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For release: October 6, 2023

Media accreditation now open for USA Wrestling national and regional events in 2023-24

USA Wrestling has opened up the media accreditation process for most of the national and regional events for the 2023-24 season.

Below is the list of recently opened events for media applications:

October 27-29 – Brian Keck Preseason Nationals/Boys Recruiting Showcase, Des Moines, Iowa

November 17-18 – FTA Northwest Bigfoot Battle, Spokane, Wash.

November 17-18 – Bill Farrell Memorial International, New York, N.Y.

December 9 – FTA King and Queen of the Mountain, Colorado Springs, Colo.

December 15-17 – Senior Nationals, Fort Worth, Texas

December 15-17 – FTA Stockyard Stampede, Fort Worth, Texas

December 30 – FTA Salt Lake Slam, Herriman, Utah

January 25-28 – Kids Folkstyle Nationals (Boys & Girls), Fort Wayne, Ind.

March 9-10 – FTA Dominate in the Dells, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

March 14-17 – USA Wrestling High School Folkstyle Nationals (Boys/Girls/Masters), Cedar Falls, Iowa

March 23-24 – Northwest Regional Championships 16U/Jr, Centralia, Wash.

April 12-14 - USA Wrestling Women’s National Championships, Spokane, Wash

April 24-28 – U.S. Open events/U20, U17, U15, Girls Showcase, Masters, Las Vegas, Nev.

May 9-11 – Western Regional Championships, Herriman, Utah

May 10 – Carolina Beach Wrestling Nationals/U17, U20, Senior Team Qualifier, Carolina Beach, N.C.

May 10-12 – Phil Portuese Northeast Regional Championships, Atlantic City, N.J.

May 17-19 – Frank E. Rader Southeast Regional Championships, Duluth, Ga.

May 17-19 – Central Regional Championships, Fort Wayne, Ind.

May 31 – June 2 – Southern Regional Championships, Mulvane, Kansas

July 12-20 – Junior/16U National Championships, Fargo, N.D.

August 9-10– USMC Beach Wrestling National Championships, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Note that the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling at Penn State, April 19-20, is NOT included in this list. A separate media application process for that event will conducted, with details to be announced shortly.

Also note that a few additional events will be added to the schedule, with media accreditation opened at a later date. Please go into your USA Wrestling profile and check for additional events moving forward.


  • In order to apply for event credentials, journalists will need to review and agree to USA Wrestling and FloWrestling Non-Rights Holder Footage Usage agreement, as well as USA Wrestling’s Media Credentials Regulations. These are posted in pdf format for your review, and journalists should read these documents closely. All those who receive credentials have agreed to both of these documents.
  • You must upload a headshot photo of yourself into your USA Wrestling profile before you will be able to submit your media credentials request.


All journalists seeking credentials will need to have create an account at https://www.usawmembership.com

Once a journalist has signed into their existing account, or created a new account, they will be able to proceed with the media accreditation request process. Once in your account:

  1. Go to the top of the website and click the “USAW Events” scrollbar
  2. Scroll down and click “Media Credentials”
  3. Click the button in the upper right corner entitled “Create Media Pool Request” or by clicking the “Manage Requests” button in your media request list.

Journalists will be asked to provide information including email, phone, state, media outlet, media outlet website and job function (which includes print journalist, print photographer, internet reporter, Non-Rights Holder Broadcast, Rights Holder Broadcast or Press Attache/SID). Applicants are required to place a photo in their USA Wrestling profile in order to complete their application. There are a number of required fields within this information portion of your profile.

At this time, journalists can click their request from numerous 2023-24 USA Wrestling events. Please make sure to click the correct event when applying. Journalists may apply for multiple events at the same time.

Once a journalist has submitted their media request, the person can come back at any later time and request additional events as necessary by clicking the Manage Requests button in their media request list.

Journalists will receive an email with the status of their media request, and other instructions on the background check or Safe Sport training as necessary. The U.S. Center for Safe Sport training includes watching an online video and taking short tests on the topics covered. There is no cost for the background check for individuals approved for the media pool.

Applying in no way guarantees that your agency will receive credentials. At many events, space may be limited and only a certain number of media credentials will be issued. A journalist might be approved for some USA Wrestling events and not for other USA Wrestling events.

Please apply for the background check right away, as it can take a week or more to be cleared.

Journalists seeking assistance in the application process can contact Gary Abbott of USA Wrestling at gabbott@usawrestling.org or call 719-659-9637 cell.Media accreditation now open for USA Wrestling national and regional events in 2023-24

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