Fort Worth, TX – USA Wrestling has chosen Fort Worth to host the 2023 USA Wrestling Senior Nationals, as well as its Folkstyle Tour of America Stockyard Stampede, December 15-17.
These championship events will take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Fort Worth was chosen as part of a competitive bidding process led by the Fort Worth Sports Commission.
“It has been our absolute honor and privilege to work with the amazing team at USA Wrestling over the years and we are extremely excited to once again welcome their athletes, coaches and fans to experience all Fort Worth has to offer,” said Jason Sands, Executive Director of the Fort Worth Sports Commission.
The Senior Nationals will feature the nation’s best wrestlers in the three Olympic disciplines, men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. More than 300 Senior-level athletes are expected to compete, in one of the most important events in the qualifying series for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in State College, Pa. in April. Fort Worth last hosted the Senior Nationals in 2019.
The Folkstyle Tour of America Stockyard Stampede has been hosted in Fort Worth every year since 2019 and has seen participation more than double. This is part of USA Wrestling’s annual Folkstyle Tour of America, which provided quality youth folkstyle wrestling competition in strategic locations across the nation. The Stockyard Stampede is expected to break records for participation with more than 1200 athletes as a new high school division will increase participation.
USA Wrestling and Fort Worth have partnered on a number of major events in the past, led by the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling, held in Dickies Arena in 2021. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials was an amazing achievement, held during the COVID-19 pandemic. By following specific health protocols and other procedures, USA Wrestling, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Fort Worth were able to allow spectators to witness the nation’s best wrestlers earn their berths on the Tokyo Olympic Team.
“USA Wrestling is pleased to partner with Fort Worth Sports Commission and the Fort Worth community once again. The Senior Nationals is one of the most important events in our qualifying series for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team, and we are confident that Fort Worth will once again showcase our sport at the highest level. We are also excited to continue to build the Stockyard Stampede youth event into a premier youth competition which serves the wrestling community in Texas and beyond,” said Pete Isais, USA Wrestling National Events Director.
In total, the USA Wrestling championship events will generate more than $1.5 million in Economic Impact for the city of Fort Worth.
The Senior Nationals website is live at https://usawrestlingevents.com/event/2400000502, and Senior Nationals registration has been opened up at https://www.usawmembership.com/usaw_events/2400000502?section=registration
Ticket prices for the event will be $60 for All-Session Adult tickets and $40 for All-Session Kids tickets.
About the Fort Worth Sports Commission
The Fort Worth Sports Commission advances the city as an international sports destination. A division of Visit Fort Worth, the Sports Commission attracts youth, collegiate, and professional events that deliver economic impact and boost Fort Worth’s image. The Commission supports the development of and access to facilities that enhance the quality of life for all of Fort Worth. For more information, visit FortWorthSports.com and follow on Instagram @FortWorthSports and their Twitter account @FortWorthSports.
About USA Wrestling
USA Wrestling is the national governing body for wrestling in the United States, and is a member of the international wrestling federation United World Wrestling and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. It has over 296,000 members across the nation, boys and girls, men and women of all ages, representing all levels of the sport. Its president is Bruce Baumgartner, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender. More information can be found at TheMat.com.