Divisions: Junior High School, High School, Open, Women. Contact: Robert Benicasa. or call 603-969-9341.
Event website