Dates set for Beach Wrestling Tour of America, fastest growing style of wrestling

Girls wrestling action at the 2022 US Beach Nationals. Photo by Robbert Wijtman

Beach wrestling is one of the fastest growing styles in the sport, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved this summer in the first-ever Beach Wrestling Tour of America. This tour will hit multiple locations across the United States with USA Wrestling-sanctioned beach events, including the epicenter of summer wrestling competition, Fargo, North Dakota.

Throughout the tour, points are awarded to winners, placers, and entrants in each tournament, and the wrestler with the highest cumulative score is crowned the tour champion. The winner will also have the opportunity to compete internationally.

Tour Champions will be crowned in the following age groups: 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U, 6U, 8U, Senior Men Beach, Senior Women Beach, U20 (JR) Freestyle, U23 Freestyle, USA Junior Beach.

North Carolina USA Wrestling Executive Director Ed Duncan is one of Beach Wrestling’s greatest advocates and has worked to develop the sport.

“Who doesn’t want to go to the beach? If you can combine wrestling and the beach, that’s the perfect combination,” Duncan said.

Beach Wrestling provides the perfect environment for fun and intense competition during the summer months. It allows parents and wrestlers to escape the walls of wrestling rooms and get outside to enjoy the sport under the sun. It’s also a great way to develop a young wrestler’s love for the sport while giving them a competitive edge.

Beach wrestling enhances skills for all styles and opens the door to overseas opportunities. On Saturday, May 21, at the 2022 US Beach Nationals tournament, the United States qualified four men and four women for the 2022 World Beach Wrestling Series, which will take place on five different scenic beaches in Europe. The international wrestling federation, United World Wrestling (UWW), is working to add women’s beach wrestling to the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. This would allow wrestling to achieve gender equity at the Olympics while continuing its commitment to the Greco-Roman style.

The 2022 US Beach Nationals tournament was the first stop on the Beach Tour of America. Next, the Music City Beach Bash in Spring Hill, Tennessee (June 4), followed by stops in Huntsville, Alabama (June 30), Fargo, North Dakota (July 15-20), Mystic, Iowa (July 23) and Biloxi, Mississippi (September 17). More locations will be announced soon. On June 12, the NorCal Beach Wrestling tournament will take place in Pacifica, California. This event is not part of the Beach Tour of America 2022 but is another great opportunity to try out the style.

Program of the Beach Tour of America 2022

June 4 – Music City Beach Party | Spring Hill, Tennessee
June 30th – Rocket City Rumble Beach Blast | Huntsville, Alabama
July 15-20 – 16U/JR/Fargo Summer Showcase National Beach Championships | Fargo, North Dakota
July 23 – KRAKEN Beach Wrestling Championships | Mystic, Iowa

Tentative Tour Dates

July 30 – Kentucky Beach Open | Louisville, Kentucky
August 7 – Midwest Beach Nationals | Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
August 14 – Tri-State Rejection | Cincinnati, Ohio
November 5 – California Beach National Finals

For more information on upcoming events, visit USA Wrestling Events

Robert J. King