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wreSTL aims to support youth wrestling in the St. Louis region by increasing awareness, access and participation in the sport. wreSTL will help youth reach their potential within their community through mentoring and sport.


square_wrestl_groupWrestling is an ancient sport; a truly global sport that’s been recorded on cave walls, religious texts and cultural folklore for thousands of years. Wrestling builds character, it builds confidence, strength, determination and provides a foundation for life.


The St. Louis region has a deep and rich wrestling history. Along with that history, a fraternity of thousands of former wrestlers. While wrestling has continued to thrive in the middle to higher income areas of our region, the sport has witnessed a drastic decline in low and moderate income areas. When opportunity to the sport of wrestling disappears the unique character-building opportunity the sport offers disappears as well.


wreSTL seeks to promote the sport of wrestling in low and moderate income areas of our region. To bring high-level training and coaching to young people who would not otherwise have that opportunity. wreSTL seeks to present wrestling to all races, income levels, and cultures. From a refugee child new in our city to children from old St. Louis families, wreSTL will be there to offer character building to everyone. We will combine our elite wrestling training with mentorship that will not only create strong athletes for our region; but strong leaders of tomorrow on and off the mat.

Ownership Model

The club ownership model creates an environment where kids are stakeholders in the success of the club and themselves. We teach the kids to take responsibility for the facility, equipment, and themselves as representatives of wreSTL. Kids are required to complete a minimal level of “chores” such as mopping the mats, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, taking out trash, etc. in addition, kids are invited to participate in the promotion of the club and are tasked with being positive role models in the community as they represent the sport and our club. We want everyone, from kids to parents to staff, to take ownership of our club and treat it as if it were their own and they had a stake and it’s success.


The MO mentor program operates on a simple concept: be present in a positive way for young people.  Adults from the community who have successfully passed a background check, are asked to volunteer one hour a week to help with homework, touch base with and engage with youth.  An affinity for the sport is encouraged. Additionally, professionals from the community may volunteer their skills and expertise to help our members in their personal development. From education in nutrition to occupational therapy to yoga – professionals donate their time and expertise to our youth participants.

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