Kansas City Stampede fans,
The Kansas City Wrestling Association (KCWA) is proud to present the 2016 Kansas City Stampede. The KCWA is an alliance of amateur wrestling supporters formed in early 2005 made up of wrestling clubs and boosters from Kansas City area High Schools. Our mission is to promote amateur wrestling to Kansas City regional student athletes in the pursuit of sportsmanship and competitive excellence. The goal is for the KCWA to support amateur wrestling in middle schools, high schools and colleges in and around the Kansas City metropolitan area.
In support of this mission, the KCWA organized the 2016 Kansas City Stampede, a national caliber high school wrestling tournament held at Hale Arena. The tournament that began in December 2006 is currently in it is 11th year. This year’s tournament consists of 40 teams from 11 states, with 17 teams from Missouri and seven from the Kansas City area. The Kansas City Stampede is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 high school tournaments by various wrestling media. The 2016 Stampede is even more of an elite tournament. This year will host many returning All-American wrestlers, National Champions, National Finalists, and wrestlers with worldwide competition experience. Along with up to 40+ reigning high school individual State Champions, 28 teams placed in the top 4 in their state tournament championships and over 150 returning state medalists will make up the field. The Stampede has become a favorite early season key tournament for many local and national college coaches.
We very much appreciate all of the teams and fans that make the trip to Kansas City and the Hale arena. We also truly appreciate the sponsors that support wrestling and events like this one.
We also appreciate the referees. We field referees from six different states many of which bring the highest level of expertise and refereeing skill that is available at any high school tournament in the country. Many of our referees work multiple levels of college events including the NCAA National Championships. It is a pleasure to welcome these highly skilled professionals and have them officiate the Kansas City Stampede.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Kansas City and enjoy the Kansas City Stampede experience.
Carey Rolofson, President KCWA