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Beach Wrestling

USA Wrestling Beach Wrestling Events

USA Wrestling understands the importance of developing all styles of wrestling, and is committed to the development and success of Beach wrestling.

Beach wrestling was introduced as an international style by UWW, the international governing body for wrestling, as another avenue for athletic competition. Beach Wrestling (or sand wrestling) has been a consistent style of wrestling internationally for centuries. Combining elements of all wrestling styles, including sumo, Beach events have drawn walk-up crowds when partnered with other sporting events, helping expand the reach of wrestling through non-traditional venues.

Beach Nationals

Event Information

Beach Nationals will once again be held in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. See the specific information below and join us for a fun day of competition on the beach!

And for the first time ever the Beach Nationals is being held in conjunction with the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials! Wrestlers are encouraged to participate in both styles. Click the link below for information on the Grappling World Team Trials.


Friday, May 20
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Early Beach Wrestling National Championship Registration and Weigh-in: Optional for ALL DIVISIONS (at the Lazy Pirate)


8:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Coach and Competitor's Social at Lazy Pirate Sports Bar (


Saturday, May 21
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Beach Wrestling National Championships Registration and Weigh-in (Carolina Beach Boardwalk Stage)

12:00 p.m. to conclusion
Beach Wrestling National Championships


6:00 p.m.
Post Tournament Social at Good Hops Brewing Co.

811 Harper Ave., Carolina Beach, NC 28428



Sunday will also be an emergency make-up day for competition in case of inclement weather on Saturday. Sessions and schedule subject to change.



For specific event procedures or scheduling, contact USA Wrestling National Events at (719) 598-8181.


Ed Duncan

Event Director

Phone: (828) 467-3859

Location & Date

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Carolina Beach, NC

May 20-22, 2016

Directions to Beach


Registration is available online and on-site.


Athletes MUST present proof of current USA Wrestling Membership Card (actual card or photo copy) at registration AND weigh-ins. If you do not have a copy of your USA Wrestling Membership Card, please contact your State Membership Director prior to the event. USA Wrestling Athlete Membership Cards can be acquired from the State Chairperson or State Membership Director of the contestant's state of residence or online (click HERE). Secondary sports accident insurance is provided as a benefit of membership.

Also, USA Wrestling Athlete Membership can be purchased on-site. Cost is approximately $35 for a full year membership or $15 for a one-weekend membership (valid for these events only). These prices are also valid for any International Athletes (including Canadians) wishing to participate in the National Championships (excluding the Senior Divisions) event only.



All coaches that wish to gain access to the competition floor to coach athletes must have a current USA Wrestling Coaches Card. All USA Wrestling Coaches Membership Cards MUST be attained prior to the event, due to mandatory background checking. For a Coaches Membership Card, please click HERE. PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 30 DAYS FOR COMPLETION OF USAW COACHES MEMBERSHIP/BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS.



Online registration via credit card is available at until 11:59PM (Central) Wednesday, May 27. No prequalification required. Entry fee for participants registering online is $20. The OFFICIAL WAIVER & REGISTRATION FORMS will be completed electronically when registering online. No refunds for failure to compete.



Entry fee for participants registering on-site is $25 for Kids; $30 for Seniors and Veterans. If registering on-site, the OFFICIAL WAIVER & REGISTRATION FORMS (click HERE) must be accurately completed and filed at registration. No prequalification required. No refunds for failure to compete.

Area Attractions

Local Attractions!

Carolina Beach North

  • Beaches
  • Boardwalk
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Fishing
  • Sight Seeing

Wilmington Beach

Only ten minutes from where wrestling will take place


Mention the tournament and get $10 off a ride all-day wristband at the amusement park!



Sponsored by Drifters Reef Hotel

Drifters Reef Hotel

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The "Official" Hotel of the Beach Wrestling Championships! Located next door to the Lazy Pirate Sports Bar & Grille and within walking distance of the beach where we are wrestling.

HURRY!! This site will SELL OUT FAST!!

701 North Lake Park Blvd  
Carolina Beach, NC 28428  


Sponsored by Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carolina Beac

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carolina Beach

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A great Wyndham property located in Carolina Beach!  Located one block north of the Lazy Pirate and only minutes from all the action!

907 N. Lake Park Blvd,  
Carolina Beach, NC 28428  


Sponsored by United Beach Vacations

United Beach Vacations

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Want a Rental House for your entire team? Staying the week or just a weekend? United Vacations is an original partner of Beach Wrestling!  Choose from among Carolina Beach, Kure Beach or Ft. Fisher.  Rent anything from a 9 bedroom beachfront home to a 1 bedroom condo, Nancy and her staff will help you find exactly what you are looking for!  Contact them today!

1001 North Lake Park Blvd. 
Carolina Beach, NC 28428 
Toll Free: (800) 334-5806 
Local: (910) 458-9073