Meet the Grappling House Staff
The True Strength of a Wrestling Team Lies in the Collective Passion & Expertise of it's Leaders
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)
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:
9 State Champions
45 Youth State Placewinners
8 HS State Placewinners
10 All-Big Bend First Teamers, 2 All-Big Bend Wrestlers of the Year
A 12th Place Youth Team Finish in State of Florida (84 Teams)
A 2nd Place Youth Team Finish in the State of Georgia (of 61 teams)