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|Olympic champion Henry Cejudo to appear at ASICS Folkstyle National Championships in Iowa on April 5|
2008 Olympic champion Henry Cejudo will be making an appearance at the USA Wrestling ASICS Folkstyle National Championships on Sunday, April 5 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Cejudo won gold medal at 55 kg/121 lbs. at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. At 21 years old, he became the youngest U.S. wrestler to ever win an Olympic title.
His amazing story, where he overcame many challenges to become a champion wrestler, as well as his engaging personality, captivated the nation and made him one of the most popular U.S. champions from the Olympic Games.
During the competition on Sunday, Cejudo will be signing autographs and taking pictures with the athletes in attendance. Cejudo will also be presenting the awards at the end of the tournament.
Ever since he won his gold medal on August 19, Cejudo has been very busy making public appearances. He has been featured on the NBC Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC Today Show, ESPN SportsCenter, the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Ninja Warrior show in Japan. He threw out the first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game and was honored at an Arizona Diamondbacks football game. Cejudo and fellow teammates also made a special visit to the White House, and Cejudo was selected to visit the Pentagon and meet with disabled veterans at a federal military hospital. He has been honored by the cities of Phoenix, Ariz. and Colorado Springs, Colo., among many other activities.
The 2009 ASICS USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Championships, one of the most exciting folkstyle events in the country, is set to take place April at the UNI-Dome at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, April 2-5.
This event marks the first leg of the USA Wrestling Triple Crown for the Kids, Cadet, and Junior age groups. To achieve the Triple Crown wrestlers must win a championship during the same year in each of the three styles: folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-Roman. USA Wrestling is still seeking its first Junior Triple Crown winner.
The event features seven different age groups:
- Bantam (Born 2001-2002)
- Intermediate (Born 1999-2000)
- Novice (Born 1997-1998)
- Schoolboy/girl (Born 1995-1996)
- Cadets (Born 1993-1994)
- Juniors (Born September 1, 1989 and after, plus current enrollment in grades 9-12), and
- Five divisions of Veteran's weight classes (Born 1977-1984, 1969-1976, 1961-1968, 1954-1960, 1953 and before).
For more tournament information, visit http://www.themat.com/events/default.php?page=default&EventID=19974.
Registration closes on March 30 at 11 p.m. Central Time. To register for the event, visit