“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; child/parent
- 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 lifelong 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. All our funds help to host several matches and tournaments each year,
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
The club is governed by the Pierce County Junior Wrestling League and the Maple
Valley 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 teams each.
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 Mat Rats", the kids competed 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 Mat Rats 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.com).
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
Bear Claw USA Wresting for 6-18 year olds. In 2007, Bear Claw 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
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 & 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.
Past Presidents Past/Present Head Coaches Year(s)