Roseville welcomes West Coast Tournament of Champions this weekend at Roebbelen Center


Approximately 1,100 women wrestlers compete in a two-day tournament

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – More than 120 college and high school women’s wrestling teams — and nearly 1,100 wrestlers — will compete Friday and Saturday through Year Six. West Coast Championship of Champions for Women Located @tweet in Roseville.

The two-day tournament – one of the largest in the country – starts around 11:30 a.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in Reublin Centre It is located on the Grounds campus, 700 Event Center Drive in Roseville.

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The Cliff Keane-sponsored West Coast Championship of Champions allows women’s wrestlers to compete before the holiday break, and some businesses in the region enjoy increased revenue – and fans come to experience the fastest-growing women’s sport in the country.

“It’s really amazing how the sport has grown in just a few years,” said tournament director Don Martinez, head coach of the Sierra College men’s wrestling team. “It seems like there’s a new women’s wrestling program starting every week.”

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Fewer than 1,000 girls competed in high school wrestling in 1994, but participation has risen to nearly 32,000 in 2022, according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association. More than 100 colleges have women’s wrestling teams, with more varsity athletes competing in the sport than crew (rowing), fencing, rugby, sand volleyball, or skiing.

Martinez estimates that more than 1,000 of these wrestlers are based in California, including many in the Sacramento area.

local schools

More than 100 high schools—including about 70% of Sacramento-area schools with girls’ wrestling teams, from Del Oro and Granite Bay to Rocklin and Roseville High School—will compete in the West Coast Tournament of Champions. High school teams from Texas and as far away as Minnesota make the trip to the tournament. Another 150 girls are expected to participate in the preparatory stage.

Wrestlers will compete for prizes — and the attention of colleges.

“We bring the colleges to them,” Martinez said of the tournament. “It’s a great place to watch.”

West Coast Power, national champion Menlo College of the Bay Area and 17 other colleges, including Simpson College and Vanguard University, will compete in the high-profile tournament. Colleges from Michigan and Nebraska are also participating. Some of the smaller colleges will also bring teams.

“You get to see some of the best wrestlers in the country,” Martinez said.

Placer Valley Tourism

Placer Valley Tourism established the West Coast Tournament of Champions in 2016, partnering with Martinez to oversee the wrestling aspect of the event. The goal was to lure high schools and colleges in later before the holiday break – and help fill hotel rooms in the area during what is often a slower period for the tourism industry.

“It was a great fit for everyone, from schools and wrestlers hoping to championship this holiday season to hotel operators looking for more guests,” he said. Kim Summers, CEO of Placer Valley Tourism and @ the Grounds. “It’s getting better and bigger every year, and it’s helping generate more profits for businesses, from restaurants to stores.”

The rapidly expanding tournament was held for the first time in Solid wood palace in Rocklin, and will move to the much larger Roebbelen Center in 2021. The massive Roebbelen Center—capable of accommodating 12 full-length basketball courts or 24 volleyball courts—will hold 14 wrestling mats for the tournament.

One-day course admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. A two-day pass is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Parking is $10 per day at The Grounds.

“You’d be surprised how far women’s wrestling has come,” Martinez said.

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