The world’s largest wrestling tournament will begin this Saturday, July 17 in Fargo, North Dakota in the FargoDome.  Wrestlers from across the country will compete in men’s and womens freestyle in the Cadet and Junior division as well as Greco-Roman for men in the Cadet and Junior level.

With the cancellation of the tournament last year there is a lot of excitement and anticipation about Fargo this year.  I believe we are all expecting one of the greatest tournaments ever. There were over 5,000 entries in the 2019 tournament in Fargo and I expect that number to increase this year.

The action on Monday, July 19 will be amazing starting with the Quarterfinals in Juniors followed by the Cadet Finals and then wrapping up a huge day with Junior Semifinals.  That will be one action packed day.

With the long shutdown for recruiting in 2020 and into 2021, there will be added intensity this year as we watch the wrestlers compete to establish themselves as the best in the country. Fargo will be an amazing display for recruiting. 

As a college recruiter you could not ask for a better platform to evaluate all of the great talent that is available across the country.  I am sure nearly all D-I programs will be present with at least one coach to recruit and evaluate the talent.

Iowa Wrestling will be well represented with Assistant Coach Ryan Morningstar as the head freestyle coach for Team Iowa.  Morningstar led Team Iowa to their first Junior Duals National title in sixteen years a few weeks ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Team Iowa is loaded in Freestyle talent for both Cadet/16U and Juniors.  I expect quite a few D-I recruits to come out of Iowa over the next 3-4 years and the most in at least ten years.

I will keep you up to date right here with results on our incoming Iowa Wrestling recruits that are competing at Junior Nationals. 


Schedule for Fargo

Saturday, July 17

Cadet/16U Freestyle Preliminaries and Consolations: 8 AM – 1:30 PM

Cadet/16U Freestyle Preliminaries, Quarterfinals and Consolations: 3 PM – 7:30 PM


Sunday, July 18

Men’s Junior Freestyle Preliminaries and Consolations: 8 AM – 1:30 PM

Cadet/16U Freestyle Semifinals and Consolations: 4:30 PM – 9  PM

Men’s Junior Freestyle Preliminaries and Consolations: 4:30 PM – 9  PM


Monday, July 19

Men’s Junior Freestyle Quarterfinals and Consolations: 9 AM – 1 PM

Cadet/16U Freestyle Consolation and Consolation Semifinals: 9 AM – 11 AM

Cadet/16U Freestyle Finals and Medal Matches: 1:30 PM – 4 PM

Men’s Junior Freestyle Semifinals and Consolations: 5 PM – 8:30 PM


Tuesday, July 20

Men’s Junior Freestyle Finals and Medal Matches: 1 PM – 3:30 PM


It is great to be an Iowa Wrestling fan.

Go Hawks!