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USA Wrestling creates Girls 16U and Junior Triple Crown, recognizing three national titles in same year

By Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling | Feb. 16, 2022, 2:33 p.m. (ET)

Shelby Moore of Washington, who won a number of USA Wrestling titles in the past. Photo by Austin Bernard.

USA Wrestling’s Women’s Age Group Council has created a new award for girls at the Junior and 16U level, the Triple Crown, which recognizes championship performances at these age group level.

A Junior girl or 16U girl will receive this coveted award if they win three USA Wrestling national titles in the same year at the following events:
• USA Wrestling Girls Junior or 16U Folkstyle Nationals
• USA Wrestling Junior or 16U Freestyle Nationals (in Fargo)
• National High School Recruiting Showcase or USA Wrestling Women’s Nationals (U15, U17 or U20).

The committee decided that an athlete gets credit if they win either the National High School Recruiting Showcase or the USA Wrestling Women’s Nationals because those events do not exactly match the Junior or 16U age division.

The events where athletes can get credit towards the 2022 Girls 16U and Junior Triple Crown are:
• USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals, Colorado Springs, Colo., March 18-20
• National High School Recruiting Showcase, Las Vegas, Nev., April 27-29
• USA Wrestling Women’s Nationals, Fort Worth, Texas, May 6-8
• USA Wrestling Junior and 16U Nationals, Fargo, N.D., July 16-20

To win the Junior Triple Crown, a wrestler must win the Junior division at the Girls Folkstyle Nationals and the Junior Nationals in Fargo, plus one of the other events.

To win the 16U Triple Crown, a wrestler must win the 16U division at the Girls Folkstyle Nationals and the 16U Nationals in Fargo, plus one of the other events.

The Women’s Age Group Council is working to develop a Triple Crown Award for girls in the younger age-group levels.

USA Wrestling has been providing Triple Crowns for boys at the 16U level since 2007 at the Junior level and since 2003 at the 16U level.

The events where athletes get credit for the 16U and Junior Triple Crown for Boys this year are:
• Folkstyle Nationals: 16U & High School Recruiting Showcase division
• Greco-Roman Nationals (Fargo)
• Freestyle Nationals (Fargo)