July 31-August 2 2017


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

Did you know Quest School of Wrestling now has an app?    Well it’s free and it is the easiest way to stay connected, see our schedule, and get notified!

Quest app

You can scan the QR codes below, or click the links to download the free app today!

Apple link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quest-school-of-wrestling/id960088835?mt=8

Android link:   https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kbf.app11178280&hl=en

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Nick Gavazzi Memorial T-Shirts

Posted: February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Tragically on Monday, 2/23/15 Quest School of Wrestling lost an inspirational and special member of its family, Nick Gavazzi.

Nick And Jim

To honor to his memory, and to support the Gavazzi family we are selling memorial t-shirts. Nick loved the city in which her grew up, and therefore the design features the Pittsburgh skyline. For those of you having the privilege in knowing Nick, it’s easy to understand why his club coach and mentor, Jim Akerly bestowed upon him the name “Too Sweet”. So the shirt features this reference in Nick’s memory.

Here is the design:

Final Design

Shirts are $25.00 each and the proceeds will go to the Gavazzi family to use as they feel necessary. Please go to our website tab “Nick Gavazzi Memorial T-shirts” to order yours today!

Nick made reference to the following quote, and lived his beautiful short life finding solace within these words

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.

William R. Alger

Let’s keep the faith and keep smiling as Nick would want.

Quest has partnered with HERO Wrestling to bring our wrestlers, “shoe skins”.  
Wrestling shoe skins easily and quickly slip over wrestling shoes keeping them clean and the mats safe.


Click here for more information and to order your pair now!!!!      www.herowrestling.com/pages/quest

Announcing 12 Session Novice Program

We’re excited to announce that the Quest School of Wrestling is offering a 12 session Novice Training Program.   The program will begin on Monday, April 21st, and be held until July 14th.  (Closed on Monday 5/26)   This program is intended for wrestlers with one or two year prior experience.     The program cost is $200.00.  Sign up now, there is still spots open!!!!   Coach Akerly has already enrolled over 30 to the program, so it will be a great experience for new wrestlers to learn, find great work out partners and train all summer!

Again the first session starts Monday 4/21!

Register on the website, by selecting “Novice Program” on the registration tab!

Register for Quest School of Wrestling-Select Novice Program

Winning isn’t Everything, but wanting to win is “

-Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, legendary coach, Green Bay Packers

As many of our youth wrestlers head to Pa States and some off to compete at the D1 NCAA Nationals, it seems appropriate to say a few words about determination.    Steve Siebold, Mental Toughness Coach, does a great series on the thought processes, habits and philosophies of the great ones.   In one section, he speaks about how the “World Class is Determined to Win”, and “as simple as it sounds, many times the only thing that separates winners from losers is pure determination.”     Siebold explains that the mediocre or amateurs spend more time thinking about victory, and constantly ask themselves, “is the effort I have to put into this, worth the reward of winning.”    Meanwhile, the CHAMPIONS, focus on winning and their attitude is “whatever it takes”.

Something in Siebold’s book really hits home in the sport of wrestling, because as every wrestlers knows, to train and compete in the sport there is some level of pain.     Something that truly differentiates a winner is that, when an amateurs feels pain, he  seeks to escape it, perhaps by giving up or giving in.   However, a CHAMPION expects that in order to  win, he will feel some pain, and learns to push past it.      The lesson to learn:   NOW is the time is  to dig deep and pour on the determination, push pass the pain and keep your attention on your goal.  True “Champions are the warriors in this world.   Their outstanding preparation, both mental and physical, makes them unstoppable and ferocious” out on the mat!   Go make it happen!

Keep up to date here on the competition in Harrisburg this weekend for the PJW States:   Live PJW Coverage       Here is the link for the PJW Brackets:   PJW Championship Brackets-2014

You can watch the Live Coverage and keep up to date on whats going on in Oklahoma City here:   NCAA Wrestling Championships 2014

The brackets for the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships being held in Oklahoma City will be announced on 3/12/14.    The announcements will happen throughout the day and will start at 1 p.m. EST.   The announcements will be on NCAA.com, and will continue throughout the day.    Qualifiers are announced in alphabetical order, and they will start at 1pm EST with the heavyweights.   They will continue through the weight classes, and announce a new one at each half hour.   (197 lbs at 1:30; 184 at 2pm, 174 at 2:30pm, 165 at 3:00pm, 157 at 3:30pm, 150 at 4:00pm, 141 at 4:30pm, 133 at 5:00pm and 125 at 5:30pm)
At 6pm EST, the day will conclude with the NCAA Wrestling Selection Show on NCAA.com, where the seeds and brackets will be unveiled for each weight class.  During the Selection Show, details on the championship match order for Session VI on Saturday night will be revealed.
Immediately following the show, a full release and brackets will be posted onNCAA.com.

You have to dream hard, wish big and chase after your goals.
Because no one is going to do it for you.

The 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships will be held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City from March 20-22. Tickets may be purchased on NCAA.com