Beach wrestling at the 2028 Olympics? Perhaps!! Attend the US Beach Nationals in Carolina Beach on May 21 and give it a try

There are plenty of great reasons to attend the 2022 USA Beach National Championships, which return to scenic Carolina Beach, North Carolina on Saturday, May 21.

Beach wrestling is fun. Beach wrestling is a tough and competitive sport. Beach wrestling can help you improve your skills in other styles of wrestling. Beach wrestling can lead to overseas competitions. And, once again, wrestling on the beach is fun.

But there is another very, very good reason. United World Wrestling (UWW), the international wrestling federation, is working to add women’s beach wrestling to the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. This proposal would allow wrestling to achieve gender equity at the Olympics, while continuing its commitment to Greco-Roman wrestling.

Will this actually happen? It really is possible. UWW has repeatedly told USA Wrestling recently that this is their quest, and the proposal is being considered by the International Olympic Committee. UWW has a strong commitment to beach wrestling. The honest answer to this question is maybe!!!

At the 2022 US Beach Nationals in Carolina Beach, national champions will be crowned in the following age categories: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, Junior, Senior Men, Senior Women and Masters.

Register for the 2022 US Beach Nationals

The 2022 US Beach Nationals are part of the qualification process to send US athletes to the 2022 Beach World Series events in Europe for senior men and women athletes. The Beach Worlds Series stops this year include Turkey, Spain, France, Greece and Romania. (see the 2022 Beach World Series schedule below). Registration deadlines are coming soon for Spain and France. Athletes interested in competing should contact Gary Abbott at [email protected]

The Beach World Series in 2022 is expected to be part of the qualification process for the ANOC 2023 World Beach Games in Indonesia. This is a major event supported by the IOC and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

USA Wrestling is also working to organize a large and strong team of young men and women to compete in the 2022 U17 & U20 World Beach Championships, which will take place in Constanta, Romania, from September 23-24. In 2021, the United States sent its largest delegation of age group athletes to the World Beach Championships.

This year’s USA Beach Nationals will be the first event of the soon-to-be-announced 2022 Beach Tour of America, which will feature both US-sanctioned and local beach competitions taking place across the country.

There is still time to register and plan to meet on Carolina Beach for a great competition. This is the perfect time to test yourself in a sport considered for Olympic status.

2022 US BEACH NATIONALS CALENDAR
In Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Friday May 20

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – OPTIONAL Beach Wrestling National Championship registration and weigh-in ALL DIVISIONS except Senior at the Lazy Pirate Sports Bar (www.driftersreef.com)

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Coaches and competitors meeting at the Lazy Pirate Sports Bar (www.driftersreef.com)

Saturday May 21

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – National Senior Men’s and Women’s Beach Wrestling Championship Weigh-ins (Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage)

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – National Beach Wrestling Championship Registration and Weigh-In ALL OTHER DIVISIONS (Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage)

10:45 a.m. – Rules Clinic (ALL competitors must show up)

11:00 a.m. til finish – National Beach Wrestling Championships

6:00 p.m. – Post-Tournament Social, 811 Harper Ave., Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Beach Wrestling World Series 2022 Schedule and Entry Deadlines
May 28-29 – Ortaca (TUR) | Sarigerme Beach – the deadline has passed
June 18-19 – Sanxenxo (ESP) | Silgar Beach – May 17 registration deadline
01-02 July – Saint Laurent du Var (FRA) | Cousteau Beach – May 31 registration deadline
09-10 July – Katerini (GRE) | Paralia Beach – June 7 registration deadline
03-04 September – Constanta (ROU) | Mamaia Beach – deadline not yet announced

Robert J. King