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Wrestling (Freestyle)

USA Deaf Wrestling (USADW) is a non-profit organization for Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth and adult men’s and women’s wrestling in the United States. It was founded in 2021. USADW is a chapter of USA Wrestling (the national governing body for the sport of wrestling in the United States). USADW is responsible for the selection and training of the USA representative teams in national and international competitions.

Our training is currently overseen by the former Deaflympic wrestler Head Coach John Dolezal. The coaching staff is primarily Deaf /or and uses ASL (American Sign Language) to communicate with the wrestlers during their practices and matches. USADW Director, David Nathanson, can be reached at


Upcoming Events

USA Deaf Wrestling and Judo Trials
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, June 10-13, 2023

25th Summer Deaflympics

Tokyo, Japan, November 15-26, 2025

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