Nation’s best expected at ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., July 14-21

FARGO, N.D. – Every year, the nation’s best young wrestlers come together for the world’s largest wrestling competition, the ASICS/Vaughan Junior and Cadet Nationals at the FargoDome in Fargo, N.D.

This competition produces great stories of champions, many who go on to glory in college wrestling, and ultimately at the World and Olympic levels. This marks the 42nd anniversary of the Junior Nationals event, which was first held in 1971 in Iowa City, Iowa.

The tournament is scheduled for July 14-21 and is expected to feature outstanding wrestlers in every weight class. Continue reading at

Greco-Roman wrestler Chas Betts paid full price for his London ticket

Chas Betts knows about the sacrifices required to achieve his dream of making the U.S. Olympic team.

So does his wife, Kristi.

Chas and Kristi spent the first year of their marriage living about 980 miles apart, Chas at the U.S. Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., Kristi in Minneapolis, working for an accounting firm. Continue reading at

Chas Betts: Designing A Champion

Google any Olympic wrestler and you’re bound to find a link to thier personal website, which likely details accomplishments in the sport, fundraising opportunities and articles following their journeys to London. Google U.S. Greco-Roman 84kg representative Chas Betts, and the top return is a site for Chas Betts – Motion Designer. A simple introduction appears at the top. “Hi. My name is Chas Betts and I am a motion designer. Please enjoy my projects and take a look at my blog to see what else I am up to when I’m not animating.” Before hitting the back button in discouragement, you’ll notice that a number of the high-quality videos on the site feature rubber mats and multi-colored rings. Chas Betts the Motion Designer also happens to be Chas Betts the Olympic wrestler. Continue reading at