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January Highlights and Key Dates

By Gabby Lord-Klein, 01/01/24, 8:45AM CST


Happy New Year! This month the focus continues to be on sanctioned youth events plus the next camp in our women’s freestyle series! Scroll on for events, more about the WWF spring tournament series, an opportunity to submit suggestions for our informational Zoom call series, and for the latest WI x Team USA highlights.


Sanctioned Events in WI (current Jan.)
Reminder: USAW Kids Folkstyle Nationals for boys and girls will be at the end of January.


Key National Events

  • Jan. 26th-28th - Boys and Girls Kids Folkstyle Nationals, Fort Wayne IN
    USA Wrestling’s Kids Folkstyle Nationals (boys and girls 8U-14U) will be on January 26-28. This is the first time Kids Nationals will be a standalone event, and the first time the event will combine competition dates for the boys and girls divisions. Read more about the event, 
    here. Kids Freestyle and Greco Nationals will be June 28-30 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


WFS Camp Series
We had some great turnouts at the first few camps in 2023! Our women’s freestyle series continues with camp on January 28th at Shiocton High School
Select here for more information about the WFS program, and here to register today. We truly believe year-round touchpoints and learning with the national team bring us one step closer to a championship program for women’s freestyle here in Wisconsin.


Website Updates
Get a jump on spring planning! Our website has been updated with information for the 2024 WWF State Tournament Series (select each link to redirect online). Note: the athlete pages will be updated in the next few weeks.


Upcoming Informational Zoom Calls
The WWF will host monthly informational Zoom calls for our membership from February to June. What would you like to know? Submit your topic suggestions 


WI x Team USA Highlights
We’ve officially crossed the threshold into an Olympic year! The 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris, France. For the opportunity to represent Team USA, wrestlers first have to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held in State College PA this April. Punching their tickets to the trials last month at the U.S. Open were Alex Dieringer and Connor Mirasola, both at 86 kilograms in men’s freestyle—read the recap from Senior Nationals 

The next domestic opportunities to qualify for the trials include select college nationals and the last chance qualifier to be held on April 5th. A total of 12 Wisconsin athletes have punched their ticket:

  • Men’s Freestyle: Alex Dieringer (86kg), Connor Mirasola (86kg), Mitchell Mesenbrink (74kg), Keegan O’Toole (74kg)
  • Women’s Freestyle: Alisha Howk (53kg), Macey Kilty (*65kg), Kylie Welker (76kg)
  • Greco-Roman: Brady Koontz (*55kg), Benji Peak (77kg) and Ben Provisor (82kg), Jesse Thielke (*63kg), Payton Jacobson (77kg)


We’re looking forward to an amazing year ahead!


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