TECH WRESTLING CLUB

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WINTER FOLKSTYLE SEASON (Nov.-Jan.)

For advanced and beginners ages K-9th grade, our winter folkstyle teams learn the Tech Wrestling System and can compete at local tournaments. This is our most popular season!

WINTER SEASON INFO

SPRING OLYMPIC SEASON (Feb.-Apr.)

Freestyle and Greco emphasis (the Olympic styles) for grades 3rd-12th, all ability levels. A great time to hone your takedown game!

SPRING SEASON INFO

SUMMER CAMPS

A great way to stay in shape, keep your wrestling skills sharp, and to continue learning more! Various camps available.

SUMMER CAMPS INFO

LESSONS

A great way to get individualized instruction. By appointment only. 

LESSONS INFO

A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND WRESTLERS

READ THE GUIDE HERE

FAQ's

Everyone has questions. See if we have an answer here for one of yours.

FAQ's PAGE

WINTER FOLKSTYLE SEASON

Winter Season Overview

Winter is a great time to train at TECH! With age-specific training groups, beginner through advanced wrestlers grades K-9th train in a team setting where they learn and hone their folkstyle wrestling skills and fundamentals in the TECH Wrestling System at the TECH Training Facility at 1168 W 500 N, Centerville, Utah. The Club Registration fee for the season is $155.

Practice Schedule

NOVEMBER 14th-FEB. 6th 

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS


Tech Wrestling Club, 1168 W 500 N, Centerville, Utah



4:00-5:30 PM 4th-6th Grade

5:30-7:00 PM 7th-9th Grade

7:00-8:00 PM K-3rd Grade

USA Wrestling Membership

A current annual "Limited Folkstyle" USA Wrestling Membership is required to join TECH. This costs about $20 per year and can be purchased at USA Wrestling's membership website. Take a shortcut by clicking on the button below.

USA Wrestling Membership

Online Club Registration

Club winter registration is online and can be accessed by clicking the button below. A registration Open House will be held November 12th at TECH from 6:00-7:30 PM for parents who would like to meet the coaches, ask questions, and get more info. Registration can also be processed at the Open House.

Online Winter Club Registration

Coaches

Brandon Ripplinger


Dereck Wesche


Gentry Gasser



QUESTIONS CAN BE ADDRESSED TO  brandon.ripplinger@gmail.com or dereckwesche@gmail.com

Tournament Schedule

Tournaments are not mandatory but can offer wrestlers who are wanting to wrestle matches a chance to get match experience. Tournaments are generally held on Saturdays at various sites around the state and cost a $12-15 registration fee. Attempts to group wrestlers by size, age, and ability level are made. More information and the schedule can be found below.

Winter tournament schedule

WINTER TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

TOURNAMENTS

Tournaments are not mandatory but can offer wrestlers who are wanting to wrestle matches a chance to get match experience. Tournaments are generally held on Saturdays and cost a $12-15 registration fee. Attempts to group wrestlers by size, age, and ability level are made.


Wrestlers must be registered for the coming weekend's tournament no later than 4:30 PM on the Thursday before the tournament (Northern State and Super State need sooner registration than that). Registration is online at www.trackwrestling.com. Click on the "Events" tab and then search for the title of the tournament.


Schedules for each tournament including start times for each age division can be accessed at www.wrestleutah.com.


November 23 

Corner Canyon Tournament (Corner Canyon H.S.)


December 7

Jaydon Rogers Memorial (Fremont H.S.)


December 14

Battle Royal Tournament & Rec League State (Legacy Events Center)


December 28

Border Wars Duals (Bear River H.S.)


January 18

Christy's Clash (Syracuse H.S.)


January 24-25

Northern State Tournament (Bingham High School)

4th-6th Grade on Friday, 7th-9th on Saturday. Youth Festival for grades K-3rd on either Friday or Saturday evening. Early pre-registration is suggested as the Youth Festival caps once open spots are filled.


February  7-8

Youth Super State (Legacy Events Center, Farmington)

This is tournament is for more competitive level wrestlers grades K-9th. 


The USA Utah Wrestling website which contains the full schedule can be accessed at www.wrestleutah.com.

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SPRING OLYMPIC SEASON (Feb.-Apr.)

OLYMPIC SEASON

ONLINE REGISTRATION: (registration link coming soon)

USA Wrestling Standard Membership is required and can be purchased at www.usawmembership.com.


OVERVIEW

Freestyle is a takedown-focused style of wrestling. The freestyle wrestling season is a great time for wrestlers to focus on wrestling on their feet and executing takedowns, including more throws and takedowns from tie-ups, areas of wrestling technique that are not covered in as much depth during the folkstyle season. This is a very fun style and a change of pace from folkstyle.


PRACTICES SCHEDULE

February 27-April 16 @ TECH, 1168 W 500 N, Centerville, Utah

TUESDAYS, 7:00-8:00 PM Jr. Group (2nd-6th Grade); 8:00-9:30 PM Sr. Group (7th-12th grade)

FRIDAYS, 3:00-4:00 PM Jr. Group (2nd-6th Grade); 4:00-5:30 PM Sr. Group (7th-12th grade)


COACHES

Brandon Ripplinger

Gentry Gasser


TOURNAMENTS

Wrestlers who plan to compete at Saturday Freestyle tournaments will need to register for the tournament no later than 4:30 PM on the Thursday immediately prior to the Saturday tournament. Weighins for tournaments will take place at the end of practices. The State Freestyle Tournament will hold on-site weighins. 


QUESTIONS can be addressed to Brandon.ripplinger@gmail.com.

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SUMMER WRESTLING

Summer Camp Overview

TECH's Summer Camp is a great way to stay in shape, learn more wrestling, and have fun. With age-specific training groups, beginner through advanced wrestlers grades K-12th train in a team setting where they learn and hone their folkstyle wrestling skills and fundamentals in the TECH Wrestling System at the TECH Training Facility at 1168 W 500 N, Centerville, Utah. The Club Registration fee for the 8-week camp is $155.

Schedule

JUNE 2nd - JULY 23rd


Training Sessions held Tuesday and Thursday mornings.


Middle School Group (4th-8th Grade) 7:00-8:30 AM


High School Group (9th-12th Grade) 8:30-10:00 AM

USA Wrestling Membership Required

A current annual "Limited Folkstyle" USA Wrestling Membership is required to join TECH. This costs about $20 per year and can be purchased at USA Wrestling's membership website. Take a shortcut by clicking on the button below.

USA Wrestling Membership

Online Camp Registration

Participants must be pre-registered online prior to June 2nd. Registration and payment can be made by clicking on the button below.

Pre-register here

Coaches

Brandon RIpplinger


Dereck Wesche


Gentry Gasser


QUESTIONS CAN BE ADDRESSED TO  brandon.ripplinger@gmail.com or dereckwesche@gmail.com

TECH ADDRESS



TECH WRESTLING CLUB is located at 

1168 W 500 N, Centerville, Utah


Wrestling Lessons

Additional Information

We offer wrestling lessons for those looking to get individualized instruction.  Lessons are by appointment only and can be arranged with our instructors during our weekly lessons schedule. For more information email us at dereckwesche@gmail.com or Brandon.ripplinger@gmail.com


There are several ways lessons can serve your wrestler well:

*To work on an individual's technique

*To learn technique not covered during the season training

*To further practice and refine what you are learning in training

*To break down match video


Most lessons are done in small groups of 2-3 wrestlers who are the same size and share the lesson session which is typically 45-60 minutes as pre-arranged. Equal parts of the lesson are devoted to the focus on each wrestler's needs and strategic training plan.


Lessons are a great way to get extra individual help during the season as a supplement to the team training, or it can be a good way to continue learning in an individualized way in the off-season. There is no pressure or requirement to do lessons, but if this is something you are interested in as you might be piano or guitar lessons, we do wrestling lessons. If you have questions, talk to one of the coaches or email us at the addresses above.

Parent Guide and FAQ's

Additional Information

Whether you are a veteran wrestling parent or a rookie, there are a few things you will need to remember. The following guide is meant to be a helpful resource and answer questions you may have. 


What equipment does my wrestler need to where to practice?

Clean workout clothes: a t-shirt, shorts or sweat pants, preferably wrestling shoes but gym shoes are okay as long as they are clean and haven't been worn on the street or other places since cleaning. Headgear is optional for youth wrestlers at practice but needed for tournaments. Gear can be purchased at major sporting goods stores or online at sites like Amazon.


How do we buy team gear?

At the beginning of the season, you can order gear at the front desk at TECH, or watch for an email from the club after registration. Gear is ordered early so don't hesitate to ask if you want to order and haven't heard anything.


Does my wrestler have to wrestle at tournaments?

Tournaments are not required but encouraged for wrestlers who feel they are ready and want to go try the moves out that they have learned in a real match setting. Most tournaments bracket wrestlers of similar age, size, and ability level to attempt to get kids competitive matches. When registering your wrestler you will select an "experience level". Our general rule of thumb (there are of course exceptions) is that a wrestler shouldn't go to tournaments until he 1-) has a decent understanding of how a match works, and 2-) is excited to start wrestling at tournaments. The tournaments that we list on our schedule on this website are the tournaments we plan to go to. You do not have to go to all of them, but we hope that who are competing will go to as many as they can that fit their family's schedule. There are more tournaments out there that we don't attend, so if a parent wants to take his or her wrestler to a tournament not on our schedule, you are welcome to go on your own. WE  ENCOURAGE ALL OUR WRESTLERS (GRADES 4-9) WITH DECENT EXPERIENCE TO COMPETE AT THE NORTHERN STATE TOURNAMENT AT THE END OF JANUARY. 


How do I register and weigh-in for tournaments?

Tournament registration is online and must be completed by Thursday afternoon before the tournament. (Super State and Northern State require even earlier pre-registrations, so please see www.wrestleutah.com for detailed scheduled and instructions for those tournaments.) Weighins for normal tournaments will take place at our club at the end of Thursday's practices.


What "level" should I register for at tournaments?

The level options are: Beginner, Average, Good, Excellent. Excellent is usually what the very best kids in the state register as (state placer or state champion). If your wrestler is a first year wrestler, definitely "Beginner". Other than that, use your judgment. Some parents register wrestlers too high or too low, but in general do your best to register your wrestler at a level where he will have a good balance of opponents in which he can practice what he is learning but also be somewhat challenged. In other words, if you are registering him as "beginner" and he is man-handling everyone, it is time to move him up a level. Try the next level up for a couple weeks, and gauge it to see if that is an appropriate level. After awhile you get a decent idea for what level your wrestler should be registered as. One mistake parents sometimes make is when they register their beginner wrestler as "excellent" in hopes fo making him learn how to compete with the best kids. That rarely if ever works out without the young wrestler getting completely discouraged. Appropriate level is an important part of normal development, and individuals progress at their own pace. Let them be them and provide them with the right scaffolding as they progress.


Do I need to buy a singlet or wrestling shoes, and if so, where can I get that equipment?

Singlets are not required but may be more comfortable and allow easier maneuvering when competing. Club singlets can be purchased in the gear order at the beginning of the season, or you can buy a generic singlet at a sporting goods store or online at amateur wrestling websites. If you have questions on if a singlet is approved, ask an experienced parent or a coach.


What should I expect at tournaments?

Most tournaments operate on a staggered start schedule. That means a couple age divisions will start at, say, 9 AM and conclude by 10 AM, and then a couple more age divisions will start at 10 and finish by 11. Your wrestler's weight class will usually be assigned to a Mat for the session, and all his matches will be on the same mat. Usually wrestlers will get three matches with about a 15-20 minute break between matches. Brackets are round-robin at normal local season tournaments, and championship tournaments are double-elimination. The reason we go to tournaments is to get "practice matches" and to learn how to wrestle matches. We want our wrestlers to learn how to score points in matches, how to win matches, and how to handle themselves in competition settings, but at the end of the day, we see these as an extension of practice and development. So do your best and have fun. Get to know other people from our team and from other teams while you are there. There are many great people involved in the wrestling community and many great opportunities for connections around the state and around the country. Coaching-wise, coaches will try their best to be in the corner for our wrestlers when their match is on, but they won't always be there and parents are welcome to coach/support their wrestlers from the corner when that is the case. Please express gratitude to our coaches when they are there and be sure to listen to their advice after the match. Championship events, however, do normally have a coach in the corner for every match.