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Gladiator Summer Update and info on some Wrestling Ops

Hi All,  Hope your summer is starting off well and you are finding time for summer fun!!  We want to do our part on helping to keep your young wrestlers active with some mat time and also provide some opportunities to reunite our Gladiator club this summer.


Summer events:

Calling all Gladiators for our annual summer picnic!!!  Some fun and relaxing time with wrestling families in the sun!!

  • This Sunday, August 7th
  • At Lake George Regional Park, Pavilion #3  ($5 for entry)
  • Gathering and play time 11:00 - 3:00
  • Picnic lunch at 12:00
  • Potluck with Gladiator Board providing burgers, hot dogs, and buns.
  • Asking you to please bring the below for the potluck picnic (by last name):
    • (A-F) Deserts
    • (G-L) Salads
    • (M-R) Fruit
    • (S-Z) Chips
  • Each family Bring Your Own Beverages
  • Reminder to bring a swimsuit and towel (life jacket if needed) for the beach, some yard games if you have any for around the pavilion, and for those with a boat and tube please bring that if you can!
  • Gladiator Ham Lake Lanes fund raiser event, date tbd but planning for late summer/early fall time frame.


Wrestling/mat time opportunities:

  • Tony Pederson from our Gladiator youth wrestling club will again be conducting summer/off season wrestling lessons.  Coined as the "Practice", these customized and semi-private lessons are specifically geared to be challenging for your wrestler by using some general workout techniques for warm ups, review of techniques/moves many of our Gladiator wrestlers already know, introduction of some new and more complex techniques/moves that are difficult to coach in a large group setting, and some fun games at the end.  If any questions or interested in joining the "Practice" and leveraging Tony's years of wrestling experience and passion for the sport to keep your wrestler active and improve during the off-season please contact Tony directly at:  Phone/text (763-238-5409) with your name, wrestlers name, and weight.
  • There are several other great wrestling offerings locally as well.  The Guillotine (https://theguillotine.com/) is a good resource to find information on upcoming events and other local wrestling resources like Purler Summer Camps,Ponce Trained Camps, Pinnacle programs, etc.  If you do decide to attend one of these it would be great if you posted something to the Gladiator Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/242846532449272) page as there may be others from the club that would be interested in attending as well.

We are hopeful you are able to attend our events and also find some good quality mat time for your wrestler!  Enjoy your summer!! 
Gladiator Board


Wrestling Lessons w/Tony Pederson - "The Practice"

St. Francis Wrestling families, we are pleased to communicate and support that Tony Pederson from our Gladiator youth wrestling club will again be conducting summer/off season wrestling lessons.  Coined as the "Practice", these customized and semi-private lessons are specifically geared to be challenging for your wrestler by using some general workout techniques for warm ups, review of techniques/moves many of our Gladiator wrestlers already know, introduction of some new and more complex techniques/moves that are difficult to coach in a large group setting, and some fun games at the end.  Here are some of the specifics:

  • The "Practice" lessons are held at Tony's home (he has mats and is set up in his basement)
  • Sessions are semi-private, usually 4 kids at a time (2 groups of 2 matched by weight, age, skill as much as possible (sometimes 3 kids together are used as appropriate))
  • Lessons cost $15/session and are due directly to Tony.  You are expected to work payment terms out with Tony (not through the Gladiator club).
  • Lessons are open to everyone (pending having a reasonable partner to be paired with).
  • Because the lessons are semi-private and not a large group setting, they require some coordination with Tony and your wrestlers proposed partner parents to align on a schedule that works for those involved in those particular session schedules.  Additionally, there should be open and courteous communication if planned sessions are going to be missed so that appropriate plans can be made for the others impacted.
  • Reminder that the "Practice" is a private program run and facilitated by Tony Pederson.  While the Gladiator board is in support of the program and the value it brings our wrestlers and the club, the Gladiator club is not directly running or responsible for the "Practice" in any way.

If any questions or interested in joining the "Practice" and leveraging Tony's years of wrestling experience and passion for the sport to keep your wrestler active and improve during the off-season please contact Tony directly at:    Phone/text (763-238-5409) Tony with your name, wrestlers name, and weight.


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The Guillotine - Minnesota Youth Wrestling Schedule

This site lists all/most of the youth wrestling tournaments in Mn and provides good information on them as well as good wrestling information in general.  (Link will open in a new window)


NFL Players Who Wrestled

NFL Players who wrestled in there youth and/or college years and attribute a portion of their success to the drive, sportsmanship and discipline they learned from the great sport of wrestling.

USA Wrestler Roddy White Article (Page 14)

USA Wrestling online magazine with an article on NFL wide receiver Roddy White (Page 14) promoting the benefits of wrestling in football. "Wrestlers breed toughness. In this sport, you have to be tough" -Roddy White