Batavia Wrestling Club

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Batavia Wrestling Club
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The Batavia Wrestling Club is a private wrestling club in Batavia, Illinois for boys and girls  ages 5-14 who want to learn wrestling skills through a fun and competitive program. The club has grown over the years to become one of the finest youth wrestling programs in the state with approximately 80-100 kids on our roster each year.Mikey Caliendo

Wrestlers who participate with the club can expect to learn a variety of takedowns, pinning combinations, reversals and escapes. In addition to the technical instruction, participants will increase strength, conditioning, agility, flexibility and self-confidence. We are members of the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation and USA Wrestling, and we work closely with the head coaches of both the Rotolo Middle School and Batavia High School teams to ensure a seamless transition as the wrestlers mature.

The wrestling season runs from the beginning of November through early March.  Competitions are essentially every Sunday in December, January, and February. Every tournament is optional, but all tournament fees are included in the registration price.

Fees for the 2016-2017 season are $235 for elementary school students (age 6 & up); $140 for middle school students. A $50 singlet deposit is also required, which is returned at the end of the season when singlets are collected. 

Practice Schedule-  For Wrestlers born after January 1, 2008- Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7pm Batavia H.S. Wrestling Room - Tuesday November 3, 2016
For Wrestlers born before December 31, 2007 - Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8:30pm - Batavia H.S. Wrestling Room - Tues. Nov 3, 2016



Registration:  Will Begin October 1, 2016 - October 24, 2016- Registration packets will be available in September

 To get on our e-mail list for next season, please e-mail


Who is behind the Batavia Wrestling Club?

Our non-profit club is run by many dedicated volunteers. Our head coach is Mike Caliendo who has over 20 years of coaching experience, the last seven years with the Batavia Wrestling Club.

BWC CoachesCoach Mike is supported by an average of 25 other volunteer coaches, all of whom have boys in the club, and many of whom have impressive wrestling credentials themselves. All of our coaches are required to pass background checks every two years in order to maintain coaching status. 

We are excited to welcome Steve Zimmerman back as our Technical Coach for the 2016-2017 season. Coach Zimmerman is a former High School Cadet All American, Reno World Champ (3 time medalist), 2x Illinois Freestyle Finalist,  IHSA State Champion and 3x Medalist at St. Rita High School.  He was also a Collegiate wrestler at Northern Illinois University.

We hear this question all the time.

Why should my son wrestle?

Physically, wrestling provides an incredible full-body workout. The boys get incredible conditioning, and they develop strength, balance, speed, and flexibility. Boys who come from other sports are always impressed at the workouts in a typical wrestling practice, and parents are often pleased at their kids' newfound interest in healthy eating!

Emotionally, wrestling develops a level of self-confidence that goesBatavia Wrestling Club beyond any other sport our kids compete in. Every year, we have some boys who join the club who are timid, quiet, even nervous. With so many supportive coaches in the practice room, those boys begin to understand the wrestling instruction and start to have success with wrestling that makes them feel good about themselves and excited to compete.
The most satisfying thing for me to see is how those boys grow over the years. We remember how timid they were when they first joined the club, and see them turn into confident young men who have the courage to step onto a mat and go toe-to-toe with an opponent. And the beauty of wrestling is that anyone can do it. It is a sport that can accommodate every body style. You don't have to be tall, you don't have to be thin, you don't even have to be a "natural" athlete. There is a place for everyone in wrestling.

Accountability. For a wrestler on the mat, it's just him. He is alone out there with all the tricks from practice, his coach's moves, his own self-talk and plans to have his hand held in the air at the end. He can blame no one. This is something he does alone. It's true in wrestling, it's true in life. Every takedown is yours, every escape, every pin, every mistake. This sports teaches humility as well as pride. There is no hiding. From the stands, every single young man looks brave. On the mat, every single wrestler owns his actions. More people should believe in that simple truth. 

Socially, there is nothing like the wrestling community. We are a tight-knit family. The high school wrestlers take an interest in the younger wrestlers, and our club wrestlers come out to support the older boys as much as they can. The families get to know each other well, especially those of us who spend nearly every Sunday together for three months! The boys in the wrestling room are like a band of brothers, supporting and encouraging each other to bring out the best performances on the mat. While at the club level, the main competition is individual, our wrestlers share a bond unlike any that you see in any other sport. And this sport is populated by many, many wonderful kids and parents who share an appreciation for wrestling. Because the club works so closely with the Rotolo Middle School and Batavia High School coaches, we really do become like one large, extended family!
For General Information about the Batavia Wrestling Club please contact

President- Andy Huck

Head Coach- Mike Caliendo

Treasurer- Jim Conover

Tournament Director- Shauna Huck

Registration Forms for the 2016-7 season below
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