Introduction & History
The December 2013, 29th Annual Northern Badger Wrestling tournament will truly be awesome! Last year’s tournament was a gigantic success and a great boost for the athletes, coaches, fans and our wonderful community. I am personally grateful to our own club, parents and volunteers. These people truly produce this event to be the colossal tournament that it is.
In 1985, several area coaches felt a holiday tournament was needed. These coaches started this tournament in Menomonie at the Johnson Field house with a 24-team field of competition. It has now grown to 39 teams from all over the state of Wisconsin. We do make a specific effort not to include any Minnesota teams; with the event highlighting our own Wisconsin programs. Recently, in the past few years, we made exceptions by including some other (not-so-near) states. In 2005, we had a team from Arizona and in 2006; we had a team from Chugiak, Alaska. The Chugiak’s won their state championship in 2005 and was looking for some tough competition. In their own words, they certainly found it here in River Falls. Chugiak finished runner-up. They were very grateful for the opportunity and impressed with our community and willingness to include them. Recently I had some conversations with a coach in Alabama about future participation. They are seriously considering it; however, timing and funds will ultimately tell what their future is.
After a quick scan of the coaches this year, 19 of them had been participants in this actual tournament. The tournament has only had three four-time champions and two of them are from River Falls, Kevin Black and Collin Cudd and Spring Valley’s Tyler Turner. All three of those wrestlers went on to be UW-Badgers and competed for their entire college career as varsity wrestlers. Throughout the years, I have had numerous college coaches and recruiters that have contacted me about athletes that compete in the Northern Badger tournament. Many athletes unknowingly gave themselves an opportunity to wrestle in college from those coaches that watched them at this tournament.
As I mention college wrestlers, did you know that River Falls Wrestling alumni - Brady Cudd, Joe Cudd, Kevin Black, Tony Black, Collin Cudd and Trevor Brandvold have all been wrestlers for the Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA Division 1) in the past? Those six wrestlers had 17 Northern Badger championship titles between them. This speaks extremely well of the tournament and this River Falls program.
I look forward to seeing all of you at this awesome event!
Yours in Wrestling, Dave Black
A Premier Wrestling Tournament
River Falls has been the host of this premier high school wrestling event since 1997. Since 2010 we have averaged over 435 wrestling participants, in addition to managers, coaches and other teammates.
The River Falls Wrestling booster club sets up, runs and also cleans after the event. The parent hospitality group provides a nice spread for all volunteer workers in a clean hospitality room. Badgerstatewrestling videotapes and produces the finals for Badgerstatewrestling.com.
For those families and fans that have yet to experience a very large wrestling tournament, this premier event will definitely provide extremely good experience and exposure right here in River Falls.
2013 Northern Badger Spectator InformationAll details subject to change; wrestling times are approximate.
- Adults - $10 (single day); $17 (both days).
- Students - $7 (single day); $12 (both days).
- Finals only - $5.
Weight Classes: 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, and 285
Tournament Day 1
8:45 AM Doors open for the public
9:10 AM Opening Ceremony
9:15 AM 1st round with "pig tails", 5 mats
12:00 PM 2nd round Consolation with “pig tails”, 5 mats
1:10 PM 3rd round – Championship side
3:15 PM 4th round – 2nd round of consolation
5:00 PM 5th round – 3rd round of consolation
6:30 PM Quarter finals – At the end of the day, there will be 12 left in each weight class
Tournament Day 2
- 9:15 AM Doors open for the public
- 9:50 AM National Anthem
- 10:00 AM Consolation Quarterfinals, 5 mats
- 11:00 AM Medal Placing Matches
- 12:30 PM Semi Finals, 2 mats
- 2:30 PM Medal Round (3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th places), 5 mats
- 4:30 PM Introduction of finalists
- After Introductions - Finals. We will pause; and award medals after the 126, 152, 195, and 285 lb. matches.
- After the finals - photographs:
- We will take a champion line-up photograph of the individual champions wearing their school warm ups while holding their chart and wearing their medals.
- We will then ask the first-place winning team to gather on the corner bleacher with their trophy for a team champion photograph. All teammates, coaches, and managers included.
Participant School Locations