York, Pennsylvania, will host USA Wrestling’s Cadet National Duals in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This is the first time that Pennsylvania will host the event, which is a precursor to USA Wrestling’s annual Cadet National Championships.
“Pennsylvania and its neighbors are dominant states in amateur wrestling, so bringing the Cadet National Duals to this region for the first time expands the opportunity for top Cadet wrestlers to compete in this elite showcase,” said Van Plocus, state chairman of the Pennsylvania Amateur Wrestling Federation, which is the state affiliate of USA Wrestling.
The Cadet National Duals will take place at the York Expo Center’s Utz Arena in 2015 and in the Expo Center’s Memorial Hall in 2016 and 2017. The event was most recently held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Over the three years, the tournament will generate an estimated $3 million in direct economic impact including spending by visitors at lodging, dining and retail attractions. The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau additionally anticipates about $5.5 million in total economic benefits. This broader measurement includes business-to-business purchases such as when hotels and restaurants increase their own buying from vendors because they are serving more customers.
“Bringing this national competition to York County is the culmination of an effort showing the York County CVB’s tenacity to pursue and win events that are a great fit for our county’s expansive list of premier sports facilities, and produce positive returns for our community’s economy,” said Anne Druck, president of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.