Registration for the 4th Annual Nick Gavazzi Camp is below, or you can click the link here:   Camp Registration.   As many know, this is a highly attended camp, that receives high accolades from all who attend, it is open to any and all entrants.   The camp’s profits are donated to the Too Sweet Memorial Foundation, which regularly supports the area’s youth and high school wrestling community.  Additionally, this past year, the proceeds from the camp went to taking 4 Quest Teams to the NHSCA National Duals in Virginia Beach, whereby three of the teams made it into the final day of competition and our Team Black took 4th out of 197 Teams!!!

Check out below, the star studding coaching staff added for the 2019 camp!  

This year we have added the following to the camp’s Coaching Staff:

Gene Mills: 
Gene Mills, a native of New Jersey, and carries the nickname “Mean Gene, The Pinning Machine” by piling up falls from the time he was a kid all the way through his international career. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame (NWHoF) has him for 886 total falls across all levels of competition as well as 1356 career victories. At Syracuse, Mills was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion, winning in 1979 and 1981. In 1980, he took a redshirt to pursue an Olympic gold medal during this same year, Mills was named athlete of the year by the U.S. Olympic committee.  Although Mills did not compete in the Moscow Olympics because of the U.S. boycott, he became a World Super Champion in Japan and a Tbilisi Champion in the former USSR.  Mills was voted the outstanding wrestler in both tournaments. Mills was a finalist for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team but shoulder reconstruction prevented him from fulfilling his Olympic dream.
Mills was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000. Mills went on to become a successful high school wrestling coach in Phoenix, NY.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Two-time NCAA Champion; four-time All-American; World Cup Champion and Outstanding Wrestler; Tbilisi Soviet Champion and Outstanding Wrestler; U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year; Distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame


Tim Flynn:  

Tim Flynn is currently the head coach at West Virginia University.   He started there in 2018 from Edinboro, where he spent the past 21 years building the Fighting Scots into a wrestling powerhouse. He compiled a 223-95-5 career record at Edinboro to become the school’s all-time winningest coach and a member of its Hall of Fame.

His accomplishments at Edinboro totaled 150 national qualifiers, 38 All-Americans, 64 EWL champions and 97 PSAC champions. He led the Fighting Scots to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, 14 top-20 finishes and 18 top-25 finishes.

Flynn engineered in recent years two of the best seasons in Edinboro wrestling history.  He received NWCA NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honors, shared InterMat Coach of the Year honors with Minnesota’s J Robinson and also was selected as WIN’s Dan Gable Coach of the Year.

He was the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Coach of the Year seven times and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year 13 times. Flynn also coached three national champions (John Koscheck at 174 in 2001, Gregor Gillespie at 149 in 2007 and Jarrod King at 165 in 2009) and eight NCAA runners-up.

The former Penn State All-American, before taking over the head coaching duties, Flynn was an assistant at Edinboro under legendary coach and Olympian Bruce Baumgartner from 1992-97. Flynn assisted Baumgartner to a 56-21 record, including a 14-0 dual match mark and a sixth-place finish at Nationals in 1996.

Nick Heflin:

Nick Heflin has been the assistant coach of Oklahoma University since 2017. In Heflin’s first year, OU finished in second place at the 2017 Big 12 Championship, and eight wrestlers qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis and in his second season, the Sooners sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. Heflin aided in top-tier recruiting, bringing four top-100 recruits to Norman ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Prior to his time at OU, Heflin spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Princeton. Heflin helped lead the Tigers to their seventh top-25 finish in program history in 2016-17 after sending seven student-athletes to the NCAA Championships, including freshman All-American Matthew Kolodzik. In 2015-16 under Heflin’s direction, 197-pounder Brett Harner earned the EIWA crown and reach the podium at the national tournament.

Additional Coaches include:

Quest’s own and assistant coach of George Mason University, Mason Beckman.

Two of West Virginia University’s finest.   Vertus Jones and WVU’s first NCAA Champion, Scott Collins!


July 31-August 2 2017

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Quest School of Wrestling is pleased to announce the return of our “Invitational Clinic”.
This camp is intended for all ages, however, it is definitely for the more advanced wrestler! Additional details are below regarding the format of this camp.  And the link to register you will find above!

We have put together a staff of coaches that we are very proud to present. We know from experience, that these gentlemen are not just  great on the mat but also have the ability to teach their techniques with great success. It is our hope to give the wrestlers an opportunity to work in small group settings with outstanding coaches.

Confirmed Clinicians are below:

 

Nate Carr 3 time NCAA Champion World Cup Champion US Open 
Kenny Monday He has won every major tournament at every level and everything in between
 Vertus Jones 3 time NCAA All-American 2 time NCAA Finalist 
Scott Collins NCAA Champion 1st Team Academic All-American 
Whitey Chlebove 2 time NCAA All-American 

Plus, we have a few others!!
The camp will be as follows:     1.5 to 2 hours of technique in the morning. This will take place in a group of no more than 10 wrestlers. After a break, wrestlers will return for a live session in which groups will combine with another group of ten wrestlers around the same weight and will be instructed by both group’s coaches. That evening wrestlers will return for another technique session like the first with a new coach.   This will be a unique learning experience for your son or daughter. I have personally observed all of this staff teach over the years and have been impressed with their ability to teach and engage the wrestlers.  The intent of this camp is that each wrestler is not just shown moves but leaving having learned the moves.  Additionally, the goal is that they are getting a chance to wrestle with new partners and learn from the voice of new coaches.

Again, we are limiting enrollment to the first 70 applicants.  The cost will be $275.00 per wrestler. Sorry, but we can’t offer a sibling discount for this opportunity.

Scheduled camp times for each wrestler, will be sent out after registration is closed and groups are put together.   Session times for each wrestler may vary an hour or two either way depending on the group wrestlers are assigned

For those wrestlers, needing overnight accommodations, please let me know when you Register.   We have a block of hotel rooms available nearby.
If you have questions please feel free to call me.

Kind regards,

Jim 412-352-3727

College Prospect Clinic

Posted: September 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Quest School of Wrestling announces the return of it’s College Prospect Clinic.   This is an intensive one day clinic designed for prospective student athletes seeking college wrestling exposure.   The day is will consist of 3 training sessions with a vast partner mix; the clinic will expose wrestlers to hands on world class technique from two extremely accomplished clinicians.
This is a clinic designed for the wrestler who wants to maximize their potential through technical development, hard drilling, live wrestling, and exposure to college coaches from across the USA. 
***The Prospect Clinic is intended for competitive high school aged wrestlers who are highly motivated to compete in college.  Take advantage of this opportunity learn from some of the best and display your wrestling skills.
Click Here to Register:       College Prospect Camp Registration

Camp Clinicians include:

Brian Dolph:   3X Division 1 NCAA All American; 1X Division 1 NCAA Champion; Olympic Alternate and Former University of Pennsylvania Coach

Vertus Jones:   3X Division 1 NCAA All American; 2X National Finalist

The camp, is $75.00 per wrestler, and will be limited to wrestlers currently in grades 8-13.   The cost includes lunch.     “Full Team Discounts” will be provided.   The number of participants and full teams is limited.

Please Register ASAP at the link above.  

Lodging is available for any wrestler or their family at our sponsor hotel:  

HYATT PLACE PITTSBURGH SOUTH MEADOWS RACETRACK & CASINO
212 Racetrack Road, Washington, PA 15301, USA
Direct +1 724 470 9203 
Rate is $109.00/night plus tax



Date:     October 7, 2017
Time:    9:15 am Report and Sign In
10:00am to 11:30am Session 1
11:30am to 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm to 2:00pm Session 2
3:00pm to 4:30pm  Session 3

Please email questions to:    WrestleQuest@gmail.com

 

Announcing: Pat Santoro Camp

Posted: August 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

Quest is proud to announce a great end of summer camp opportunity. This camp is open to anyone (members and non members). So pass the word!

Pat Santoro, the head coach of Lehigh University along with Lehigh University Graduate and 3x All American, Mason Beckman will be conducting a two day camp on Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st. Wrestlers may participate in both days or just one!

Details and Registration for camp are below!   Check out this video of Pat teaching at a camp last summer:

 


halfwayThe Quest School of Wrestling is pleased to announce that the Nick Gavazzi, “Too Sweet Memorial Fund” is up and running.    The fund was originally established in April of 2015, with the goal to provide support to the Western Pennsylvania Wrestling community. The fund was established initially by Nick’s Family and the Quest School of Wrestling in remembrance of Nick, who tragically died in a car accident in February 2015. Nick’s family and his coach Jim Akerly, envision honoring Nick by growing this fund large enough to create a lasting impact in supporting the Western Pennsylvania Wrestling Community. What better way to remember Nick by honoring him while supporting the sport he loved!

Grants will be distributed directly from the fund, and will support local program and  individual need based requests. The Foundation of the Too Sweet Memorial Fund will be working hard to grow this fund. Anyone who wishes to make a “forever” impact on the lives of local wrestlers, may make a donation below link or a donation may also be made by sending a check made payable to the “Nick Gavazzi Fund” Attention: Too Sweet Foundation 387 McClane Farm Road, Washington, PA 15301.

Donate Here to the Nick Gavazzi Fund

Please let the Too Sweet Foundation know if contributions are “in memory” of someone and if you’d like the Too Sweet Foundation to notify the person’s family of your donation.


Ian Malesiewski is a 16 year old wrestler, who attends Coach Akerly’s alma mater, Cathedral Prep. More importantly he is a bright young local wrestler, who was injured in at the Fila Cadet Freestyle/Greco tournament in Akron, Ohio on June 3rd, 2016. Ian’s injury included broken bones in his neck along with spinal cord damage. He has a very long road of medical treatments and rehab to hopefully regain his mobility and strength. I ask that you please consider joining Quest for a great day of wrestling and show your support for Ian and the Malesiewski family. Tournament can be found here: Be a Dog Tournament

Ian became a big fan of a Coastal Carolina YouTube clip in which the coach kept referencing “Be A Dog” and thus the Be A Dog theme.

INDIVIDUAL FOLKSTYLE OPEN “Be a Dog”
OPEN & NOVICE DIVISION!!!!!
Cathedral Prep Events Center, Erie, Pa 16501

Date: Saturday, August 6th, 2016
Location: Cathedral Prep Events Center, 501 West 12th St., Erie, Pa 16501
Start Time: Split start: Morning session 9:00 AM – afternoon session 1:00 pm
Awards: Top 4 placers will receive awards. Each weight class champion will win custom “BE A DOG” Tournament Champion Tank Top and medal. 2nd through 4th will receive medals.

Thank you so much,
Jen and Jim Akerly

With all the politics….

Posted: April 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

With all the craziness surrounding the Presidential Election this week, it makes for a prime moment to stop and reflect about something that we probably don’t think about enough.  And that’s “Liberty”.  For those on a quest in this life to “be great” at something, whether that’s a wrestler, or a student, or a professional, there is a different mindset with those who achieve “greatness” and for those who settle on “middle-class”.  We often quote author, Steve Siebold.   His book the “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class”, is our “go to book” in our own house.    In his book he has a section in it titled, “The World Class Loves Liberty”, and its worth mentioning.

Steve talks in this section about how,

While the middle class may take their liberties for granted, the world class sees it as one of their greatest assets.  Liberty: the right to act, believe or express yourself in a manner of your choosing.  The great ones know their opportunity to become great begins with the freedom to choose and create their own destiny.   The middle class consciousness doesn’t hold liberty in such high regard, because they don’t believe they have much to lose.   They are unaware that their liberty, combined with their ability to upgrade their programming, has the potential to catapult them into world class.   As a result they remain mentally bound to mediocrity.

So ask yourself, “am I taking full advantage of the liberty that is yours”?    Each one of us, on our quest for greatness has that to consider.   If you want to be great at the sport of wrestling, don’t have a mediocre mindset.  As Steve Siebold points out, “The middle class are searching the world for gold, not recognizing it is right in their own backyard.”    So be different, choose your destiny, pay your dues, do the work, and stop looking all over for the “better solution”.  The difference between being mediocre and great begins and ends with you!

Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it”  -George Bernard Shaw