Wrestling may be out of the 2020 Summer Olympics for now, but despite this oversight, the ancient sport of strength is still being celebrated at length in the Chicago area. That’s why Navy Pier is proud to open its doors once again to the World Sport Wrestling Festival this April, the largest all-ages tournament in the Chicago area!
The festival is sponsored by Worlds Sport Chicago, a nonprofit organization that benefits youth and at-risk communities with sports like archery, track and field, family sports, 5Ks, and of course wrestling! World Sport Chicago has been a key supporter of wrestling for communities across the Chicago area, and is joined by USA Wrestling, the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation, the Chicago Wrestling Club, and Beat the Streets- Chicago to bring some fun athletics to the Pier!
If you’re a wrestler, the festival has open registration, meaning youth and adults of all ages and experience levels can step up and try their hand at pinning. There are three divisions: youth, high school, and senior for both the free-style and folk style tournaments, which are held in a four person, locked weights, round robin format, with three 90 second periods. Medals will be given out for first and second place.
For those that simply want to watch and support good wrestling, and perhaps not partake, admission is free! Plus, the day will also feature an exhibition match between Team Chicago and Team Iowa. It’s sure to be exciting and something you won’t want to miss! We won’t tell you who we’re rooting for …
So come down to Navy Pier on April 27 to support the great sport of wrestling and to help World Sport Chicago continue its mission in keeping this sport alive within our youth and at-risk communities. Who knows, maybe you’ll catch the wrestling bug while you’re there!