!!!! Wrestling Program Information !!!!

Welcome to 2023-2024 SYA Wrestling – Home of the “Matdogs”!


The SYA youth wrestling program is designed to teach youth (males & females) grades K-8 “Folkstyle” wrestling, the form of wrestling used in High School and College.

Our mission is to provide fun, instructional, and competitive wrestling opportunities during the Winter season for kids of all skill levels in grades 8 and below to foster their love for the sport and provide technique and lessons to support continued growth as a person and athlete.  Our team-based approach ensures an appropriate experience for newcomers to the sport up through highly competitive wrestlers looking to take their performance to the next level.

Tournaments are selected to again provide the appropriate competitive experience for each wrestler in the program.  Wrestlers have the ability to compete individually in local league events and “open” tournaments. League events provide opportunities for Matdogs to compete with members of other local youth wrestling clubs, and are grouped by age, weight and experience level. Emphasis is placed on fun, safety, physical fitness and the development of proper wrestling techniques. No weight loss is required or encouraged. We have kids at all different ages, sizes, and levels of experience.

Matdogs wanting to take another step into competitive wrestling can enter “open” tournaments. Coaches will identify and travel to different areas of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for tournaments that can be more challenging and offer different experiences.

Wrestling provides a terrific sporting opportunity for every child.  There’s no bench and everyone, regardless of size, can fully participate and develop physical fitness, confidence, and important life lessons such as discipline, respect, and persistence.  Wrestling is an individual sport that also teaches the importance of teamwork and greater body awareness, balance, and coordination that translates very well to other sports.  

Wrestling offers many opportunities to learn lessons about life. It can be physically and mentally demanding. Your weaknesses will be exposed and strengths revealed. There is a famous quote from former Olympic champion Dan Gable “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” We support the complete development of the kids and help them learn to balance both on and off the mat. We will praise your child’s success and help them learn from their failures. Wrestlers will learn about hard work and discipline. They will become mentally as well as physically stronger, and develop self-confidence that they will use throughout life.

Practices for the 2023-2024 season, will start on 13 November.  Schedule below:


K-3rd Grade: Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM (Starting Monday Nov 13th)

Location: The Westfield High School JV Wrestling Room – Located on the backside of Westfield HS. For those unfamiliar please drive around the right side of the school to the backside. Continue past the Track and park at the end of the parking lot next by the tennis courts.  The door to the JV Wrestling Room is right next to the tennis courts - enter here.  A coach will be outside the doorway this week to welcome the kids and ensure everyone finds it without issue.

·4th-6th Grade: Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:45 PM (Starting Tuesday Nov 14th)

Location: The Westfield Varsity Wrestling Room – Located on the right side of the building by the basketball courts. Door #10.

·7th-8th Grade: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:30 to 8:00 PM (Starting Monday Nov 13th)

Location: The Westfield Varsity Wrestling Room – Located on the right side of the building by the basketball courts. Door #10.


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Competition Schedule at TOP of the Podium

SYA as a team will wrestle one of the two days listed for each weekend (We will not attend competitions on both Saturday and Sunday). The decision of Saturday or Sunday participation will be determined at a later date and will be based on which competition site can provide our SYA Matdogs the best matches possible. The SYA Wrestling Coaching Team understands that this may cause occasional conflicts.  All of our competitions are offered with no pressure and we encourage our wrestlers to attend as many as they are able. When SYA competes on a Saturday - the TOP competition site will be at Manassas Baptist Church. When SYA competes on Sundays the site will be at Meridian High school (formally George Mason High School) in Falls Church, VA. 



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Office Location:
5950 Centreville Crest Lane
Centreville, VA 20121
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 471
Centreville, VA 20122
Phone: (703) 815-3362
Fax: (703) 815-2180
E-mail: admin@syayouthsports.org