Utah takes center stage in youth wrestling event

By Brian Preece

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, June 24 2014 8:05 a.m. MDT

OREM — The ASICS USA Wrestling Kids Nationals tournament has returned to the Beehive State, as Utah Valley's UCCU Center is hosting the largest youth wrestling tournament in the United States.

"This is the Little League World Series for youth wrestling," said tournament director Cole Kelley, who expects over 1,000 entrants. "This event will bring forth the best of the best in youth wrestling from Hawaii to New York to Florida and about every state in between. It is an incredible opportunity for the wrestlers in our state to have this opportunity to have this event in our own backyard.”

Wrestlers will compete in both the freestyle and Greco-Roman styles of wrestling. The event will feature wrestlers ages 7-14.

Grappling began Monday and will conclude Wednesday. The championship finals for Greco-Roman will be at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday with the championship finals for the freestyle portion at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Brian Preece is a freelance sports writer who specializes in prep sports coverage.

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