2021 US Marine Corps Junior and 16U National Championships

Fargo Returns In 2021 With The Most Participants In History

Fargo Returns In 2021 With The Most Participants In History

Fargo returned after a year off with the most participants in history. Check out a breakdown of the entries.

Jul 30, 2021 by Andrew Spey
Fargo Returns In 2021 With The Most Participants In History
Fargo returned in 2021 in a big way. Literally the biggest way, in fact.

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Fargo returned in 2021 in a big way. Literally the biggest way, in fact. 


After we all had to go an entire year with no Fargo, the siren call of the Fargodome lured in a record crop of America's best teenaged wrestlers.

Look at this graph for a far more efficient accounting of the participation numbers than any number of my words could provide. 


Solid year-over-year growth across the board. But what really got the numbers to jump this year -- nearly a 10% increase! -- was the junior men's freestylers. 

Below is an even more detailed breakdown, including age groups as well as styles. One other thing to keep in mind when reading these numbers is that the same person was counted multiple times if they entered more than one bracket. So the women who entered 16U and Juniors were counted tice, the men who entered freestyle and Greco were counted twice, etc.

2021CADETJUNIORTOTAL
MEN'S FREE131715842901
GRECO-ROMAN94310441987
WOMEN'S FREE3496631012
TOTAL2,6093,2915,900




% +/- 2019CADETJUNIORTOTAL
MEN'S FREE5.1%24.5%14.9%
GRECO-ROMAN-2.5%12.5%4.9%
WOMEN'S FREE-3.1%11.6%6.1%
TOTAL1.1%17.8%9.8%


The junior men's freestyle increase of nearly 25% stands out. That massive increase was evident to anyone who looked at the brackets and saw how many round-of-256 matches there were. 

And I wouldn't be too concerned about the lack of growth in the cadet range. We're still dealing with the reverberations from a lost year and most middle and high school seaons were 'unstructured', to put it mildly. 

We've got more numbers going back in Fargo history, so lets take a look at those too, why not?

YEARWomen's FreestyleGreco-RomanMen's FreestyleTOTAL
20211,0121,9872,9015,900
20199541,8952,5255,374
20187731,8212,4054,999
20176741,8172,2964,787
20166071,9042,3254,836
20154701,8082,2244,502
20144051,6712,0534,129
20133111,6072,0693,987
20122861,5511,9913,828
20112701,5291,9383,737
20101691,6092,0083,786
20091981,5872,0463,831
20082041,6402,0563,900
20071941,7682,2124,174
20061761,7352,1534,064
20051751,7612,2404,176
20041441,9042,4234,471
20031111,8222,3434,276
20021031,9252,4764,504
200101,5612,0163,577
200001,5661,9693,535
199901,5071,9723,479
199801,5981,9643,562
199701,6541,9873,641


And if that's not enough info for you then I have good news, Jason Bryant has collected even more in his spiffy Fargo Almanac, available here

That'll put a bow on our Fargo 2021 coverage. It was wonderful having that great event back. Here's to setting more records next year!