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Meet the Grappling House Staff

The True Strength of a Wrestling Team Lies in the Collective Passion & Expertise of it's Leaders

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Head Coach Jason Weslager

As a competitor in Pennsylvania, Coach Weslager finished his HS Career with 115 wins, two state medals (7th and 2nd), an NHSCA National Championship to go along with a runner-up finish from the previous season. He was a 4x Freestyle State Placewinner, a 4x Member of Team Pennsylvania, was selected to Team WPIAL for the Dapper Dan Classic, and finished his career at the NCAA Division 2 Level at Mercyhurst University.

As a coach, Jason was a State Champion HS Coach at Fort Lebeouf (PA) in 2007-2008. He then Coached his Alma Mater, Belle Vernon for 10 years; in 2015, they were WPIAL Runner-ups and State 5th. In 2016, WPIAL Champions and State 3rd. He has coached over 20 HS State Medalists, over 50 HS State Qualifiers, and over 50 Youth/MS State Medalists throughout PA and Florida. He and his wife, Lacey, opened Grappling House in November of 2018 and have quickly built one of the strongest youth teams in the Panhandle.
Listen to Coach Jason discuss the team on the North Florida Wrestling Show (available in podcast or Youtube video format)
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Assistant Coach,
Vince Cicco

As a Competitor in Pennsylvania, Coach Cicco was a 4 year letter-winner. He didn't pick up the sport until his Freshman Year in High School, but learned a lot in a short time. Through HS and after,  he developed a love for Wrestling that culminated with his son, Dominic, getting into the sport at a young age. Dominic was Grappling House's first student back in 2018, and Vince began as an assistant with us shortly after.

In the time between then and now, Vince has studied the Sport of Wrestling like a Scientist. He's constantly learning and adding new techniques to our curriculum, doing film study behind the scenes, and assisting in implementing drills and new-age thinking into our practices.

He's an excellent motivator and understands psychology in a way that's beneficial to the entire team. He's helped train and prepare 8 Youth/Middle School State Medalists and 1 State Champion in Florida. 

 

Since Opening in 2018, Our Coaching Experts Have Helped Develop:

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9 State Champions

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45 Youth State Placewinners

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8 HS State Placewinners

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10 All-Big Bend First Teamers, 2 All-Big Bend Wrestlers of the Year

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A 12th Place Youth Team Finish in State of Florida (84 Teams)

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A 2nd Place Youth Team Finish in the State of Georgia (of 61 teams)

Assistant Coach, Brad Hoard

Coach Brad Hoard started wrestling in 1982 at North Davie MS in North Carolina. He was a 4 year varsity wrestler at Lincoln high school and wrestled 1 year for Campbell University. Brad was the Head Coach for Lincoln High School in 1991-1992 season before leaving the sport for a number of years. In 2007, Brad joined the coaching staff of Chiles as assistant to James Marschka for 5 seasons, and returned in 2022-2023 as an assistant.

Brad has coached multiple region-champions and state placers, both boys and girls. Brad specializes in utilizing height and leverage from all positions of wrestling.

His coaching style is hard nosed with a strong focus on details and persistence. He demands a lot from his athletes, and they grow to love the extra push they receive from him.
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Assistant Coach,
Garrett Marschka

Garrett joins the Grappling House Staff with a tremendous pedigree for nearby Chiles High School in Tallahassee. He finished his HS career with a 117-25 career record, which is the all time career win leader in the County.

Garrett was a 1x Regional Champ in 2023, but a 3x Finalist through his career. On the district level, he was a 2x Champion, and a 4x Finalist. He qualified for the FHSAA State Tournament all 4 years of HS for Chiles. Twice, he was named to the All Big Bend First Team, and two more times to the All Big Bend Second Team.

He brings enthusiasm to coaching, and an eye for detail. Coach Garrett is still on the younger side (19), so the youth wrestlers have watched his competition career unfold, and have a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. As a result, they've quickly taken to him as a Coach and mentor.
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Toddler Coach, Kevin Milligan

As a competitor, Coach Kevin was highly touted. He is the winningest wrestler in his High School's History in St. Charles, Illinois. Brace yourself; Kevin was 4x All Conference, 2x Conference Champ, 2x All State, 2x Freestyle State Champion, and a Freestyle National Cadet All American (Top 8 in Country). In College, he was a 3 Year Letter Winner at the U.S Naval Academy. 

In college, he was fortunate enough to learn from 4x Olympic Coach and USA Wrestling Hall of Famer, Bruce Burnette.He's wonderful with the children, having a toddler of his own in the program. He displays the right mix of enthusiasm, excitement, and discipline while making it extremely fun for the children.
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