The new Avon Lake Wrestling Club starting youth workouts this week at Avon Lake High promises to be one of the best around for athletes preparing for future success in the sport.
The Club’s motto – “There are no losers in wrestling, just winners and learners” – captures the spirit of this new nonprofit group.
Jumping on board as coaches and clinic hosts are a number of sports’ biggest local names, like Matt Ghaffari – former Cleveland State University great who captured a silver medal in the 1996 Olympics. He will help with clinics this year!
“When a wrestling coach turned me on to wrestling, it really changed my life,” said Avon Lake High head coach Nick Mayer, a former Shoremen athlete who also wrestled at Ohio University.
The ALWC has assembled a terrific cast of coaches. Mayer will be assisted by Marcus Effner, son of former Cleveland State head coach Jack Effner and a state champ while at Garfield Hts. High before becoming an NCAA qualifier in college.
Hometown coaches Scott Peepers and Don George are also behind the program that opens workouts this Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the high school wrestling room. “Parents always tell me it’s the perfect winter sport for kids. They get to roll around on the mats and they can’t break anything!” said Peepers
Wrestling is a great sport cost-wise. All you need is wrestling shoes. The $200 annual ALWC fee brings a tremendous value: singlet, shorts, matches for the youth season, four tournaments and a USA Wrestling Card that qualifies athletes for year-round competition.
“We will also be bringing in great coaches like Matt Ghaffari, Mike Kulzsycki (two-time St. Ed state champ and Michigan alum), Erik Burnett and Notre Dame College standout Anthony Coleman,” said Mayer.
Practices start this week, Oct. 28. K-2 will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., kids in grades 3-6 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Membership is open! Stop by, or call Coach Mayer at (216) 789-3775.
Visit the club’s Facebook page at facebook.com/AvonLakeWrestlingClub