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Takedown the Tumor Nationals

January 28

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. 

The Inaugural Takedown the Tumor Nationals, held on November 21, 2021, was a great success! Over 320 wrestlers from 15 states attended the early-season tournament and over $72,600 was raised for childhood brain cancer research! For a recap on the event, click here

Event Details

What: 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 – 8:00 AM: All Girls, Boys PreK/K & Boys 7th/8th
Session 2 – 1:00 PM: Boys 1st/2nd, Boys 3rd/4th & Boys 5th/6th

Girls Pre-K/K-2nd Grade – 60-second periods
Girls 3rd-5th & 6th-8th – 90-second periods

Boys Pre-K/K-2nd Grade – 60-second periods
Boys 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th – 90-second periods

Registration: $35 (Entry fee increases to $45 per wrestler on January 1, 2023. Register early to save!)

***NO LATE REGISTRATIONS – DEADLINE JANUARY 22 AT MIDNIGHT & NO DOUBLE BRACKETING!*** (Double Bracketing Exception: Girls can wrestle in both boys and girls divisions.)

Admission: Adults – $10  |  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 $15, 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  |  coaches@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

CLICK HERE for information about sponsoring Takedown the Tumor Nationals.

Weight Classes

BOYS Pre-K/Kindergarten: 37, 40, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 61, HWT
BOYS 1st-2nd Grade: 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 87, HWT
BOYS 3rd-4th Grade: 49, 53, 57, 61, 65, 69, 73, 77, 81, 85, 89, 100, 113, 120, HWT
BOYS 5th-6th Grade: 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86, 90, 98, 106, 114, 122, 130, 146, HWT
BOYS 7th-8th Grade: 72, 78, 83, 88, 95, 102, 109, 116, 123, 130, 137, 144, 156, 172, 190, 285 Max
GIRLS K – 2nd Grade: Submit actual weight (weight classes will be determined)
GIRLS 3rd – 5th Grade: 45, 52, 58, 65, 73, 82, 89, 97, 102, 109, 117, 126, 138, 150, HWT
GIRLS 6th – 8th Grade: 58, 65, 73, 82, 89, 97, 102, 109, 117, 126, 138, 150, 165, HWT

Girls Pre-K/K & 1st/2nd Grade – 60-second periods
Girls 3rd-5th & 6th-8th – 90-second periods

Boys Pre-K/K & 1st/2nd Grade – 60-second periods
Boys 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th – 90-second periods

Weigh-In Information

Weigh-Ins will be Friday, January 27 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at UNO’s Sapp Fieldhouse.

All wrestlers must weigh in wearing singlets. No weight allowance (check scale will be available).

***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 14-year-old boy that was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2020, at age 12. 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.

Want to Wrestle for Free?

Wrestlers are given the opportunity to fundraise for the Team Jack Foundation using social fundraising or traditional cash/check collection. Each wrestler that raises $150 prior to the event will have their registration fee credited back to them. In addition, there are tons of prizes up for grabs for each fundraising level reached including Takedown swag and Hammer Perler camps! To view prizes and get registered (to wrestle and fundraise) click here.

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.



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