About Us

TBTWC strives to provide our youth of all ages, sizes and experience levels with a positive experience in wrestling. We work to teach them valuable skills important in life such as good sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, hard work, sports ethics, self-motivation, confidence, character, courage, dedication and confidence to be Champions in life, on and off the mat. The structure of our program is to promote individual excellence from an unwavering commitment to being the best we can possibly be. “We’re building this thing the right way and building it to last.”

Of the many sports your child can participate in, wrestling is perhaps the most misrepresented, misunderstood and underrated. Hopefully this guide will help expose the myths and uncover the benefits wrestling has to offer, and most importantly, help parents understand how this unique sport compliments other sports choices their child makes.

The Actual Sport of Wrestling

Based on self-discipline, hard work, skill and determination.  Conducted on a mat with wrestling shoes and headgear.  Physically demanding, is relatively low “impact” and combative.  Does not involve or even tolerate actions intended to cause injury.  

World class wrestlers utilize skills, strength and endurance developed over a lifetime of practice and hard work.  

Primary objective in wrestling is to gain control of your opponent and to ultimately pin your opponent by holding both shoulder blades simultaneously, on the mat for a period of two seconds.

Ability Groups

Wrestlers are broken into three ability groups based on experience. Coaches will help you determine where your wrestler should be for practices and tournaments. If a wrestler places in the top 3 of an Open bracket that has 6 or more wrestlers they should be moved up to open. Older and heavier wrestlers that are new to wrestling may go straight to open for practice purposes but compete in Novice until ready to move up. Again we will help evaluate this and we will not throw your wrestler to the wolves.

Description of Practice Levels:
Novice Wrestlers(1st and 2nd year wrestlers 7 years old or less)

Open Wrestlers(1st/2nd/3rd/4th year wrestlers 8 and up)

Elite Wrestlers(3rd year and above)

*None of these levels are concrete rules but between these 3 classes we can suit most everyone’s needs. Reach out if you have questions on where your wrestler fits.

Expanded Information about Novice/Open/Elite classes:
Novice – This group is geared towards a slower pace of learning with more fun and games.  The goal of this group is to teach the wrestlers to love the sport while also teaching the most basic  fundamentals in USA Wrestling’s Level 1 core curriculum.  NO HS WRESTLERS WILL FALL IN THE NOVICE CATEGORY
Open – This group is geared toward accelerated learning of the fundamentals of wrestling and wrestling movements.  The goal of this group is to get wrestlers’ competition ready as quickly as possible through teaching all of USA Wrestling Level 1 core curriculum and some of USA Wrestling Level 2 and 3 core curriculum.  We do some agility and tumbling with this group as well as a fair amount of conditioning.
Elite – This group is geared toward continued mastery of our “go to” offenses and defenses and keeping our wrestlers in the best wrestling shape as is possible.  This group is expected to know and be able to perform USAW’s level 1 curriculum completely as well as much from level 2 and 3.  We are constantly introducing new techniques to our elite wrestlers.  The expectations are that the wrestlers in our Elite room are training to become State/National Placers and Champions.  These practices are all gas and no brakes and can be VERY physically and mentally demanding for your wrestler(s).  Our goal has always been and remains to be to break down your wrestlers physically and mentally so we can then build them back up stronger.  Lots of blood, sweat, tears, and puke have been shed in these practices.  Once your wrestler is ready for the Elite room, it is in my and all of our staff/boards opinion that the treatment they get in that room will have a tremendous and invaluable impact on them both on and off the mat for the rest of their lives!


Director/Treasurer: Heather Worrel

Head Coach: Travis McBurney

Head Coach: Austin Killinger

Developmental Coach: Joshua Hogan

High School Liaison: Damon Parker/Joshua Hogan

Founding Members

Greg Murray & Mark Mikoleit

Contact Us

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