This past weekend, United Wireless Arena in Dodge City saw more than 1,211 wrestlers from across 13 states compete in the Southern Plains Regional Wrestling Tournament.
After the tournament, USA Wrestling held a vote regarding the event and where it will take place over the next three years and Dodge City was selected.
"We were voted to keep it over the next three years, beating out Oklahoma and Colorado," USA Wrestling district director Scott Edwards said. "The final vote came down to a 10-10 tie between us and Oklahoma so we re-pitched the event and another vote was held and we ended up with a 12-8 vote in our favor."
Edwards has been a part of the USA Wrestling board for the past 15 years and was previously the assistant district director before becoming the district director this year.
He is also the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association university representative and tournament director for the Southern Plains Regional Tournament.
However, the regional tournament will be moved elsewhere at the end of the three years.
"They want to have other states and regions the opportunity to host the event on what is a 21-year rotation," Edwards said. "So after the three years in Kansas, Dodge City specifically, other bids will be put in to host the event."
According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, since 2015, the Southern Plains Regional Wrestling has generated $200,000-plus each year the past three years.
The tournament first came to Dodge City in 2012, figures for the early days of the tournament were unavailable.
"It’s an excellent wresting event that is brought to Dodge," Convention and Visitors Bureau director Jan Stevens said. "We are so happy to see this event returning."
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