• Good, Better, BEST, the BEST never rest, till their Good is Better, and their Better is their BEST !
  • Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
  • Rockford or BUST!
  • To be a Better Wrestler...You have to Wrestle a Better Wrestler
  • Be sure to sign up for the Fran Johnson Memorial Beginners Tournament


   Saturday, November 26th

        Walk-ins Welcome

Open to ALL Beginning Wrestlers

Fran Johnson Memorial Registrations

Plenty of spots available for walk-in registration as of Wednesday, Nov. 23rd.  Several have asked if headgear are required and while we encourage all kids wear headgear, we do not require them for this event.  While we DO REQUIRE wrestling shoes be worn, singlets are optional.

Seeking Coaches Urgently

We're in dire need of coaches at our K-2 beginner level and for our 3-5 intermediate group.  You don't need experience, but do need to have completed the diocese program for working with children.  In addition, you'd need to register with IKWF and USAWrestling.  This includes an application and background screen for which JPW will reimburse.  We're looking for 2-3 additional coaches and would welcome an opportunity to mentor new coaches.  Contact coach Richard for details.  

Mark Johnson Speaks at Feeder Schools

What a great day we had at all three schools; Our Lady of Grace, Seton and Jordan.  We had big crowds at Grace and Seton, and a smaller group at Jordan for Mark's talk about wrestling.  His talk was well received and students enjoyed meeting him, seeing his Olympic medal and getting a signed picture of this hometown hero.  

The Dispatch-Argus covered the story and published this story in Oct 20 paper: 


Coming To Your School Oct. 19th

Please be sure to attend the informational meetings we'll be hosting at each of the feeder schools on Oct. 19th.  I'll be joined by Olympian, Big10 Coach and Alleman Grad; Mark Johnson to speak with kids about the great benefits of wrestling for the Jr. Pioneers.  We'll be at Our Lady of Grace, Seton and Jordan and times will be posted and announced at schools.  I'm really looking forward to seeing wrestlers there.

Visit Us At Football Games Oct. 4th, 5th, and 8th

We'll be at the Booster Boys football games this week to answer questions and to provide information about how wrestling makes football players better.  There's no doubting pro and college football coaches who express their preference for players who have also wrestled.  

We'll also have information about sign-ups.  Get your JPW Frisbee at our tent!

Sign-Ups for 2016-2017 Season

Sign-ups for all levels will be held at Alleman's Casey Gym on Oct. 26 & 27 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

We'll also be visiting Grace, Seton and Jordan on Oct. 19th.  Mark Johnson will be joining me and speaking about the values of wrestling and the lessons learned through participation.