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Takedown the Tumor Nationals

January 28, 2023

The 2nd Annual Takedown the Tumor Nationals is set for January 28, 2023! All proceeds will benefit childhood brain cancer research through the Team Jack Foundation. Check back for more information! 

The Inaugural Takedown the Tumor Nationals, held on November 21, 2021, was a great success! Over 320 wrestlers attended this early-season tournament and over $72,600 was raised for childhood brain cancer research! For a recap on the event, click here

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 event date, 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 2nd Annual Takedown the Tumor Nationals Wrestling Tournament
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Location: UNO Sapp Fieldhouse 6311 Maverick Plaza Omaha, Nebraska

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

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

Registration: $45 (For $10 off registration and one FREE spectator pass use code PIN10 when registering online!)

***NO LATE REGISTRATIONS – DEADLINE NOVEMBER 19 AT 12:00 NOON & 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 4 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

Check back for information on how to sponsor the Takedown the Tumor Nationals.

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). Check back for more info on weigh-ins.

***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 Timers & 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


January 28, 2023