NYWA to host a State Tournament in 2021

Northland Youth Wrestling Association lost much of their 2020 season to the pandemic, including their flagship state tournament. The obstacles for holding a typical NYWA season in 2021 have been nearly impossible to overcome. So, despite the challenges, NYWA has figured out a way to provide an opportunity for youth wrestlers to compete this season – an NYWA State Tournament Open.

NYWA 2021 Tournament Announcement

We are very excited to announce that the NYWA State Tournament for 2021 will be taking place in Sioux Falls, SD at the Denny Sanford Premier Center from April 1st – 3rd.

Weigh-ins will be on Wednesday evening, March 31st for 5-8th grade individual wrestlers and 7-8th grade team wrestlers. These wrestlers will begin competition Thursday morning and conclude on Friday, April 2nd.

K-4th grade individual wrestlers and K-6th grade team wrestlers will weigh in Thursday evening. Competition for this age group will begin Friday morning and conclude Saturday, April 3rd.

Due to COVID-19 and the many restrictions throughout MN, we will not be able to hold any qualifying tournaments so this will be an open tournament.

Registration will open for all individuals and teams on Monday, February 15th at 9 am. Because this is an OPEN tournament, registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will close on Monday, February 28th at 8 pm. Initial registration will be for MN residents only. If there are any open weight classes or team spots, registration will then again re-open to residents in surrounding states.

South Dakota is allowing spectators (no limit) but everyone is required to wear a mask and wrestlers are required to follow the same guidelines as currently set forth in MN. All other NYWA rules for individual and team wrestlers will apply. Each wrestler will be required to have a current NYWA membership.

We realize this is not the ideal situation and this tournament will be different than previous years, but NYWA is eager to get young wrestlers back on the mat! Being that it is Easter weekend, we will conclude wrestling on Saturday so families can return home for the Easter Holiday. We will also provide information for local Church services for those looking to attend a Good Friday Service in Sioux Falls.

NYWA is confident that everyone is aware of the risk of COVID-19 and expect that everyone will make their own determination if this is something, he or she is comfortable attending. There will be NO refunds once a wrestler or team is registered.

The full itinerary will be posted by the end of the week on the NYWA website. Host hotels will be announced by Monday 2/8.

-NYWA

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