Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament

Presented by Midwest Laborers

WEIGH-INS July 7, 2017, 5-8pm / TOURNAMENT July 8, 2017, 9am
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center


Dan Gable addresses the  2016 crowd

Welcome from NCAA Champion, Anthony Robles



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Mat sponsors

  • A-1 Seamless Gutters and Exteriors
  • Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission
  • Collins Roofing
  • Fresh-Soph State Tournament
  • G-Sports Wrestling
  • Grapple Monster
  • IL Coaches Association
  • IL Wrestling Coaches & Officials Assoc.
  • Ken Kraft
  • Mike Manahan - RE/MAX Choice
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame - IL Chapter
  • Pete Mueller
  • Scott Murphy
  • WIN Magazine


The Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament was created in 2004.  The Midwest Nationals attract local youth and other wrestlers from across the country on the second Saturday of July each year. 

The mission of the Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament is to provide a competitive, professionally-conducted amateur wrestling tournament, generate tourism to the Bloomington-Normal area, and promote the growth and development of the sport of wrestling.  Since 2004, the Midwest Nationals has strived to provide a positive, competitive environment for amateur wrestlers from 1st grade up through college and above.  In conjunction with community leaders and businesses, the Midwest Nationals creates an event that brings athletes and their families from all over the country to Bloomington-Normal to generate tourism and positively impact the local economy. 

We’ve also had a number of celebrity clinicians and guests over the years, including:

  • Cael Sanderson – 4-time NCAA Champion, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, 3-time national freestyle champion
  • Dan Gable – 2-time NCAA Champion, 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Kyle Maynard – Quadruple amputee, 2004 ESPY-Best Disabled Athlete, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Presidents Award for the Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, 2012 ESPY-Male Athlete with a Disability
  • 2007 U.S. Army Wrestling Team
  • Ben Peterson – 2-time NCAA Champion, 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist,  1976 Olympic Silver Medalist
  • Danny Hodge – 1952 Olympic Silver Medalist, 3-time NCAA Champion, the Dan Hodge Trophy is the amateur wrestling equivalent of the Heisman Trophy
  • Barry Davis – 3-time NCAA Champion, 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist
  • Anthony Robles – Born with one leg, 2011 NCAA National Champion, 3-time All-American


The Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament has always helped support some of the people and organizations which make Bloomington-Normal great. Our belief is by investing in our community, we contribute to a strong, healthy and bright future for children and families.  We have a strong history of giving back to the community by contributing resources to organizations that share our commitment to youth education, health, and wellness.

The Midwest Nationals has donated to a number of non-profit organizations and charities, including:

  • Bloomington-Normal area high school wrestling programs
  • Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association
  • Illinois Coaches Association
  • Ken Gerdes Foundation
  • Pape Foundation
  • The Miracle League of Central Illinois
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame - Illinois Chapter



Entry: Registration can be completed online at TrackWrestling or by paper form.  The paper form can be downloaded as a word document here, or as a PDF here.  Wrestlers should register for the grade that was most recently completed.

  • There are not predetermined weight classes for this event.  Weights will be blocked after weigh-ins are complete.
  • The form must be accurately completed and filed at registration. The entry fee will be $40 per individual.
  • There were 1,100 participants at the 2016 Midwest Nationals Tournament!
  • Registration is available on-site during weigh-ins on July 7th from 5:00–8:00p.m.
  • Cash and checks are accepted on-site (no online registration or credit cards accepted on-site during weigh-ins).
  • Wrestlers in divisions 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th grades should report to the Shirk Center at 8:00am, with wrestling beginning at 9:00am.
  • Wrestlers in divisions 9th/10th, 11th/12th grades, and college/open should report to the Shirk Center at 11:00am, with wrestling beginning at 12:00pm.


Tournament location

Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center
302 E. Emerson St.
Bloomington, IL 61701


Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission
3201 CIRA Drive, Suite 201
Bloomington, IL 61704
309.665.0033 | 800.433.8226


tournament director



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Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission