DeKalb County to host the IESA State Wrestling Finals for its 22nd Year


DeKalb County to host the IESA State Wrestling Finals for the 22nd time, the event is estimated to bring over $400,000 into the local economy.

The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Northern Illinois University (NIU) are proud to be hosting the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Wrestling Finals for its 22nd year.  The economic impact for the area is estimated to be more than $400,000. We anticipate more than 5,000 visitors will attend this two-day event.

The 2020 IESA State Wrestling Finals will be held at the Convocation Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday, March 13th & 14th.  Admission doors for spectators open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.  Daily admission fees:  K-8 and senior citizens – $5.00; Adults – $10.00.  Advanced ticket sales will be available through Ticketmaster beginning Monday, March 9th.  More information can be found on the wrestling page or on the Convocation Center website

Wrestlers in grades fifth through eighth from across the state will be competing individually and in team competition in a new, two-class format. There are 244 different schools that are involved in this state event. An estimated 5,000 fans will be visiting DeKalb County to cheer them on. This will be NIU’s 22nd year hosting the event. The IESA State Wrestling Finals came to NIU and the Chick Evans Field House in 1999 and moved to the Convocation Center in 2003. DeKalb County and Northern Illinois University have a long history of cheering on and supporting student-athletes. It’s an honor and a privilege to have hosted this event for so many years.

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