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NCAA.com | March 16, 2015

Guests, participant parade set for youth showcase

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA/USA Wrestling Youth Showcase will be the final event in USA Wrestling’s 2015 Folkstyle Tour of America tournament series. The tournament will feature Bantam through Juniors, with a special Junior Women’s division added.

There are 22 states already represented by currently registered athletes, including: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Weigh-ins take place on Saturday evening at NCAA Fan Fest at Union Station from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. All participants must weigh in at this time.

All competition will be held on Sunday, March 22 at Lindenwood University. Bantam, Intermediate, Novice and Schoolboy divisions will wrestle first at 8:30 a.m., followed by Cadets and Juniors at 1:00 p.m.

The first 200 wrestlers to register for the event at Fan Fest will have the opportunity to partake in the inaugural NCAA/USA Wrestling Youth Showcase Participant Parade at Scottrade Center prior to the start of Session VI on Saturday, March 21. Parade participants will be given instructions at Fan Fest and must be escorted by an adult chaperone for the special access opportunity. Wrestlers and chaperones will be introduced and led onto the competition floor at 5:30 p.m. for a group photo before exiting the building.

Tickets are still available for the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Numerous wrestling heroes will make appearances at the 2015 NCAA/USA Wrestling Youth Showcase at Lindenwood in St. Charles, Missouri.

Special guests include 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner, as well as two-time world champion and four-time world medalist Adeline Gray. Varner was a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State University before his international career. Gray is currently the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the world at her weight class.

2006 world champion and U.S. National Freestyle Developmental Coach Bill Zadick will also be attending the event. Zadick was an NCAA champion for the University of Iowa.

Members of the University of Missouri wrestling team will also make a stop at the NCAA/USAW Youth Showcase just one day after the completion of the NCAA Division I Championships.

Additional special guests include two-time world silver medalist and Olympian Toccara Montgomery, as well as world silver medalist Mike Zadick.

Montgomery, who competed on the first U.S. Women’s Olympic Team in 2004, is the head women’s wrestling coach at Lindenwood. She was a women’s college national champion for the University of the Cumberlands. Zadick was a star for Iowa and a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

Wrestlers making an appearance at the event will be interacting with the crowd, signing autographs and assisting with the production of the event.

Wrestlers must book their hotel room through Anthony Travel prior to registering for the event. Anthony Travel has set up three hotel options for the event: Hampon Inn St. Charles ($109), Hampton Inn St. Louis/Westport ($99), and the Wingate Maryland Heights ($75). At this time, you will need to request a room reservation by contacting Kristin Lentz at KristinLentz@AnthonyTravel.com or at 214-234-3083. Please visit the Anthony Travel website for more information.

After booking hotel accommodations, wrestlers will receive a coupon code to register for the event. Wrestlers who live within 100 miles of Lindenwood and do not wish to stay in a hotel will need to contact Ryan Johnson at rjohnson@usawrestling.org to receive a separate coupon code.

Registration will be capped at 1,000 wrestlers, so athletes are encouraged to complete their entry as soon as possible.

If the event does not sell out, athletes can register online at TrackWrestling until 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Friday, March 20, 2015. The entry fee for participants registering online is $50.00 per athlete.

Registration information for the event can be found on the TrackWrestling website on the NCAA/USA Wrestling Youth Showcase registration page.

Tickets will be available online prior to the event. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 6-18). Children 5-years-old and under get into the event for free.

Tickets will also be available at the event as well. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for youth.

Coaches with a valid USA Wrestling coach membership may purchase a coaches pass online for $10 or at the event for $15.

The event will be webcast by USA Wrestling on the new Trackcast platform.

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