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2016-17 State Dual Champions

2016-17 State Dual Champions


Why My Kids Will Wrestle...

by Cael Sanderson

Our Mission

Maritime Wrestling Academy is beginning its first year of preparing athletes for competition in the sport of wrestling.

We are committed to training and mentoring  athletes to reach their individual excellence in the sport of wrestling, as well as developing an athlete's confidence, leadership, self-discipline, and a strong work ethic for success in life.  

The plan and vision for the program and athletes at Maritime Wrestling Academy is one that will unfold over time, just as the process of building champions takes dedication, hard work, and time. 

The structure is in place to mentor athletes as they develop their individual excellence as a wrestler, whether that is guiding them through learning the fundamentals of the sport or advancing the technique of a current state or national champion. 

The goal at Maritime Wrestling Academy is to enrich each young athlete’s life through instruction, practice and competition, fostering self-discipline, a strong work ethic, self-confidence, personal responsibility, and respect.

Lessons for Life - Wrestling & Football Connection

Both Tony Dungy(former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach) and Mike Zimmer(current Minnesota Vikings Head Coach) laud the positive long-term impacts of wrestling.

“I think one of the things that wrestling helped teach me and I try to teach our players is that no matter how tired and how fatigued you are, you still have to compete,” Zimmer says.

As a University of Minnesota alumnus and former star quarterback, Dungy remembers the training intensity of Gopher wrestling greats like Pat Neu and Larry Zilverberg.

“I always remember as a freshman in the dorms, the wrestlers worked just as hard as we did, but they sacrificed beyond practice with their weight, not only to be better, but also to make the team better,” Dungy explains. “Those were great lessons for me as an 18-year-old.”

These lessons aren’t limited to the football field or any other single sport. They carry value in all facets of life—in the classroom, at work, or raising a family.

That’s why Zimmer urges kids to wrestle.

“I think you learn more from wrestling than any other sport,” Zimmer says. “You find out so much more about yourself and about competition. When it gets down to it, it’s you and the guy across from you. When I was wrestling, for the six minutes that you’re out there, it is one of the toughest, most demanding sports that I’ve ever been around. I think guys that can go through that and compete with all the different things going on, it really defines who you are.”

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News & Updates

Jason Nickal

Jason Nickal

Maritime Wrestling Academy

Phone: 505-401-8489

Seth Livingston

Seth Livingston

Maritime Wrestling Academy

Phone: 309.261.0625


5705 US-60, Paducah, KY 42001

Maritime Wrestling Academy Sponsors

These organizations make what we do possible. Please show your support to these amazing sponsors and thank them for their commitment to our organization.  Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsored by James Marine Inc.

James Marine Inc.

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James Marine, Inc. strives to be the leading full-service inland river repair company. Our teams of professionals are committed to setting the standard in innovation, safety & development, using green technology whenever possible. Our goal is to exceed customer expectation in production and turn-around time, always with the highest regards to safety.

Sponsored by Lee’s Heating & Air

Lee’s Heating & Air

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Lee’s Heating & Air in Paducah is a family owned and operated business founded on the basic principles of honesty, integrity, and excellence.  There dedication to customer service has allowed Lee’s Heating & Air to grow from a one man, one truck business operating out of a garage into the Midwest’s largest, most award-winning HVAC contractor.

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