"Build an outstanding youth program which inspires wrestling
excellence" Our objective is to provide each child in our program with the
opportunity to learn new skills and gain a clear understanding of the true
pureness of the sport of wrestling. Youth wrestling is a sport that all
participants benefit from because unlike many other team sports, wrestling
includes every participant. No one sits on the bench and no wrestlers are
"cut" from the team. Our club objectives also include:
*Make wrestling a fun learning experience for everyone involved; All our funds help to host several matches and tournaments each year,
*Teach the fundamentals of wrestling with an emphasis on individual
improvement regardless of experience or skill level
*Teach the value of sportsmanship including the showing of respect
for referees,coaches, parents, and fellow athletes while learning
how to "Win with Grace" and "Lose with Dignity"
*Wrestling is a sport of building blocks, blocks for a sturdy
foundation for teaching life long lessons like the value of hard work,
the ability to handle adversity, and the importance of a positive
mental attitude. Tahoma Jr. Bears Wrestling is a member of the
Pierce County Junior Wrestling League.
which generate revenue for our clubs operation. Our generated revenue
allows us to avoid the traditional candy sales, magazine sales, and car
washes. This organization and its operation are run solely by volunteers!
In this regard, parent involvement is vital to our continued success. Your
cooperation will be appreciated as we will be “volunteering” you for
various duties throughout the year.
The club is governed by the Pierce County Junior Wrestling League and
the MapleValley Junior Wrestling Association constitution and by-laws.
PIERCE COUNTY JUNIOR WRESTLING LEAGUE
The Pierce County Junior Wrestling League is now comprised of the 21 out of 24
possible teams. In organizing the teams, the league is divided into two divisions,
A and B. Each division is further divided into two Sub-divisions having 5 or 6
Our normal season consists of three dual meets, and two round robin
tournaments. Dual meets run from around 8 AM - 12 PM with exhibition being
wrestled first. Round Robin tournaments are usually over by 2 PM and do not
include a medal or require an additional cost. There are optional tournaments
throughout the year, which are highly encouraged because of the rapid
experience they provide. The cost of these tournaments is $10.00 and typically
includes 2 - 3 matches and a medal. Plan on them lasting from about 8 AM to 4
PM. At the completion of the regular season there will be three post-season
tournaments for those who qualify, Sub-Division, Division, and the League
Championship. There is also a Rising Star tournament for wrestlers that do not
qualify for the Sub-Division tournament.
Maple Valley's youth wrestling program started in the spring of 1976 with a
handful of kids. Known originally as the "Maple Valley Matrats", the
kidscompeted as an AAU Freestyle club competing with Inglemore, Redmond,
and Renton in the Western Washington Kids League.
In late 1991, Steve Deutschman crafted the programs founding bylaws, mission
statement and board structure. These foundations have been modified slightly
over the years but essentially embrace the same core objective, mission and
goals for our kids. Steve was the acting President of the Maple Valley Raiders
Football program at this time as well.
In early 1996, the club's president Tim Walsh led the Matrats from the defunct
W.WA Kids League to the highly competitive independent Pierce County Jr.
Wrestling League (PCJWL) from the south. At that time, our clubs mascot and
name were changed to the "Maple Valley Wolfpack". The PCJWL is an
unaffiliated collegiate style youth league (Folkstyle) for 5-12 year olds (www.pcjwl.
In 2005, the Maple Valley Wolfpack program and parents extended the wrestling
opportunity in Maple Valley by launching a Freestyle and Greco wrestling
program governed by USA Wrestling. This extension of the Wolfpack program
competes as Bearclaw USA Wresting for 6-18 year olds. In 2007, Bearclaw
wrestlers captured the WA State team titles in Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco.
Youth wrestling opportunity in Maple Valley continues to thrive due to so many
volunteers past and present, coaches, board members, volunteers, and
supporters like the Tahoma School District. A perpetual "Thank You!" to all who
have contributed and supported this great sport and this great organization.
If any of the information above or below is incorrect, or you have additional details
please contact the current organization President or Head Coach so it can be
Past Presidents Past/Present Head Coaches Year(s)
Ruben Powell Bob Kallam 1976-1983
Stephen Deutschman Greg Kuraspediani 1984-1992
Bart Kooyman Mike Giannandrea 1992-1996
Tim Walsh Mike Giannandrea 1996-1999
Steve Zografos Todd Johnson 1999-2001
Roger Zander Brad Mjelde 2001-2007
Jim Weiding Stan Weeks 2007-2010
Dan Kagan Kris Lavigne 2010-2013
Bruce Peterson Kris Lavigne 2013- 2014
Brad Badure Kris Lavigne 2014-Present
Our league and program is
based on age and weight.
The kids are separated by
age and then grouped into
weight classes as follows:
*Ages 8 and Under *Ages 9-12
*The age group your child will
be placed in is determined by
how old the child is on
December 31st. For example, a
child that turns 9 prior to
January 1st will wrestle
in the 9 and over age division.