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Takedown the Tumor Nationals

November 21

Registration for this event is now open. The deadline for registration is November 17, 2021 at 11:59pm. No late registrations will be accepted and no double bracketing will be allowed (exception: girls can wrestle in both boys and girls divisions)! Advance spectator tickets and floor passes for coaches can be purchased online now as well.

***Weights from the Kickoff Classic in Tulsa will be accepted in lieu of Takedown the Tumor Weigh-Ins. Please email us if you are choosing this option so we know not to expect you at weigh-ins. ***

There are opportunities to sponsor the event as well as volunteer! Wrestlers, coaches and spectators are able to pre-order Takedown the Tumor Nationals swag! The event flyer includes all the information about the event. Click below to get more information!

The awards for Takedown the Tumor Nationals are top-notch! Check out the video below of Kieran displaying the first place four-foot trophies, medals for second through sixth place, and the team trophies!

Stay up to date on everything by following the Takedown the Tumor Nationals Facebook page.

Wrestlers that fundraise $150+ for the Team Jack Foundation by November 5, 2021, will have their entry fee refunded. Additional rewards for fundraising dollars raised beyond $150 are pictured above! Each wrestler will have the opportunity to set up their fundraising link following registration or can do so by clicking the ‘START FUNDRAISER’ button below.

Fundraisers are not just for wrestlers! In addition to sponsoring or participating in Takedown the Tumor Wrestling Tournament, help us raise additional research funds by becoming a social fundraiser! Please note: only registered wrestlers are eligible for fundraising prizes.

Setting up your fundraiser just takes a few minutes. Then you can start sharing the link on your social media channels and ask your friends and family to support or efforts for this cause!

Event Details

What: The 1st Annual Takedown the Tumor Nationals Wrestling Tournament
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Location: UNO Sapp Fieldhouse 6311 Maverick Plaza Omaha, Nebraska

Time: Session 1: 8:00AM – 6U/12U/14U BOYS & 8U/10U GIRLS
Session 2: 1:30PM – 8U/10U BOYS, Old Timers/Moms & 6U/12U/14U GIRLS

6U & 8U – 60 second periods
10U, 12U & 14U – 90 second periods

Registration: $45 if registered by November 5th, $65 after November 5th

***NO LATE REGISTRATIONS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 17 AT 11:59PM & NO DOUBLE BRACKETING!*** (Double Bracketing Exception: Girls can wrestle in both boys and girls divisions.)

Admission: Adults – $15  |  Kids – $5  |  Kids 5 & Under – Free
USA cardholders receive free event admission (must show current card with picture ID).
Advance spectator tickets may be purchased here. Admission can also be paid at the gate – adults $20, kids $5, kids 5 & under – free.

Coach Floor Pass: Each team receives 1 FREE floor pass for every 6 wrestlers. Additional passes $25 in advance online or $30 at weigh-ins or event entrance. ***Current USA card & photo ID required to claim floor pass band.***

Tournament Directors: Frank Loving  |  402-739-1987  |  district17@neusaw.com
Rob Pilcher  |  402-740-2806  |  robert.pilcher@yahoo.com

All proceeds from the event will benefit childhood brain cancer research and the Team Jack Foundation’s POWER5 Childhood Brain Tumor Initiative. The Foundation has committed $6.5 million to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska for the development of a childhood brain cancer program.

Become a Sponsor

For information on how to sponsor the Takedown the Tumor Nationals, click here.

Weight Classes (Age as of event date - November 21, 2021)

6U: 37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 61, HWT
8U: 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 87, HWT
10U: 49, 53, 57, 61, 65, 69, 73, 77, 81, 85, 89, 100, 113, 120, HWT
12U: 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86, 90, 98, 106, 114, 122, 130, 146, HWT
14U: 72, 78, 83, 88, 95, 102, 109, 116, 123, 130, 137, 144, 156, 172, 190, 285 Max

6U & 8U – 60 second periods
10U, 12U & 14U – 90 second periods

Weigh-In Information

All wrestlers must weigh in wearing singlets. No weight allowance (check scale will be available). Kickoff Classic in Tulsa will be accepted in lieu of our weigh-ins.  Please email us if you are choosing this option so we know not to expect you at weigh-ins. 

Early weigh-ins: 11:00AM – 1:00PM at the AAU Training Center 13921 S Plaza Omaha, NE  |  Cost $20 (Can pay with registration or in cash on-site.)
Regular weigh-ins: 4:00PM – 6:0PM at Sapp Fieldhouse 6311 Maverick Plaza Omaha, NE  |  Free

***There is a $20 fee for weight class changes only if bracket numbers allow.



Trophies for first place.
Custom 5″ medals for 2nd – 6th.
Team trophy for top two teams.
Participation awards for Old Times & Moms.

The Inspiration Behind Takedown the Tumor Nationals

The idea for the tournament came from the family of Kieran Akerson, a 12-year-old boy that was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2020. Kieran, from Valley, Nebraska, is a multi-time state champion wrestler who got started in the sport at age five. Following his tumor resection surgery and rehabilitation, Kieran was able to return to the mat this spring. The proceeds from the event will benefit Team Jack’s Childhood Brain Tumor Program at UNMC and Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

As a mother, I wanted to do more and decided to combine three of my greatest loves…my child, wrestling, and making a difference in this world. With the help of OMAWA, Team Jack, and the generosity of sponsors…our dream has become a reality. Please consider joining us in making a difference in the lives of children diagnosed with brain cancer.

Marie Akerson

Kieran's Mom

The event is coordinated and managed by Omaha Metro Area Wrestling Association, a nonprofit based in Omaha, NE that is committed to being a catalyst for elevating youth wrestling in our state.  Learn more at Omawa.org.


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Mat Sponsors

Victory Level Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors


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