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2nd-5th Grade - Follow this link to our registration page for 2nd-5th Elementary Spring Wrestling Season. This registration session will allow you to complete contact information, sign up for participation, and submit payment.

2nd-5th Grade (March 22nd - May 17th) - $140

Practice will be every Wednesday 6:00pm-7:00pm


Intro 4yr-1st Grade - Follow this link to our registration page for Intro Spring Wrestling Season. This registration session will allow you to complete contact information, sign up for participation, and submit payment.

Intro 4yr-1st grade (March 20th - May 15th) $120. 

Intro Level practices will be held from 6:00pm-6:5opm on Monday


High School Registration - Please following this link or go to our registration page. Practices will focus on both Folkstyle and Freestyle Wrestling.  Coaches will be present at tournaments, which will be posted to our calendar. 

High School (February 23rd - May 18th) $190. 

High School Level practices will be held from 6:00pm-7:15pm every Tuesday and Thursday.



The Middle School Wrestling registration is open to middle school age students

Practice will be held once a week - Wednesday's 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Middle School (March 22nd-May 17th) $140

5th grade - 7th grade

Follow this link to register your wrestler:

Practice Location 

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. 

Wrestler’s Expectations 

  1. Wrestlers should wear wrestling shoes (if you have them), shorts without pockets, and tucked in shirts.

  2. Headgear is optional.  

  3. Shirts are not to be overly baggy. We ask that wrestlers not practice in hooded shirts or sweatshirts.

  4. Please make sure nails are trimmed regularly.

Parent’s Expectations

  1. Please have your wrestler present for the start of each practice 

  2. 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.

Tournament Information

  1. 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).

  2. Parents are responsible to register their athletes for tournament events. 

  3. 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. 

Contact Information


Grit Wrestling Academy


Grit Wrestling Academy provides athletes in Hamilton county and the surrounding areas quality training in the sport of wrestling for ages 4-18. We are Located in Westfield and our practices are held at the Westfield Middle School wrestling room (345 W Hoover St, Westfield, IN 46074). Our main goal is to instill an understanding and confidence in this great sport of wrestling to propel your young athlete to a new level. The building blocks of our academy focus on teaching quality technique, building work ethic, self esteem, improved physical health and sportsmanship. We are accepting new athletes who have a desire to learn and gain a greater understanding of this great sport. 

John Kopnisky

Grit Wrestling Academy


If you are interested in finding out more information on participating in Summer Camps Please follow this link below.  

Summer Camps Registration 

Individual Coaching Sessions

If you are interested in signing up for individual practice sessions please email for more details. You will be sent a schedule of dates and times to sign up. Sessions will cost $60 per hour. 

Age Levels

  • 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. 

Coaches Bio

Coaches Information 

John Kopnisky

  • 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 

Thomas Griffin

  • 100+ High School Wins

  • 2006 IHSAA State Qualifier 

  • 2008 HCAC Conference Champion

  • Wrestled in College at Mount St. Joseph University

  • 10 years of High School Coaching

  • 2012 and 2013 Middle School National Duals Coach

  • Coach for Team Indiana Pittsburgh All-Star Classic 2022  

Justin Miller

  • 2017 IHSAA State Qualifier

  • Trine University College Wrestler 

  • High School Assistant Coaching 2021-2023

  • Mental Sports Performance Coach