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Takedown the Tumor Nationals

November 21

Join us and the Akerson family from Valley, Nebraska for the first annual Takedown the Tumor Nationals youth wrestling tournament! The event will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in Omaha, Nebraska. 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 is a 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. 

Please note: registration is not open yet for this event. Click the ‘Notify Me’ button below to sign up to get notified when event registration is live.

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

Event Details

What: The 1st Annual Takedown the Tumor Nationals Wrestling Tournament
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Location: Omaha, Nebraska (exact venue TBD)

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

Registration: $45 if registered by November 1st, $65 after November 1st

Admission: Adults – $10  |  Kids – $5  |  Kids 5 & Under – Free

All proceeds from the event will benefit childhood brain cancer research. 

Become a Sponsor

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

Want Free Registration?

Wrestlers that fundraise $250+ for the Team Jack Foundation by October 1, 2021 will have their entry fee refunded. There will also be additional rewards for fundraising dollars raised beyond $250. Each wrestler will have the opportunity to set up their fundraising link following registration.

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! Click here to get started.

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

8U: 45, 50, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65, 70, 75, 95, 115, 140
10U: 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 120, 130, 140, 160
12U: 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 112, 120, 130, 140, 160, 200
14U: 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 102, 110, 117, 125, 132, 140, ,150, 160, 175, 195, 220, 275

Weigh-In Information

All wrestlers must weigh in wearing singlets.

Early weigh-ins: 12:00PM – 3:00PM at the AAU Training Center  |  Cost $20
Regular weigh-ins: 5:00PM – 7:30PM at the facility  |  Free


The top six wrestlers in each bracket will be given awards.

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.



November 21