Nation’s best expected for U.S. Marine Corps Junior & Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., July 15-22

BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING

Alex Thomsen

FARGO, N.D. - Every year, the nation's best young wrestlers come together for the world's largest wrestling competition, the U.S Marine Corps Junior and Cadet Nationals at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, N.D.

This competition produces great stories of champions, many who go on to glory in college wrestling, and ultimately at the World and Olympic levels. This marks the 47th anniversary of the Junior Nationals event, which was first held in 1971 in Iowa City, Iowa.

The tournament is scheduled for July 15-22 and is expected to feature outstanding wrestlers in every weight class. USA Wrestling has official state association team standings in all the divisions held in Fargo, adding to the tradition of state wrestling pride exhibited at this event.

The U.S. Marine Corps Junior Nationals features high school wrestlers in grades 9-12. Every year, the Junior division features talented athletes who are proven winners, as well as many top young stars who are making names for themselves.

This year features a different schedule than in previous years. It opens with freestyle early in the week, with Greco-Roman in the second half of the week. The women’s competitions start later than previous years, and concludes with the Women’s National Duals at the end of the week.

Only seven wrestlers have won the coveted USA Wrestling Triple Crown on the Junior level since the program was created in 2007, earned by claiming folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman Junior National titles in the same year. The last two seasons, 2015 and 2016, there were no Junior Triple Crown winners at all.

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