Anthony Cassioppi of Illinois battles Brandon Metz of North Dakota in the 2017 USMC Junior National freestyle finals. Cassioppi won a Junior Triple Crown last year. Photo by Jim Thrall, MatFocus.com
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 Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State 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 48th anniversary of the Junior Nationals event, which was first held in 1971 in Iowa City, Iowa.
The tournament is scheduled for July 14-20 and will 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.