About Pennsylvania Youth Wrestling
By Stacy Zeiger
, last updated February 12, 2012
Pennsylvania offers multiple wrestling leagues and competitions for youth who are interested in the sport. While some middle schools and high schools may offer wrestling programs, their seasons are often limited. Joining one of Pennsylvania’s wrestling clubs or signing up for a wrestling camp will provide your child with the best way to explore his interest in wrestling.
Ken Chertow Wrestling offers a national wrestling camp program with regular camps in Pennsylvania. Two four to six-day winter camps are offered for youth in first grade through twelfth grade at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center in Philadelphia. The camps offer intense instruction and practice using programs developed by U.S. Olympian Ken Chertow.
Keystone Wrestling Camp, located in State College, hosts special camps for youth wrestlers and middle school wrestling teams. Camps are held at York College every June and offer three days of instruction in basic wrestling skills and multiple training activities, including strength and cardio training. Parents who send their kids to the camp have the ability to watch the instruction through a live Internet feed.
Penn State University offers wrestling camps during the summer for wrestling teams and individual wrestlers. Most camps are designed for wrestlers in grades six through twelve and feature training and instruction from Penn State's wrestling coaches and some of the team's wrestlers. Camps range from as short as three days to a week in length. Students live on Penn State's campus during the camp.
Team PA offers a wrestling team comprised of youth wrestlers from throughout Pennsylvania. Wrestlers at the elementary and middle school level are selected to participate with the team, which travels to national competitions in and around Pennsylvania. To qualify for the team, your child must have a record of winning local tournaments and demonstrate superior wrestling skills.
The Penn Elementary Wrestling League features teams of wrestlers from multiple elementary schools and youth organizations throughout the state. Teams compete in three divisions divided by area and the winning teams advance to the league’s championship tournament at the end of the season. Matches begin in December and end in February.
Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling hosts multiple tournaments and championships for youth wrestlers in Pennsylvania. In order to compete in the organization’s tournaments, wrestlers must meet age and weight requirements. Groups are available for wrestlers as young as eight years old and as old as 14 years old. To participate with the tournaments and championships through this organization, you must contact your area’s chapter. Each chapter has its own entry forms for local tournaments and offers practices and camps.
Pennsylvania Youth Wrestling provides a wealth of resources for those interested in finding wrestling tournaments in Pennsylvania. Local tournaments advertise on the organization’s website and final tournament results are posted as well. Parents may use this information to find multiple wrestling tournaments for their children to participate in. Tournaments are grouped by youth tournaments, middle school tournaments and high school tournaments to appeal to wrestlers at every level. You may also register for many tournaments directly through the website.