2019 California – Japan Cultural Exchange Team

California USA Wrestling is now accepting applications for review and selection of 12-14 High School Jr. & Sr. Male Student Athletes to travel to different communities in Japan, stay with families, practice and compete against Japanese teams. The USA California Team will experience local culture and sights in between competition. We will travel to Japan between June 19th & June 30th, 2019 to experience the Japanese culture and wrestle international local high school teams in Freestyle dual matches.

All selections must be approved by the California Cultural Exchange Committee, the quality of the student athlete is an important factor.

The selected team members must be prepared to wrestle freestyle internationally and experience the Japanese culture for 10 days at one of the following 10 weight classes.

55 kg -121 lbs 74 kg – 163 lbs.
60 kg -132 lbs. 78 kg – 172 lbs.
63 kg -138 lbs. 84kg – 185 lbs.
66 kg -145 lbs 96 kg – 211 lbs.
70 kg -155 lbs. 120 kg – 264 lbs.

The cost of the trip is approximately $2,850 which covers airfare, lodging, meals and transportation. Remainder of expense is taken care of by the host families. Please bring money for souvenirs and personal purchases.

We will be flying in and out of San Francisco International Airport, (SFO).

Wrestlers will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the Bay Area.

For anyone interested, please call or text me at (925) 237-6118 or email me at MDWA@att.net to express interest in attending the trip. A completed application package must be submitted by March 1st, 2019. Upon acceptance, three payments of $950 will be due on March, April and May 25thth. Each wrestler is expected to obtain their own Passport and USA Wrestling Card. Please submit Application ASAP.

I am looking forward to working with and ensuring the selected California high school wrestlers have a positive educational and wrestling experience that they will never forget.

Thank you,
Tod Blank

California USA Wrestling
Cultural Exchange Director