NACWA Holds First Submission Wrestling Tournament, August 31 in Philadelphia A new take on grappling tournaments

Aug 8, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- On Saturday, August 31, the North American Catch Wrestling Association will be hosting their first submission wrestling tournament, the Liberty Bell Classic/East Coast King of Catch Tournament. It will take place at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19116.

This tournament will be held under traditional American catch wrestling rules, where you can win by submission or pin. There are no points, no politics, and no sandbagging.

Grapplers of all styles, organizations, and levels of experience are welcome. "I'm excited about hosting this historic tournament," said Daniel Kanagie of the North American Catch Wrestling Association. "Catch wrestling is rapidly being revived, and we expect that this tournament is the first of many we hold." The six weight divisions of the tournament are:

· Super Light - 140 pounds

· Light - 160 pounds

· Middle - 180 pounds

· Light Heavy - 200 pounds

· Heavy - 225 pounds

· Super Heavy - over 225 pounds

There will be an open division and women’s division as well. The women’s division will use the Madison System and will have no weight divisions, with competitors matched closest to their weights.

The tournament will not have any points scored, as matches are based on win, lose, or draw format. There are no divisions by experience level in order to stop sandbagging. All kinds of submissions are allowed, except groin attacks, fish hooking, spitting, biting, hair grabbing, intentional striking, and kicking.

The winner of the open weight division will also take home the "Frank Gotch Memorial Award" as well as winning the title "East Coast King of Catch". All winners will gain an automatic invitation to compete in next year’s national tournament.

Early and online registration is only $40, whereas door registration will cost $60. Registration covers both weight division and absolute division, and will end at 12 midnight EDT, August 15, 2013. Registration forms, rules, and regulations can be found on NACWA’s website, at

About NACWA and Catch Wrestling: NACWA (North American Catch Wrestling Association) is an American association for catch wrestling that promotes and hosts catch-as-catch-can submission wrestling tournaments. NACWA is a grassroots organization started by Daniel Kanagie as a means to bring back real American submission wrestling. Catch wrestling is a classical, hybrid grappling type of wrestling developed in 1870. It was later popularized by carnival wrestlers who refined new submission holds and hooks to be more effective against opponents.

Media Contact: Name: Daniel Kanagie Phone: 267-401-4050 Email: [email protected] Website:


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