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New Mexico Governer has announced additional restrictions of businesses and activities due to the rise in Covid cases in the State.  Please stay informed of the latest news and take the appropriate measures to help control the spread of the virus.

USAW has recommended "Return to the Mat" guidelines.

As your teams and clubs start to prepare to practice and gather please make yourself aware of the precautions and requirements to start gathering once again...SMALL groups only at this time.

See for USAW guidelines (

Although the guidelines do not coincide exactly with the NM re-opening please use your best judgement and appropriate precautions.  See Return to the Mat - Phase 3: Public health authorities allow small group activities (less than 10 people), but public training facilities remain closed.

All the best,

New Mexico Wrestling - USA

From: Tony Black <>
Date: May 27, 2020 at 2:08:43 PM MDT
Subject: For release, May 27, 2020 - USMC Junior and 16U Nationals in Fargo, ND cancelled

For release, May 27, 2020 – USMC Junior and 16U Nationals in Fargo, N.D. cancelled, with focus turned to local, state and regional events

USA Wrestling has announced that the 2020 U.S. Marine Corps Junior and 16U National Championships at the Fargodome on the campus of North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D. has been cancelled.

The competition, recognized as the largest wrestling tournament in the world, had been scheduled for July 17-24.

With input from its state leadership as well as its COVID-19 Special Committees, USA Wrestling believes that this is the responsible thing to do in order to maintain the long term viability of the sport. As has been the case since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the health and safety of USA Wrestling members and the entire wrestling community remains the No. 1 priority for the organization.

Based upon information currently available, it was not feasible or prudent to host a major national championship in July, where participants will come from all different areas in the nation, many of which have vastly different local situations concerning COVID-19. High-performance experts indicate that it takes up to eight weeks to prepare for high-level competition, a factor which also went into the decision.

This year would have marked the 50th year that the Junior Nationals (high school) portion of the event had been held, with the first Junior Nationals hosted in Iowa City, Iowa in 1971.

USA Wrestling has either postponed or cancelled 21 national or regional events since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

USA Wrestling has consistently stated that the expected progression of wrestling activity will likely begin locally, based upon health and government regulations, then move on to state, regional and national activity.

With that in mind, USA Wrestling will focus on the working with its state association leadership to consider local, state and regional competitions in the upcoming months.

Any such activity will only be possible when held under the guidelines set by local and state health authorities and in compliance with the safety measures being developed for the sport.

On May 14, USA Wrestling published its “Return to the Mat Guidelines” document, which are guidelines and recommendations for the wrestling community as it makes decisions on a local level regarding when and how to safely resume wrestling activity. USA Wrestling is expecting to release its Return to Competition Guidelines document in the coming week.

Tony Black

USA Wrestling

Director of State Services

719.265.3665 (direct)

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From: Tony Black <>
Date: May 26, 2020 at 10:40:11 PM MDT
Subject: USA Wrestling Club Charter Update

Good evening,

Thanks for your continued involvement during the challenges we’ve all been facing during the COVID-19 situation nationwide. As discussed on last Monday’s call with state leaders, USA Wrestling is making club charters and additionally insured certificates available on a state-by-state basis for the remainder of the membership season.  Our intent is to only make charters and additionally insured certificates available once a state is at Phase 4 as defined in our Return to the Mat Guidelines that were released earlier this month.

In order for club charters and additionally insured certificates to be made available in your state, please respond by e-mail and include a link to the state government published guideline you are relying on.

As has been the case, state chairs (or their designee) will be notified when a club is chartered and is awaiting approval. Our expectation is that before being approved, it will be confirmed by the state chair (or their designee) that there are no further restrictions in the county in which the club is located. Once approved, USA Wrestling will then repeat the process to double-check before a club charter is approved an the certificate of insurance sent. 

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Tony Black

USA Wrestling

Director of State Services

719.265.3665 (direct)

719.659.9636 (cell)

719.598.9440 (fax)

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