Jacobs Challenge World Championships Draws Hundreds to Mesquite, NV

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Youth wrestling event proves big success; second event already planned for 2011

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We were all ecstatic about the results of the event especially since there wasn’t much going on in Mesquite before this was booked

More than 450 competitors from 12 states converged on Mesquite recently for the first Jacobs Challenge World Championships youth wrestling competition at the Special Events Center of the CasaBlanca Resort.

Set up in an atmosphere resembling the U.S. Olympic Trials, the event had three mats with non-stop action for ages 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and Rookie Novices from early in the morning until the early evening hours.

Presented by highly-recognized Rocky Mountain National Events of Denver in conjunction with Black Gaming, the event was so successful that Ed Gutierrez of RMNE announced midway through the day that an agreement was made to bring it back bigger than ever in 2011.

"Everything went smoothly,” said Gutierrez whose sanctioning body takes similar events to Denver, Boise, Ida, Las Cruces, N.M., Prescott, Ariz., and Orlando, Fla. “We’re going to present it on the same weekend in Mesquite next year.”

Considering that many competitors traveled from states suffering from cold conditions with snow-packed roads, the 60 degree temperatures in Mesquite proved the ideal alternative for many.

Simply put, there were no losers in the event with wrestlers represented various states including Alaska, Florida, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Idaho and in fact, some late entries were received as entrants struggled to meet weight requirements. No one knew for sure how many families drove to Mesquite and how many flew to Las Vegas before renting a car, but the end result was that Mesquite’s beautiful weather was heaven for those who left behind homes in states with cold climates.

With six mats continually filled with wrestlers all day long, the Special Events Center again proved its versatility. The center has played host to everything from awards ceremonies to the Festival of Trees Christmas celebration and martial arts bouts and the latest endeavor took up just about every square inch with everything from energetic young competitors to enthusiast parents and concessions and more.

“Everything went smoothly,” said Gutierrez, a highly-respected individual whose sanctioning body takes similar events to Denver, Boise, Idaho, Las Cruces, N.M., Prescott, Ariz., and Orlando, Fla. “We’re going to present it on the same weekend in Mesquite next year.

“Everyone I spoke with loved it and said they’d be back next year. In fact, one team from Las Vegas had eight kids and the coach said they’d bring 80 next year. ”

Gutierrez, whose company recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary and headed for the group’s next matches in Orlando, said Mesquite’s affordability was a big factor in the ability to draw so many entrants. In particular, he cited affordable room rates along with the fact that there were no charges for parking.

Gutierrez said the event drew so well that there were plans to move the stage back to make room for two more mats.

The dedication of those participating in the event was especially evident in the efforts of chief official Dino Aragon, a Pueblo, Colo., resident who stopped en route to pick up six fellow officials in Denver and Grand Junction before meeting another official from Utah in Mesquite to round out the 700-mile journey.

“I thought everything went very well,” said the 51 year-old Aragon who has been working wrestling tournaments for 30 years. “There were kids there from all over the country and Ed’s people did a great job putting everything together. The response was excellent. I had never been to Mesquite before, but I’ll be back next year, for sure. We had a great time.”

Black Gaming Sporting Events Manager Christian Adderson lauded the event saying he was eagerly looking forward to next year.

“We were all ecstatic about the results of the event especially since there wasn’t much going on in Mesquite before this was booked,” said Adderson, who met Gutierrez at a convention in Denver where the two agreed to bring the event to Mesquite. “As is the case with every first-time event, you don’t know what to expect, but this was a homerun.”

RMNE has 30 dates planned in 2010 drawing more than 15,000 competitors.

CONTACT: Mike Henle, 702-279-3483, Christian Adderson, 888-711-4653, ext. 51

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