Knock the rust off your wrestling shoes, meet the coaches, learn some technique, and get in some wrestling! This free preseason clinic is for everyone with wrestling experience, especially those wrestlers considering the intermediate and advanced levels. Register here for both dates; come to one or come to both. Clinics will be in the Berlin High School wrestling room on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 from 6:30-8:15pm. Kollin Moore will be Nov. 1 clinician. J. Jaggers will be the Nov. 8 clinician.
This option is for advanced youth wrestlers, likely 4-6th graders, with wrestling experience who have a solid technical foundation and who are ready to train at a faster, more intense level. The advanced group will practice 3 times a week from mid November until the OAC State Tournament in March. The advanced group competes in a number of tournaments across the state. The advanced price includes a club t-shirt; a team gear store will be available. The advanced group will be coached by Kollin Moore and Mike Fickell. Season: November 15, 2022 - March 25, 2023 When: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:15pm; Saturdays 10-11:30am Where: Berlin High School, 3140 Berlin Station Road, Delaware, OH, 43065
This option is for intermediate youth wrestlers, likely 3-6th graders who are capable of learning basic wrestling techniques at a level higher than the beginner group, but aren't ready for the advanced group. Intermediate level wrestlers will be working toward advanced level placement, they'll learn fundamental wrestling techniques that are successful at every level, and they'll be encouraged to compete in the Hellickson League tournaments. The intermediate group practices twice a week from mid November until the Hellickson League Championships in February. Intermediate wrestlers will receive a club t-shirt and have access to the Cardinals WC team store. The intermediate group coach will be Noah Messerall. Season: November 15, 2022 - February 5, 2023 When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm Where: Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center, OH, 43035
This option is for beginner youth wrestlers, all K-2 graders and some 3rd and 4th graders new to the sport. Beginner level wrestlers will learn basic wrestling techniques and motions through wrestling-related drills and games. The focus is on fitness, fun, and building a love for the sport. The beginner level may compete within the club or at duals when ready, but competition is not the focus of this group. (Beginners will not compete in the Hellickson League.) The beginner group practices twice a week through December and January. Each wrestler will receive a club t-shirt and have access to the Cardinals WC team store. The beginner group will be coached by Tyson Porter (last year's OWLs head coach); high school wrestlers will be at each practice to assist Coach Porter. Season: December 5, 2022 - February 1, 2023 When: Mondays at OOHS and Wednesdays at OBHS, 6:30-7:45pm Where: Orange High School, 2840 E. Orange Rd., Lewis Center, OH, 43035 (Mondays); Berlin High School, 3140 Berlin Station Road, Delaware, OH, 43065; (Wednesdays)
Middle School post-season training for those with their sights set on the OAC District (TBA) and State Tournaments (March 18, 2023). Practices will begin on February 1 and last until OAC State. There will be three practices a week: Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-8:15pm, and Saturdays 10-11:30am at Berlin High School.
Club Head Coach
Coach Moore is one of America's most distinguished wrestlers. A former Buckeye, Moore was a 3-time All-American, a 4x NCAA qualifier, a national finalist, a 3x Big 10 Champion, and a Hodge Trophy runner-up. He is a member of the US National Team with numerous international medals to his name. He currently competes and trains at the Ohio RTC. Coach Moore is from Burbank, Ohio (Norwayne High School); there he was a multi-sport athlete, a 3x State placer, and an OHSAA state champion in 2015.
Coach Fickell was an NCAA All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. At Penn, Fickell was All-Ivy, Ivy League Wrestler of the Year, team captain, and an EIWA Champion. Fickell did his prep wrestling at St. Francis DeSales High School where he finished 2nd in 1995 and 3rd in 1996. He was also a standout football player for the Stallions earning all-district and honorable-mention all-state honors.
Intermediate Head Coach
Noah is on the Olentangy HIgh School wrestling staff and in in his 4th year of teaching elementary school for Delaware City Schools. He was a state qualifier for Thomas Worthington High School and went on to wrestle in college at Heidelberg University.
Beginner Head Coach
Coach Porter played collegiate soccer at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. He has 8 years of wrestling experience, including tenures as the Olentangy Wrestling League (OWLs) head coach and as an assistant coach at Berlin HS. Coach Porter teaches history at Berlin High School. He and his wife, Lyndsey, live in Delaware, OH with their dog.
Coach Gavlak wrestled at Case Western University. Coach Gavlak is a father, an avid sports fan, and an independent wealth advisor at WealthSource. He and his family live in Delaware, OH.
Coach Jennings has over 20 years of wrestling and coaching experience. He is the founder of Financial Providence Group, main donor of OSU's Jennings Wrestling Facility, and an avid supporter of all things wrestling. He and his family live in Delaware, OH.
Coach "Heff" is the head wrestling coach at Olentangy Berlin High School; he has over 20 years of coaching experience. A number of his athletes earned OHSAA state medals and college wrestling opportunities. Heff wrestled collegiately for Ohio University where he was an NCAA qualifier in 1999, a 3x MAC placewinner, a team captain, and a Most Valuable Wrestler award winner. (He also played baseball for the Bobcats.) A native of Chicago, he wrestled at Palatine High School where he was a state runner-up in 1994. He is the English department chair and an ELA teacher at Berlin High School. He and his family live in Powell, Ohio.
Coach Murphy was a Nebraska state finalist in high school and a teammate of Coach Fickell's at the University of Pennsylvania where he was an EIWA CHampion and an NCAA Qualifier in 1997.