Archive for July, 2012

Dear Quest School of Wrestling’s Families, Friends and Fans,

I respectfully announce that Mike Heinl and I have mutually decided to dissolve the Akerly Heinl Enterprises, LLC, Quest School of Wrestling (Quest North). Both of us remain committed to youth wrestling and will continue to teach and coach wrestling. I sincerely wish Mike the best of luck.

As most know, I have owned and operated the Quest School of Wrestling for over twelve years. I have been privileged by having the opportunity to train many successful wrestlers; including Youth and Jr/High School, District, Region, State, AAU, and National Champions. But more so, I have been very fortunate over these past twelve years to have and continue to have, such dedicated, loyal, committed and hardworking wrestling families join Quest! Thank you for your business and support!

I will continue to operate the Quest School of Wrestling at 2403 Washington Road, Canonsburg Pa. However, Quest School of Wrestling will be relocating to a brand new gym sometime this year. The new space will be located in Canonsburg! Construction plans are being finalized right now for a 6000 square foot facility which will feature double the mat space, separate parent waiting area, work out space, juice and health snack area, study room with computers, tutoring services will be available, private locker room with showers, plenty of parking and much much more! We have plans for a Grand Opening Celebration details will be forthcoming!

Please know I have many years of experience as a Coach. I have a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education and have received Masters Education in Community Health and Education. I was formerly the Head Coach of American University, where I received the Colonial Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year award in 1997. I have been the Assistant Coach for West Virginia University, Edinboro University, Rider University and the University of Virginia. I am a Pennsylvania Jr. Wrestling Hall of Fame member, and one of a few who hold 5 PJW State Titles. I graduated from WVU and during my career with the Mountaineer mat men, I set a school record for most wins, with a 119-36-4 record in the 150 lbs. weight class. I was an NCAA All American in 1987 and a three-time NCAA national qualifier. I was a finalist at the prestigious Midlands Tournament. Additionally, I have coached the Pennsylvania Freestyle and Greco National Teams.

Again, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of you and let you know that I am excited about the new facility, the future of Quest School of Wrestling and the many great training opportunities planned for the 2012-2013 year! As always if you have any questions, please let us know! I welcome you feedback, suggestions and thoughts on improving the Quest School of Wrestling!


Jim Akerly
Owner and Program Director, Quest School of Wrestling

Don’t Miss Out on this Great Opportunity:

Kerry McCoy, current Head Coach for the Terps will be conducting a clinic for all Quest members at 5:30pm on Sunday July 29th.   This is another exciting opportunity Quest School of Wrestling is offering it’s members this summer.   

Kerry McCoy became head coach for the University of Maryland wrestling program on May 12, 2008.

Since then, the former All-American and Olympic wrestler has taken the program to new heights, guiding the Terps to three straight top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships, two ACC titles and coaching six Terps to All-America status, while twice being named ACC Coach of the Year.

Prior to his position at the University of Maryland, Kerry was  a coach for the 2008 Olympic Men’s Freestyle Wrestling team. He attended all of the training camps and traveled to Beijing, China, where Henry Cejudo won a Gold Medal.

Before coming to Maryland, McCoy spent three seasons as head coach at Stanford, transforming the Cardinal into a national contender after inheriting a team that went 6-8-1 in 2004-05.  Kerry also coached at Leigh and Penn State.

Kerry was a three-time All-American, he was named the Penn State Athlete of the Year and the Nittany Lions’ Wrestler of the Year in 1994 and 1997 while being tabbed the 1997 Hodge Award winner as W.I.N. Magazine’s Wrestler of the Year. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1997.

McCoy was also a two-time Olympian for the United States and took fifth place at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and seventh in 2004 in Athens. McCoy also won five straight U.S. National Freestyle Wrestling Championships from 2000 to 2004.

McCoy has been a member of the United States National Team nine times and earned a silver medal in 2003 at the World Championships. In August 2003, McCoy won a gold medal at the Pan-Am Games and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

This is a tremendous opportunity for all of our Quest Wrestlers!    Please RSVP let us know if you plan on attending:


Go Team USA

Click on Picture to See What is Going On with Team USA!


Quest School of Wrestling has a great camp opportunity for all its members!   

Starting Tuesday July 24th till Thursday July 26th we will have clinic from 10am to 3pm featuring current Division 1 Wrestlers:

The cost for this clinic is $125.00.   Sign up soon, spots are filling quickly!     

This clinic is a first in a new series of camps and clinics Quest School of Wrestling will be hosting specfically for MEMBERS Only!  Look for information to come out on other MEMBER Only opportunities to come out soon!

It’s hard to believe, but the Annual Camping and Rafting Trip is just three weeks away!  For those of you who have never ventured out with us on this trip, you don’t know what you are missing!    So come on out into the woods with us on August 3rd till August 5th.    The weekend begins around 6pm on Friday at the Tall Oaks Camp Ground.    The cost per night for camping is $11.50 for anyone over the age of 12 and half price for kids under 12.     It is tent camping and bring your own food and cooler of beverages!   We will have a grill, griddle and coffee pot for use and a pavillion reserved.

Campground link:

We are heading down river around 1:30pm.    For those boating we have reservations made with Ohiopyle Trading Post.  We will meet everyone at the Guided Raft Checkin.   Here is a link for Ohiopyle State Park, where you can locate maps and other things to do if you don’t want to raft with us on Saturday.

Everyone rafting will pay for your trip at time of check in.  Please remember that if you use a guide that fee does not include a Guide Tip, so please bring some cash to tip your guide that day too!     Here is the website for the rafting company we use:   The cost will be approximately $80 a person for a guided boat.

Everyone who goes with us for this weekend has an awesome time.  Even if you don’t want to raft, come down and camp with us for the weekend!

We need to get an approximate head count on who is coming and the number of rafters.   Let us know if you plan on heading out on the river with or without a guide!  PLEASE RSVP IF YOU ARE GOING BY 7/30/12.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to call Jim at 412-352-3727

Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 USA Olympic Wrestler, shares his opinion on how a coach should be.



Quest School of Wrestling is looking to form Three(3) Teams

(Elementary, Jr High and High School)

to attend the 2012 United States Summer Team Championships.

Sponsored by

National Wrestling Hall of Fame: New Jersey Chapter

Down the Shore! Long Branch, New Jersey

August 10th and 11th 2012

Details below:


2008 Champions

Any interested wrestler must let us know ASAP so that we can solidify teams.   The cost per wrestler for the event is $55.00 plus the cost of hotel arrangements.   We need interested wrestlers to email us at   We have 25 rooms reserved at a cost of$159.00 a night.  If you are interested in going, please let us know your wrestler(s) names, ages and weights; and if you need a room and for how many nights.    We are requiring a $25.00 deposit for the trip paid by July 27th  (make checks out to Jim Akerly-please drop off at practice or mail to 387 McClane Farm Road Washington Pa 15301)

The hotel arrangements have been made at

La Quinta Inn in West Long Branch which is located 2 minutes from the event venue and 5 minutes from the beach.  All the major restaurants and food is within blocks

Again the cost is $159 per night ( including the tax)

All rooms have double queen beds, free hot breakfast, microwaves, refrigerators, and hotel includes indoor pool with fitness center.    Address:  109 Rte 36   West Long Branch, NJ 07764    Phone 732-229-2169

*** DO NOT  Contact Hotel we will run the master list and coordinate with the La Quinta ***

Hotel website

The United States Folkstyle Team Wrestling Championship  will be held in  the city of Long Branch on the beautiful Jersey Shore this August 10th and 11th, 2012.

The 2012 United States Summer Team Championships Wrestling Event will be hosted at the Long Branch High School and Middle School state of the art/air conditioned facilities.


The NWHOF 2012 U.S. Summer Team Championships are open to all  Club/High School/Middle School/and Elementary School Divisions.

The event starts with Pool wrestling on Friday August 10th and Bracket Wrestling out to a Champion on Saturday August 11th. Confirmed teams from across the United States will be released next week. Teams from Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsy, Virginia, Delaware, Conn, and Mass have confirmed while California, Florida, and Illinois continue to work on their  travel logistics.

Weigh-ins Thursday August 9th from 3pm – 9pm or 7am to 8am Friday August 10th

Weight classes:

High School graduating Seniors allowed: 105, 115,120,125,130,135,140,148, 156,170,190, Hwt

Middle School Up to include 9th grade: 75, 82, 90, 96, 102, 110, 118, 125, 132, 140, 150,160, 220

Elementary Division up to include 6th grade: 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 92, 100, 107, 114, 120, 128, 135,  Hwt

3lb  allowance

Wrestling begins both days at 9am