6th-12th grade Practice Opportunities: We will hold Summer open room live night once a week - Each Tuesday night 6:00pm-7:00pm we will have an open room live night located at Westfield Middle School wrestling room. $10 a session - pay at the door (cash, check or charge).
K-8th small group practices are offered during the summer starting in June. Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-5:50pm, $15 each wrestler in a small group session - pay at the door (cash, check or charge) - grab your spot by signing up - please follow this link. Sessions start in June.
Next Fall Season
Grit Wrestling Will have opportunities in the FALL SEASON for Intro levels (age 4-1st grade), Elementary (2nd-5th), Competitive (2nd-5th), travel teams (6th-8th), Secondary (9th-12th) at all levels. Check back here in August for our Fall Schedule.
All Practices are held at Westfield Middle School (345 W Hoover St, Westfield, IN 46074) - Please enter through Door #3 - The Wrestling Room is located down the main hall through door #3, please take a right before you reach the main gym and boys locker room. The wrestling room is up the stairs and around the corner.
Wrestlers should wear wrestling shoes (if you have them), shorts without pockets, and tucked in shirts.
Headgear is optional.
Shirts are not to be overly baggy. We ask that wrestlers not practice in hooded shirts or sweatshirts.
Please make sure nails are trimmed regularly.
Please have your wrestler present for the start of each practice
We ask that parents and/or guardians remain with their wrestler until the start of practice. Parents can stay and watch or they may leave for the duration of the practice but must be present when practice is scheduled to end for pick up.
Grit Wrestling Academy offer satellite weigh-ins when allowed to do so by the director of designated wrestling tournaments.(dates and times to be passed along to parents).
Parents are responsible to register their athletes for tournament events.
The Grit Wrestling Academy will attempt to make it to several tournaments in which our members are participating. While our coaches are present at the tournaments they will monitor the brackets, but may need parents' help in notifying coaches when their wrestler will be competing.
Pre-K (4 years old), K and 1st - Understanding of movement, awareness in space and the basics of the sport of wrestling are the major areas that will be stressed with this group. We will be engaging and make the experience fun for this level.
Beginner Group - If you are brand new to wrestling and are in grades 2nd-5th, this is where you will start. Athletes will have the opportunity to move up to the competitive level of practices with a coaches endorsement. Learning the basics and understanding of the sport comes before competition.
Competitive - For those who have prior experience or have just finished the fall season of the Friendship Duals season, here is where to look. Grit Academy focuses on learning and understanding the sport of wrestling and raising the “wrestling IQ” of our academy members. The expectation is that our competitive level athletes participate in weekend tournaments.
Middle & High School - For our older group we will offer a spring season that will focus on both Folkstyle and Freestyle wrestling. We encourage this group to compete in as many tournaments outside the School season as possible. Our focus as an academy will be to work on technique, mental toughness, performance preparation as well as spending time on the mat wrestling and learning how best to compete at a higher level competition.
1995 ISWA Freestyle State Runner-up
1996 ISWA Freestyle State Champion
1996 USA Wrestling Freestyle Southwest Regional Champion
1996 3rd Place State Finisher
3 Time State Qualifier, 2 Time Semi-State Champion, 3 Time Regional Champion, 3 Time Sectional Champion
1997 State Champion 40-0 record and an overall high school record of 125-5
4 year letterman and 3 year Captain at University of Missouri
3 Time NCAA qualifier with a 106 wins
3 Time Recipient of Wrestler of the Year from the University of Missouri
2001 Big 12 Athlete of the Month
13 years of High School Head Coaching experience at Rock Bridge HS and Carmel HS and assistant coaching at Westfield High School has had the please of having 29 State Qualifiers, 11 State placers and 3 Finalists
Head Coach for Keystone Wrestling Club K-12 program for 5 years
Founded and Former President of the Carmel USA Wrestling Club
2017 IHSAA State Qualifier
Trine University College Wrestler
High School Assistant Coaching 2021-2023
Mental Sports Performance Coach