Waconia Wrestling

2022-2023 Waconia Youth Wrestling Registration



The Waconia Wrestling Club 2022-23 Season is approaching and we are gearing up for another great year. See below for preliminary information about the season.  We're extremely happy to get started and will try our very best as coaches and a program to make this a season of fun and growth for everyone. Open to all local Waconia area youth (boys and girls) across grades PreK (age 4+) to 6th grade. We have a great youth & high school wrestling tradition in Waconia and want to introduce your family to a sport that will leave your child forever changed from developing character, strong relationships, leadership, determination, work ethic, “grit”, physical/mental strength, and self-confidence. Last, our program is about making wrestling "fun" and building a love for the sport. In addition, our program helps create strong relationships formed through this sport (across wrestlers and families) which make this really unique experience for all that pursue it.

Coaching Staff & Program Philosophy: Our staff includes a group of highly experienced coaches that all have a strong passion for Waconia Wrestling and for helping our kids grow in the sport. Our program vision is to help each wrestler to have fun, develop to their maximum potential, fall in love with the sport, understand the concept of hard work and to embrace our "Waconia Mindset". Wrestling is a long-term investment and it's important to "trust the process" of learning and growing in the sport. 

Reminder: Our Annual FREE Youth Wrestling Clinic & Open House will be - September 26th @ 7pm @ WHS Main Gym

On September 26th @ 7pm at Waconia High School in the Main Gym, Waconia Wrestling Club will be hosting a free PreK – 6th grade clinic, for all youth families who are interested in their child (boys and girls) coming out for wrestling this year. This clinic is geared for kids/families that are brand new to the sport or curious about our program here in the Waconia area. No registration is necessary, just show up and come see what our local youth wrestling program is all about. Kids, parents, brothers/sisters are all welcome to attend. The clinic will be led by our youth/high school coaches and varsity wrestlers and will include an introductory technique session and fun workout for the kids along with a presentation and Q&A session for parents and family members. The clinic is expected to last about 1 hour. Returning wrestlers and families are also encouraged to attend to meet new families. More details will be released on this site as we get closer to the event.

2022-2023 Folkstyle Youth Wrestling Programs

Junior Grapplers: This is an introductory program for all PreK – Kindergarten kids aimed at building athleticism and a passion for the sport while having fun and learning functional wrestling movements through games and physical activity. PreK wrestlers must be at least 4 years old to start. Practices will be 1x per week from November – January. Practices usually are scheduled on Monday nights.

Novice / Intermediate Youth: This program is for 1st - 4th graders that are either brand new ("Novice" wrestlers) or those with a few years of experience ("Intermediate" wrestlers) and is geared toward working on the basics and fundamental techniques to aid the individual development of each kid. Practice groups will be determined based on grade, weight, skill level and experience to group practice partners appropriately. Practices will be 2x per week from November - January. Practices for this group are normally on Tuesday & Thursday nights. 

Advanced Youth: For 2nd - 6th graders that have 3+ years of experience, our Advanced program will provide more detailed techniques, positions, and a more challenging pace to practice advancing each kid to the next level of their development. Practices will be 2-3x per week from November to early April. NOTE: February - April participation will require 2nd registration and fees beginning in 2023 Practices for this group are typically across Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday nights.

*NOTE: All practice night days are tentative. Full practice schedule will be shared prior to the season start at the Youth Parent Meeting on Monday, Nov 7th.

Registration Information & Dates:

Registration Start Date & Deadline: "Early Bird" Registration will begin in late August and go through October 2nd, before prices increase $25. Late registration will begin October 3rd through November 14th.

Season Dates: Practices will begin the week of November 14th for Season 1. Season 2 will begin in February and last through April that will require a separate registration and fee. Season 2 is a more competitive season - with practices consolidating to 2x per week (together) across all ages. Season 2 practices will increase in pace and intensity with practice curriculum focusing on conditioning, drilling and advanced technique/position instruction. The objective of Season 2 to prepare wrestlers for the upcoming NYWA and MNUSA Individual and Team State post-season tournaments. 

Program Fees Per Wrestler: Early Bird Prices listed below. Fees Increase by $25/wrestler on 10/3 before processing fees. 

  • Season 1 Program Fees (Registration now open!)
    • $60 Junior Grapplers (late fee of $25 added after 10/2)
    • $110 Novice/Intermediate/Advanced (late fee of $25 added after 10/2)
  • Season 2 Program Fees (Registration to open in mid-January 2023)
    • $40 per wrestler
  • Estimated USA Wrestling (USAW) Membership Fees
    • $55 USAW Membership (mandatory/required for all Waconia Wrestling Club members). Can be purchased through registration for new members. Current/previous members should renew on USA Wrestling website (https://www.usawmembership.com/login)

What's Included? Program fees fund the order of T-shirts for each wrestler (if registered by 10/2), free entry into our Waconia Individual Tournament and help fund our coaching expenses, team tournament fees, facility rental, and program operating expenses. Each wrestler's USAW membership provides includes supplemental medical/accident insurance fees through USAW along with entry into all USAW / MNUSA sanctioned wrestling tournaments. For wrestlers that tryout and make the competitive and "junior" (developmental) Youth Dual Teams, all team tournament fees will be paid for by the club. Individual tournaments (outside of the Waconia Open) are the responsibility of each wrestler. Additional items are available for purchase including additional t-shirts (approx $15). Wrestling singlets are also available for purchase for $80 and are optional. 

Singlets: A wrestling singlet is the preferred uniform that most wrestlers wear at tournaments. For our brand new wrestlers / families that are new to the sport, singlets are NOT required for practice, but are normally used for competition and tournaments. So, if you are not sure if your wrestler will be ready to compete in a tournament this year, you may choose NOT to buy a singlet. For the 2022-2023 season, we will be opening an order for brand new singlet designs this year. Wrestlers planning to wrestle-off and compete on our K-6th Grade Dual team will be required to purchase the new style singlet for this year.

Other Equipment/Attire: For practice, the required equipment includes: 1) t-shirt/shorts/sweats, 2) clean shoes OR wrestling shoes (preferred) and a mouthguard for wrestlers with braces. Wrestlers are strongly recommended to purchase / wear headgear as well for their safety as well during practice (especially during live wrestling). Communications will be sent out upon registration on ways to acquire equipment and preferred vendors. Hustle and Heart Sports in Waconia also has used gear in inventory including singlets, shoes, headgear, etc.

Parent Meeting: Before the season start, a parent meeting to go over the program details, logistics and expectations for the season will be scheduled on November 7th @ 6pm at Waconia Middle School in the cafeteria to go over expectations, logistics and details of the season along with some keynote speakers. 

Deadline. Register in the link below to participate in this year's season. Reminder, registration early bird deadline is October 2nd. Late registration begins October 3rd and continues until the start of practices on November 14th. 

Questions: For any questions, contact our Club Program Director, Jeff Katherman, at jdkatherman@gmail.com or 612-968-5488.


Please direct questions to Jeff Katherman, Waconia Wrestling Club Youth Program & Club Operations Director at jdkatherman@gmail.com and/or 612-968-5488.