Minnesota’s Premier Wrestling Association

The Northland Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) aims to elevate the standard of youth folk style wrestling by organizing a series of tournaments that test the endurance and abilities of competitors. These tournaments, including a State-wrestling event similar to the MN State High School League, provide opportunities for wrestlers to showcase their skills and improve their level of competition. To qualify for the State tournament, a wrestler must earn a top-two finish at a District qualifier, and the top three wrestlers from the Regional Qualifier will move on to the State tournament. In the tournament, wrestlers will compete against opponents in the same grade level, with divisions for pre-school and kindergarten wrestlers, 1st and 2nd grade wrestlers, 3rd and 4th grade wrestlers, and so on up to 8th grade.

  1. Districts begin the weekend after MN State High School; renew or purchase your memberships now!
  2. NYWA will host an ALL-GIRLS tournament March 29-30 at Mayo Civic Center. There are no qualifying events; PRE-REGISTRATION is required and registration is open now through the member portal.
  3. COACHES: the deadline to register a 7-8 grade team is THIS FRIDAY, March 1st. Four team regions are next weekend and we need final counts in order to determine how many teams advance to each region.
    If your team is in regions 1, 3, 4 or 5, your finalized rosters are due Wednesday, 3/6. Region 2 finalized rosters are due Wednesday, 3/20.
    K-6 team deadline is Friday, March 8th and finalized rosters due the Wednesday prior to the tournament.!
  4. Interested in advertising in the NYWA State Tournament program, email us at info@nywa-mn.com to find out more.
NYWA Memberships – must have PRIOR TO DISTRICTS!
2024 NYWA Tournaments

NYWA State Tournament:

April 4-7; any wrestler who wants to qualify must wrestle at districts, advance to regions and then to state.  All wrestlers must have an NYWA membership PRIOR to districts.  Districts are open tournaments, scratch weights and typically 4-man round robins. If a wrestler advances to regions, they must choose their weight class when registering and cannot change weights should they qualify for state.

NYWA Girls State Tournament:

March 29-30; this is an open event and will consist of individual and team competition.  There are NO qualifying events and registration for this is currently open.  If a wrestler wants to wrestle as part of a team, they must contact the coach for the region where they live.  Additional coaches are needed and the contact list will be updated as they are added.  The girls do not need to register to be part of a team; coaches will register the team.

NYWA Memberships

Purchase or renew your NYWA membership for the 2023-24 wrestling season (membership fee $25).

2024 Tournament Calendar

MN State High School Wrestling:
February 29 – March 2
NYWA Early Bird: WEM/JWP – Feb. 11
Cloquet – Feb. 10
NYWA Districts: March 8-10 and March 15-17 (additional dates may be added)
NYWA Regions: March 22 – 23 (team dates will vary)
NYWA Girls State: March 29-30
NYWA State: April 4 – 7
Easter Sunday: March 31


View team and individual results along with special awards, broken down by region and state results.

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