The road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics stops in downtown Fort Worth December 20-22, 2019

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 18, 2019) – USA Wrestling, the governing body for wrestling in the United States, has named Fort Worth, Texas, as the host city for the 2019 Senior National and Tour of America: Stockyard Stampede. This two-part event is set to take place in the Fort Worth Convention Center (FWCC) December 20-22, 2019.

The Senior Nationals, which is the National Championships for Olympic-style wrestling, will showcase the nation’s best athletes in the three Olympic events: men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. This event is the most important event in the 2020 Olympic Trials qualifying process. The top five finishers in each of the 18 Olympic weight categories will earn a spot in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, wrestling at Penn State, April 4-5, 2020.

The Fort Worth Sports Commission and the FWCC were awarded the title of host after a highly competitive bidding process.

“USA Wrestling is a powerhouse when it comes to the U.S. Olympic landscape and we are extremely honored to be able to host such a prestigious event here in Fort Worth,” said Jason Sands, director of the Fort Worth Sports Commission. “We couldn’t do this without the support of our local Texas USA Wrestling representatives. Winning this bid is a true testament to their efforts and USA Wrestling’s confidence in Fort Worth to deliver a championship experience to their athletes and coaches.”

The event will also feature Folkstyle wrestling for middle school athletes and below in the Stockyard Stampede, a brand new event for USA Wrestling expected to draw an estimated 500 participants. “USA Wrestling is excited to begin our 2020 Olympic Trials process in Fort Worth, Texas,” said Pete Isais, director of national events for USA Wrestling. “The Fort Worth Sports Commission has been instrumental throughout our planning process. Our athletes, coaches and fans will enjoy the proximity of hotels, numerous meal options and competition venue within a walkable distance.”

The combo event is expected to have an estimated economic impact of more than $700,000 in direct spending. For more information about USA Wrestling, click here and for the latest sports news and updates visit FortWorth.com/sports and follow @FortWorthSports on Instagram and Twitter.

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About Fort Worth Sports Commission
The Fort Worth Sports Commission advances the city as an international sports destination. A division of Visit Fort Worth, the Sports Commission attracts youth, collegiate and professional events that deliver economic impact and boost Fort Worth’s image. The Commission supports development of and access to facilities that enhance the quality of life for all Fort Worth. Upcoming events include National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships, USA Table Tennis US Open, USA Wrestling Senior Nationals and the AAC Men’s Basketball Championships. For more information, visit www.FortWorth.com/Sports. Official announcement launching the Fort Worth Sports Commission coming November 2019.

About Visit Fort Worth
Visit Fort Worth is the official destination marketing organization of the 13th-largest city in the United States and is dedicated to enhancing Fort Worth’s image, economy and quality of life through business, sports and leisure tourism. Fort Worth is a destination with a rich Western heritage and a dedication to urban renewal. The city is home to the famed Stockyards Historic District, the lively downtown Sundance Square, a renowned Cultural District and many distinct districts, attractions and sporting events. For more information, visit www.FortWorth.com