2019 State College Youth Tournament


State College Youth Tournament

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Here's the tournament info sheet!

Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel
1450 South Atherton St.
State College, PA  16801
Located just outside of downtown and has indoor pool and spa tub.
*Call (814) 238-3001.  $93/night.  Reference code CGNL19 when making reservation. 

****The Clinic of Champions clinic 1 and 2 are now full!!! Registration has been closed.****

Clinics of Champions

*The Nittany Lion Wrestling Club will host 2 different clinics in the Penn State Wrestling room on March 2nd, 2019 the same day as the weigh-ins for the 2019 State College Tournament.  

Due to Numbers Clinic #1 is closed.

Clinic #1:  12:00 pm-1:30pm

Featured Clinicians

Jordan Conaway                      Penn State 2X All-American

Zain Retherford                     4x All American, 3x NCAA Champion, and 2017 World Team Member

Franklin Gomez                        NCAA Champion, 2012 and 2016 Olympian for Puerto, 2011 World Silver Medalist

Bekzod Abdurakhmonov    2x All American and 2014 & 2018 World Bronze Medalist

Jake Varner                                4X All-American, 2X NCAA Champion, and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist

Clinic #2:  1:45 pm-3:15 pm

Featured Clinicians

Riley Lefever                     4X Division III National Champion (only 2nd wrestler ever to do so) and 2X OW.  

Josh Rodriguez                 3X NCAA Qualifier at North Dakota State University

Ben Provisor                      2012 & 2016 U.S. Greco-Roman Olympian and 2X U.S. Open National Champion

David Taylor                       Penn State 4X All-American, 2X NCAA Champion, and 2X winner of the Hodge 

                                                Trophy, 2018 World Champion

*The clinics will be directed by Mark McKnight, a former Penn State All-American and current NLWC youth coach and Eric Thompson, a former 3x NAIA National Champion and current NLWC Regional Training Center Coach.  Many other top wrestlers will also be assisting with the clinics.  


Date:                      March 2, 2019

Time:                     Clinic #1:  12:00 pm-1:30pm

               Clinic #2:  1:45 pm-3:15 pm

Location:               Penn State Wrestling Room (In Rec Hall-Curtin Rd., State College, PA.).  

               University may charge a parking fee.

Age:                        Elementary & Jr. High

Cost:                       $50 Pre-registered

Registration:         Will take place at the NLWC’s website, www.nittanylionwrestlingclub.com.  Registration 

                                will open at the beginning of January.  Only the first 125 registrants will be accepted for 

                                each clinic.  Participants will register and pay on the website and will check-in 

                                at the wrestling room for the clinic.  Wrestlers can sign up for both Clinic #1 and 

                Clinic #2, but must pay the $50 fee for each clinic.If space remains, walk-ins ($60) will 

                be permitted on the day of the clinics.

Refunds:                There will no refunds for any reason for wrestlers who have signed up for the clinic and 

                                are not able to participate.  

*While the featured clinicians are planning to be at the Clinic, many of these wrestlers are actively competing at the senior level.  There is always a slight chance that a clinician could be out-of-town due to competition/travel.  


These clinics will be run by the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club before weigh-ins for the State College Wrestling Tournament.  The emphasis of the clinics will be on learning wrestling techniques, match strategies, match preparation, and training tips from some of the top wrestlers in the world. After the clinics are over, clinic participants who are also competing in the tournament can immediately go to the State College H.S. North Building and weigh-in for the next day’s tournament.  To get to the State College H.S. North Building from Rec Hall, travel south on Atherton St. 1.1 miles, turn right onto Westerly Parkway, and travel approximately .4 miles to the State College H.S. North Building on your right.

Questions:  Contact Eric Thompson at ethompson285@gmail.com

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