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The Youth Wrestling Organization In Alabama
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Satellite Weigh-In Spreadsheet
This year only 6U & 8U will use satellite weigh-ins. Everyone else must weigh in on-site prior to competition. Click here for spreadsheet
Concussion Training
AWO cares about the health and safety of our young athletes. We require all coaches to complete a mandatory FREE online CDC Concussion Training Course to be allowed to coach in our tournaments. You will need to be able to present the course completion certificate. We recommend you keep a copy of the certificate on your phone.

The course is available online here: CDC Concussion Training.


That's right. AWO has done it again. We are offering two free clinics run by 7x World Champion and legendary Brandon HS coach Russ Cozart and Olympic Gold Medalist Kendall Cross. We have created a new paradigm for funding clinics. Our goal is to create the most affordable opportunities for the most wrestlers possible. No wrestlers will have to pay to attend these clinics! Instead,your club makes a $50 donation (click here) to help cover some of the cost and every single member of that club attends both clinics for FREE!  For both events, you will need to show a valid AAU Membership Card with your club's name on it for entry and insurance purposes. AAU cards will be available at the door.


October 23-24, 2015

In case you're not familiar with Coach Russ Cozart and his impressive credentials, he is the legendary coach of Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida.  His team was featured in the ESPN Documentary "The Streak" which documented the Brandon Eagles record setting duals match win streak of 451-0 over 34 years.  He has coached many National Champions, countless All-Americans, and even an Olympian.

Coach Cozart is also personally an 11x National Champion and 7x World Veterans Champion (3x Runner-Up).

He is arguably the best high school coach of all time.

Trivia Question: Where did Coach Cozart wrestle in college?

What a great way to kick off the season.  This is an opportunity you don't want to miss.

Hayden Middle School
310 2nd Ave
Hayden, AL 35079

  • Friday Oct 23rd - High School High Intensity Camp
    Session I: 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday Oct 24th - Technique Camps (all ages welcome)
    Session I: 8am-10am*
    Session II: 11:30am-1:30pm*

* Saturday times are subject to change depending upon Alabama football schedule. We may move a session to Friday evening if needed. For the most updated information please visit our Events Page.
Trivia Answer:  Russ Cozart wrestled collegiately for Alabama!

Kendall Cross
Olympic Champion Clinic

AWO Kickoff Clinic and Tournament
November 7, 2015

This is Kendall Cross's 1996 Olympic Gold Medal.

You know you want one.  He earned one.  Come find out from Kendall Cross himself how to get one of your own.

Kendall Cross is coming to kick off our season by hosting a pre-season youth clinic on Saturday November 7 from 9am-12pm. The clinic will be followed at 1pm by an AWO pre-season youth tournament hosted by Vicious Wrestling Academy.

Vicious Wrestling Academy
2244 North Road
Gardendale, AL 35071

  • 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist 57kg
  • 1989 NCAA Div I National Champion, OSU
  • 3x NCAA All-American
  • Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, inducted 2002
  • 3x US National Champion
  • Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler at the U. S. Nationals, 1992 and 1995
  • 1997 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year
  • Espoir National and Espoir World Cup Champion, 1988
  • Bronze medal at Junior World Championships, 1986
  • World Cup Champion, 1997

2015-2016 Folkstyle Schedule

It's almost here!!!


We just can't stop thinking about wrestling and we can't wait for the season to start! We worked hard all summer to bring you the best youth season of wrestling yet.

We have some great events planned to kick off the season such as the Russ Cozart Super 32 Prep Clinic on 10/24 and the Kendall Cross Clinic on 11/7.

You will get incredible training from these two clinicians.  Coach Cozart is arguably the best high school coach ever with 459 straight dual meet victories spanning over 34 years!  Kendall Cross is a 1996 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST!

We will soon be sending out information about how to qualify this season for our in-season and post-season elite AWO National Teams to take on the best kids in the country. We will be taking our Youth National Team to the Smokey Mountain Tournament and Duals on 12/19.  Our Youth Championship will be held on February 6, but if you think that's the end of it, you would be sorely mistaken.  After that we will be taking our most talented kids on our National Teams to the Elementary School Duals in TN, the Middle School Duals in Iowa, the High School National Championships in Virginia Beach, and the Disney High School Duals in Orlando.  We expect to add other AWO National Team events as well. You will definitely want to be on these teams.

Here is the upcoming season schedule so you can plan accordingly.

Alabama Wrestling Organization
2015-2016 Tournament Schedule
Date Club/ Tournament Location
October 24th AWO-AAU Russ Cozart Clinic Hayden Middle School
November 7th AWO-AAU; Kendall Cross Clinic Vicious Wrestling Club
November 14th Alabama Duals Thompson
November 21st Oak Grove Wrestling Club Oak Grove
December 5th Warrior Wrestling Club Thompson
December 12th James Clemens Youth WC James Clemens HS
December 19th Smokey Mtn. Tournament & Duals Pigeon Forge, TN
Chelsea Youth Wrestling Club Chelsea
January 2nd Clay Wrestling Club Clay
January 9th Music City Brawl Tennessee
AWO Tournament To be annouced
January 16th West Alabama Wrestling Club Alabama Christian Academy
January 23rd Madison County Youth WC Madison County
January 30th Hayden Wrestling Club Hayden HS
February 6th AWO-AAU Youth State Championship Vestavia HS
Alabama Wrestling Chicks
Girls Championship
Vestavia HS

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