Located at Wiregrass Ranch High School - 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL
Located at Wiregrass Ranch High School - 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL
This free clinic is designed for all kids between the ages of 4 through 11. However, any first year wrestlers should attend if they have never previously wrestled before. This clinic focuses on new and inexperienced wrestlers and goes over the wrestling fundamentals such as stance, hand fighting, sprawling, and standing up. It will place a lot of emphasis on conditioning and agility while incorporating wrestling technique and strength conditioning.
Did you know that wrestling is the FASTEST growing for for girls at the high school and collegiate level? Every year our girls program has grown in size which is why this year we have decided to has girl clinicians for our girl wrestlers and have separate training areas JUST for our girl wrestlers. This should be a fun and exciting time for our girls especially since this will be the FIRST YEAR that Florida has SANCTIONED Girls wrestling in FHSAA competition. This is truly an exciting time for our girls in Florida!
Thinking about wrestling? This is the clinic for you. Regardless of your age, come on out and see what wrestling is ALL ABOUT. Find out what the workouts are like and what it takes to be a Championship wrestler. You will be pushed to your limits and challenged like never before. This clinic focuses on the wrestling basics while getting introduced to the cardio conditioning and the strength and agility needed to be a wrestling champion.
COACH LAYTON joins us from NY which is known for producing some of the toughest competitors in the country. Coach Layton is a 2x All-American Wrestler, a 2x NAGA Brazilian Jujitsu World Champion, and a member of MENSA from Long Island, New York. Coach has been a student of wrestling since 1995 and has vigorously studied the technical side of the sport. He has over 10,000 hours of experience on the mat and has helped build over 10 NY State Champions. Jason runs the Dynamic Wrestling Academy in Deerpark NY, where he supervises over the development of over 100 wrestlers of all ages and skill levels.
Coach Kiefer will wrap up our week long session as our VIP guest coach. He will show us a few of his special moves but also talk with us about being a Champion. Coach Kiefer is a Retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and attended the US Air Force Academy. Coach Kiefer wrestled at the Air Force Academy and was the Academy's top wrestlers and was recognized for his leadership, academic and athletic abilities. Coach Kiefer's high school accolades include earning the coveted title of PA State Champ as well as placing 5th and 8th in previous years while accumulating 130 wins. Coach Kiefer is also Doctor Kiefer and is currently a Professor at a local University in the Orlando area. Coach Kiefer comes to us with a tremendous amount of wrestling knowledge and leadership experience. We are very fortunate to have him share his time with us this year.
At the conclusion of this clinic we will be hosting a WARZONE wrestling tournament. This is a new kind of wrestling tournament that allows athletes to match themselves up with other wrestlers based on weight and ability. Wrestlers can wrestle as many matches as they want, as long as there are other competitors that want to wrestle them. All they have to do is find a competitor and then get an open mat and the match is ON! No long days of waiting around and no mis-matches. And certainly no 2 matches and your day is over. This is the NEW way youth wrestling is done! Check out the link of our other page.
COACH CONNORS will be returning for his second year with us. He is one of the BEST coaches in PA and his record speaks for itself. Coach Connors was recently names PA's high school "Regional Coach of the Year" in arguably not only one of the TOUGHEST regions in PA , The Southeast PA region, but one of the toughest areas in the country. Coach Connors high school accolades include: PA State Champ and PA State Runner up. He finished with an overall high school career record of 130 wins and only 5 losses. He was the #2 recruit in the country and wrestled NCAA D1 at the University of North Carolina. While at UNC Coach Connors accumulated a record of 104 -20. He was an ACC Champion and Wrestler of the Year. He was an NCAA ALL-AMERICAN on the selected for the ALL ACC Team. Currently, Coach Connors is the Head Coach for Bishop Egan H.S. and one of the top private clubs in PA, MPR Wrestling. Coach Connors has kids from all over the state and northeast and mid Atlantic region that train at his wrestling club. He continuously produces state champs, not only in PA but across the country.
COACH DZIEWA returns for his 2nd year with us. Coach Dziewa (pronounced Jeva) is the epitome of Pennsylvania wrestling: strong and tough! Coach Dziewa's high school accolades include: PA State Champs, 3X Regional Champ and had a career record of 124-7. He was selected as the Asics First Team ALL AMERICAN. Coach Dziewa was highly recruited by one of the countries top wretling universities, The University of Iowa. Coach Dziewa wrestled NCAA D1 at the University of Iowa and had an overall record of 29-9. He was the 2014 -2015 BIG 10 Runner Up. Coach Dziewa was a former coach at NCAA D1 University of Pennsylvania and former coach at NCAA D1 Drexel University. Coach Dziewa is now the current Head Coach of one of PA's elite high school wrestling programs at The Germantown Academy.
COACH Kiefer will be joining us for the first time this summer. We are excited to have such an accomplished PA champion to share his wrestling knowledge with us. Coach Kiefer's high school accomplishments include: PA State Champ, PA 5th Place and PA State Qualifier. He was a 2x Regional Champ, 2x District Champ and 3x Sectional Champion. His overall high school record was 130-13-1. Upon graduating high school, Coach Kiefer was recruited by the highly prestigious US Air Force Academy. While at the Air Force Academy, he was a two sport NCAA D1 athlete: WRESTLING and soccer. While competing at the Air Force Academy, Coach Kiefer had a top 4 finish in the Western Athletic Conference four years in a row. He was the ALL-ACADEMY tournament Champion in 1996 and the tournament runner up in 1995. In 1996 Coach Kiefer was awarded the Air Force teams "Best on the Mat" Award. AFTER COLLGE Coach Kiefer was selected for the ALL-AIR FORCE Team. He participated on the Air Force team and was the ALL ARMED FORCES National Championship Freestyle Champion and Placed 4th in the ALL ARMED FORCES National Championship Greco Roman tournament. Currently Coach Kiefer is an assistant volunteer coach for Lake Highland Preps youth wrestling club.
COACH RAMOS joins us for the first time this summer. Coach Ramos is the definition of TOUGH PA wrestler. His high school accolades include: 3X PA State placer - 3rd place, 5th and 8th. He was also a 3X Sectional Champ, District Champ and Regional Champ. He was a 3X Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament Champion and earned "Prep All-American" status at Governor Mifflin H.S. After High School, Coach Ramos wrestled at NCAA D1 University of North Carolina where he has two top 4 finishes in the ACC Championships and a 2nd place in the Beast in the East tournament. Currently, Coach Ramos runs a private youth wrestling club in Pennsylvania and coached two of the top nationally ranked youth wrestlers out of PA, Freddy and Joey Bachmann. Coach Ramos pictured above with #1 ranked Joey and Freddy Bachmann after winning the Tulsa Nationals. The Bachmann brothers are BOTH 5x Super 32 Champions from Pennsylvania.
COACH CROOKHAM is another new join and welcome addition this year. Coach Crookham joins our team of PA wrestling elite coaches. As a high school wrestler Coach Crookham achieved many of his own accolades. He as a 2X PA State qualifier, Regional runner up and 3rd placer. He was a District Champion and runner up as well as a 2x Sectional Champion. Coach Crookham is the personal coach of his son, Ryan Crookham Jr (pictured above)., who is currently the #1 or #2 ranked wrestler in the country in his weight class. Interestingly enough, Coach Crookham's son has long battled our own, former Tampa Bay resident and former Lake Highland Prep wrestler, Nick Bouzakis for the #1 position. Coach Crookham has been a longtime and avid supporter of wrestling and joins us this year to give back to the sport that he loves and is so passionate about.
COACH LAYTON is a first time Coach with us this year. He is the only coach NOT from PA so we wont hold it against him! He is from NY which is another tough state for wrestling.
Coach Layton is a 2x All-American Wrestler, a 2x NAGA Brazilian Jujitsu World Champion, and a member of MENSA from Long Island, New York.
Coach has been a student of wrestling since 1995 and has vigorously studied the technical side of the sport. He has over 10,000 hours of experience on the mat and has helped build over 10 NY State Champions. Jason runs the Dynamic Wrestling Academy in Deerpark NY, where he supervises over the development of over 100 wrestlers of all ages and skill levels.
We bring in the best coaches in the area to offer the best training to our kids.
We will provide our kids instruction showing proper technique of wrestling moves then allow the kids opportunities to actually drill the moves in short "live" wrestling situational wrestling
We believe in the "Crawl, walk, run" methodology of training. We will show or demonstrate the wrestling move, allow the kids to drill the move. They will then practice it in short scenario wrestling then they will go "live" in actual matches.
The kids will put in long hours. Part of wrestling is having the "grit" of hard training. Our camps will ensure the kids are working hard and putting in the work. Although its a long day, they will have plenty of breaks.
Club wrestling offers wrestlers opportunities to wrestle kids from other schools and an opportunity to experience new wrestling styles that they do not normally experience with kids on their own team. The the wrestling club adds that element of a variety of new styles and experience that each wrestler looks to gain before they actually compete.
Wrestling is a winter sport and our season falls during three major holidays. While the average athlete may take those holidays off, the REAL competitor is working hard and putting in the work...ARE YOU?
Coach Ketler is the founder and Executive Director of American Warrior Wrestling. He is the head coach and curriculum developer of the program. He has assembled the best staff in the Tampa Bay area to offer your children the best summer experience available. Coach Ketler wrestled for two years at Pennsbury H.S., in Pennsylvania. He was the PIAA Sectional Runner up and District qualifier. Coach Ketler wrestled while serving in the Marine Corp and became a mixed martial arts instructor while in the Army. Coach Ketler has a wide range of experience in grappling and MMA to include being a certified defensive tactics instructor at the local college's police academy.
Coach Frietas has been working with Coach Ketler for the last two years. Coach Frietas comes with valuable experience as a former Wiregrass Ranch wrestler. Coach Freitas was an FHSAA 3A D6 District Champion and 3rd place finisher, 2x regional qualifier. . He also placed 4th in the Sunshine Athletic Conference. Coach Frietas is a demanding, take charge leader and his Special Operations military background helps as he leads the kids through tough practices
Coach Jacques joins the team for his first year but comes with a wealth of wrestling knowledge and experience. Coach Jacques joins us from the Miami area and is a FL State Champion and 2x FL State placer. Coach Jacques is a 2x Regional Champ, 2x District Champ and a 2x Conference Champ. He is a protégé of US Olympian Ken Chertow. We are excited to have Coach Jacques on our team.
Coach Villegas is starting his 3rd year as a coach. This will be his fist year at AWW. He brings a lot of enthusiasm to the sport and plenty of knowledge and experience.
The summer camp will be divided into two groups for most of the day., groups A and group B. Group A will primarily consist of the older kids between the ages of 12 to 18 years old.
Group B will consist of children between the ages of 5 to 11. This age group, generally, are the first year wrestlers and usually have less experience. These kids will often times do many of the same exercises as the older kids, but at a less intense level. Kids at age 4 can participate with parental assistance.