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Hello Parents! Our REGISTRATION is open and our calendar in UPDATED for the 2022-23 season.


Our season starts on Wednesday, Nov. 2 for our Future Olympians group and Thursday, Nov. 3 for our Developmental and Advanced groups.

We will host our parent night on Monday, Nov 21 at 6:30 pm in the York HS Cafeteria. We will introduce our coaching staff, explain our philosophy, and answer any questions.

Please read this page, as it contains important information about this season. If you have any questions, contact Head Coach Gary Walker at

Elmhurst Titans Wrestling Academy: 2022-2023 Season

We are entering our fifth season as a club and we are beyond excited to be able to have a facility that we can call home. We train at the warehouse that is located at 645 S. IL Rte 83 Frontage Road, which is directly behind Camp Bow Wow. Last year, our club purchased two custom, brand new Dollamur wrestling mats. Securing this facility was vital to the growth of our club. We now have the freedom to offer practices every day of the week.

We have three different age groups/practice groups. Please read the descriptions carefully so your son or daughter is appropriately placed.

Read our ETWA Essential Intent & Philosophy tab on the website. This helps to explain what we are all about.

All boys and girls are welcome. All experience levels are welcome.

Where do our club fees go? We pay for a mandatory USAW card per athlete, which insurance-wise covers our club and each athlete. All wrestlers receive a ETWA t-shirt and shorts. We purchased two brand new mats last year; we pay rent for our practice facility; and we pay some of our coaches. 

Siblings get a 25% discount per registration after the initial registration.

Practices are closed to parents. 


Age Groups/Practice Groups:

“ETWA Future Olympians” This group is capped at 50 wrestlers. 

-Grades 1st - 3rd

-Wednesday nights only, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm 

-For our select 3rd graders who are a bit more mature, coachable, and physically and technically able, we encourage them sign up for and attend our “Developmental” group practices. If you are unsure, call Coach Walker at 773.383.7427.

-Season runs from November 2, 2022 - January 18, 2023

-The philosophy we take when running these practices is to have a ton of fun while teaching these very young athletes the fundamentals of wrestling, mainly from a games-based approach. This age group will NOT compete in tournaments.

-COST includes a mandatory USA Wrestling insurance card and an ETWA t-shirt/shorts combo: $295.00

-Due to this particular age group’s needs, we ask that a certain number of parents attend practices to help out Coach Lovelace and the coaching staff. If you are interested, please email Coach Walker at to discuss your potential involvement. No prior wrestling experience is required.


“ETWA Developmental Practices”

-Grades 4th - 6th

-Tuesday, Thursday, and Optional Friday nights, see our calendar for practice times.

-Season runs from November 1, 2022 - February 10, 2023

-COST includes a mandatory USA Wrestling insurance card and an ETWA t-shirt/shorts combo: $495.00 

-The “Developmental” practices are for wrestlers who are new to the sport or who are still developing.

-This group will not attend tournaments, however they may compete in dual meets (if they want) where/when our coaching staff is able to find them an opponent who matches their age, weight, and experience level. 

-For our select “Developmental” wrestlers who are able and interested, Friday nights are optional for this group. See Coach Walker with any questions.


“ETWA Advanced Practices”

-Grades 5th - 8th

-Tuesday & Thursday, Friday & Saturdays: see the calendar for times

-Season runs from November 1, 2022 thru the IKWF State Championships in mid-March

-COST includes a mandatory USA Wrestling insurance card and a ETWA t-shirt/shorts combo: $625.00

-The “Advanced” practices are for wrestlers who are experienced and are mentally and emotionally developed to handle this practice schedule.

-This group will attend tournaments (if they want to and if they are ready) and compete in dual meets throughout the season. The goal of this group is to develop into competitors who, by the end of the season, will be prepared to compete at Regionals, Sectionals, and State.  

-If your athlete is in 7th or 8th grade and they are beginners and/or still developing, we will partner them up appropriately and work with them separately during these practices.


Coaching Staff:

Gary Walker

Rob Martinelli

Jim Zajicek

Eric Erway

Sean Lovelace

Ray Bruno

Tom Klatt

Tom Price

Select Elmhurst University wrestlers


We also offer Freestyle/Greco Training in the spring for ages 5th grade through high school.



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Gary Walker

Head Coach, Elmhurst Titans Wrestling Academy

Phone: 773.383.7427