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Nervous or have questions about Deforest Gold Medal Wrestling?? Wrestling is a fun sport, but can be intimidating. Our Gold Medal Program aims to provide an enjoyable experience for wrestlers and their parents. Below are a few FAQ’s to help!
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  • My child has never wrestled before and I don’t have any experience myself. Should I still sign up?

    • Yes! Deforest Gold Medal Wrestling is open to all grades K-8 at all experience levels. The strength of our program is that we have many coaches to help throughout practice. Our practices are tailored to instruct and teach. Your child will get one on one attention each practice. You will see improvements every week!

  • What if my child wants to just practice and not compete at tournaments?

    • There is no expectation or pressure for your child to compete in tournaments. We strive to use wrestling as a tool to improve every wrestler’s confidence and athleticism. Your wrestler is more than welcome to participate just in practice. However, you may find after a few months of practice, your wrestler will be asking to wrestle at tournaments.

  • What is a typical practice like?

    • We begin practice with 10-15 minutes of stretching followed by 5-10 minutes of dynamic exercises aiming to promote coordination and athleticism. We will then get the wrestlers in a large group and demonstrate a few key moves that we will work on at that days practice. Wrestlers will then pair up with someone their size and drill the demonstrated moves. Coaches will rove and help each pair with their moves. There will be practices that we will have “live” wrestling after we have drilled. This will get your wrestling more accustomed to reacting and moving in a competition setting. We will typically end practice with 10 minutes of fun (dodge ball, relay races, etc).

  • What do I need for my wrestler?

    • Wrestling shoes and headgear are recommended but not mandatory for practice. Your wrestler can wrestle in socks (no bare feet) and then sweatpants/shorts and a t-shirt. Your wrestler can wear a singlet to practice if they prefer. There will be opportunities to purchase a Deforest Wrestling singlet/shorts throughout the year. Bring a water bottle if you would like, otherwise there is a fountain nearby.

  • How do I decide what tournaments to attend?

    • Deforest Gold Medal Wrestling will release a list of tournaments that the program will plan to attend. These tournaments will have Deforest Gold Medal coaches in attendance to coach your wrestler. Otherwise, you are free to attend other tournaments throughout the year, just know there may not be a coach in attendance. If you decide to attend a tournament you must register them on Track Wrestling. Instructions here. 

  • I want to get involved with Gold Medal Wrestling. How can I help?

    • We are always looking for parent volunteers. Here a just a few of the ways!

      • Our #1 means of raising funds is through concessions at the High School and Youth Tournament  and we would like each family to sign up for one 2-4 hour work shift. A sign up page will be available as we get closer but please mark your calendar!

      • We can always use more coaches as well so if you are comfortable doing so, please let Ericka know. Otherwise we always welcome parents to get involved in practice so please don’t hesitate to see one of the coaches and ask how you can help!

      • 4th of July Pig Roast Concessions! A sign up page will be available as we get closer but please mark your calendar!

      • Annual Meat Raffle! 

      • Send us an email @ to find out more ways for you to get involved!  

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