Exciting day as we get closer to completion!
TOP OF THE PODIUM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wrestling center in Sterling, Virginia. Our mission is to grow, promote and enhance amateur wrestling in our area.
TOP OF THE PODIUM (TOP) is the premier wrestling facility in the region. Our mission is to grow and enhance amateur wrestling in our area by supporting local clubs and offering classes, camps, clinics, clubs and more. We also operate the area's only dedicated wrestling store. TOP members get substantial discounts on shoes, gear, and more.
Exciting day as we get closer to completion!
PA inVAsion sells out for the 4th straight year, even with so much more space! Don't worry if you missed out-----we have phenomenal camps for serious wrestlers in July and August!
4x NCAA and World Champion Logan Stieber from Ohio State has a message for us! We also can't wait :-)
Congrats to Zain Retherford---Final X winner and now Team USA's representative in the 2019 World Championships!
Schedule for tomorrow----some great Final X bouts to watch on Flo. We will be cheering for former PA inVAsion instructors: the Zain Train and Bo Nickal!
2019 Final X - Rutgers - Schedule - FloWrestling
Lots of workers in the final stages. Just a few more days to wrap up—-mainly painting, some electrical, and cleanup to go
Top Dawgs and Freedom having a joint practice today
Can’t wait to get our new podium made by the Colbert family and to be finished by Restorations Unlimited! What a great gift for a place called Top of the Podium 😄
Great interview with Nahshon Garrett who will be at our "Virginia is for Champions" Camp (along with Logan Stieber and incredible camp counselors). You may need FloPro to watch....https://www.flowrestling.org/events/6197840-2018-the-bader-show/videos?playing=6489997&limit=60
Nahshon Was Going To Go 57kg
Tarp is down, painting is well underway, new LED lights installed in mat area, and fully air conditioned building by end of the week!
We are super excited about the growth prospects for girls wrestling. The life lessons and benefits of wrestling are the same for girls and boys----All the positive developments that are happening are very exciting!
Ready for all new LED lights to be installed in main wrestling area....and the theater almost ready for movie theater carpet and seats
Fundraiser going until 4 pm at Black Walnut brewery in leesburg!
We have air conditioning in part of the building, and painting has begun! In 10 days, we're expecting the building to be substantially complete
Thanks to the small group of hardworking volunteers who worked on landscaping today! That includes Moose Reichow of ELWC who put in over 3 hours of work!
Don't forget tomorrow's Landscaping Day at TOP from 1-5 pm. Please bring anything that might be useful...rakes, mower, shovels, extension cords, weed eaters, pruners, shears, buckets......They started painting inside today, now it's time to get the exterior looking better. Thank you!
In case you haven't heard, Jason Nolf will be at TOP in 2.5 weeks for PA inVAsion Camp. Should we get him to teach this?!
Jason Nolf is a Hammer 🔨
Congrats to Bo Nickal on winning the prestigious Schalles Award! Here are Bo and Wade co-teaching at TOP two years ago at PA inVAsion Camp! https://www.win-magazine.com/nickal-kerkvliet-earn-schalles-junior-schalles-awards-as-top-college-high-school-pinners/
We are constantly looking for ways to improve our summer camps. So we are pleased to announce we have hired a certified trainer to be present at all "College-Style Practices" at our PA inVAsion Camp (which is only 20 days away!).
For those who never saw our old facility, we had an inspiring Memorabilia Wall with signed photos and gear from past clinicians at TOP. It will soon return in our new building! We just ordered pics to hang and to give away to campers this summer----Logan Stieber, Vincenzo Joseph, Jack Mueller, Jason Nolf, Nahshon Garrett, Mason Beckman, Jay Aiello, and more!
As we focused on interior renovations, the exterior now needs some work. If you can, please come to our landscaping party next Saturday (June 1) from 1-5 pm. Come for the whole time or whatever you can. We will cut grass, prune trees, pull weeds, readjust rocks, and other fun stuff! If you have equipment, feel free to bring along!
Stairs almost in. Lights in the store. Restroom fixtures in. Still a lot to do, but we’re getting closer!
Sad news for Magic Man and Team USA---but hopefully DT is back at full strength for the 2020 Olympics
David Taylor announced today the injury he sustained at Beat the Streets will keep him from competing at Final X: Rutgers and the 2019 World Championships.
Important camp news: In order to maximize each camper's experience based on number of coaches/clinicians we have, there will be cap on registrations for our June camps--- PA inVAsion and Ultimate Youth Wresting Camp. There are still a limited number of spots available, but you better sign up soon if you're planning on it!
We are excited to announce record registrations for our Ultimate Youth Camp at the end of June---this year we will frequently breakout experienced vs. novice wrestlers to help tailor the experience for different levels
Stairs and railings now being installed. Painting starting soon. New Restrooms and HVAC not far away! Campers are gonna love the new digs!
LHU is only about 4 hours from our area! Serious HS girl wrestlers should check out our PA inVAsion Camp next month---LHU's men's coach Scott Moore is a featured clinician and should have more info about this exciting development!
Lock Haven University will become the first school with a Division 1 men's program to add women's wrestling as a varsity sport.
Melee 'til Midnight - Virginia's Outdoor Wrestling Tournament
Super proud of how a small group of volunteers (and our general contractor) have worked to keep our facility safe and mats cleaned for practices every day during renovations. Did you know we clean the kids' porta potty ourselves every day (it's probably the cleanest one in America!)? Believe or not, somebody filed a complaint---and we were delighted to receive a glowing report from the Health Department after their surprise inspection. In addition to already reviewing our many internal procedures, TOP will do even more to educate families and wrestlers so wrestling can be one of the safest youth sports! Thank you to all who support TOP and share our vision and values!!
If you know youth wrestlers in the Herndon/Reston area, there's great news! A new club has formed called the Herndon Reston Hawks. It is run by long-time youth coaches who care greatly about the kids. The Hawks support TOP's mission and will be full-time participants in WWS, and we are pleased to help them succeed however we can! https://www.facebook.com/HerndonRestonWrestling/
We are a nonprofit youth wrestling organization for the Herndon/Reston communities and surrounding areas. This program is for kids ages 6-14 years old.
Finals set for tomorrow.....Be sure to cheer for our former/future PA inVAsion Camp instructors: ZainTrain, Bo, and Jason Nolf!
Best of 3 Finals - Sunday Noon ET
57 - Thomas Gilman, HWC vs. Darian Cruz, LVWC
61 - Cody Brewer, TMWC vs. Tyler Graff, TMWC
65 - Zain Retherford, NLWC vs. Jordan Oliver, Sunkist
70 - James Green, Nebraska RTC vs. Anthony Ashnault, SKWC
74 Isaiah Martinez, TMWC vs. Jason Nolf, NLWC
79 Alex Dieringer, TMWC vs. Zahid Valencia, Sunkist
86 Pat Downey, NJ RTC vs. Nick Heflin, TMWC
92 Bo Nickal, NLWC vs. Mike Macchiavello, TMWC
97 Kyven Gadsen, TMWC vs. Ty Walz, TMWC
125 Adam Coon, NYAC vs. Gable Steveson, MN RTC)
Some GREAT matches at the World Team Trials this weekend. Follow on Flow......Of course, we're rooting for all those who visit TOP (Jack Mueller, Jason Nolf, Jared Frayer, Frank Molinaro, Zain Retherford, Bo Nickal)
At this point, we’ve seen just about every contender in action. But, as wrestling fans, we always want more.
A lot happening over the next 2 weeks
Cenzo is pretty good on top :-)
✨ Magic Move Vibes ✨
From Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State Nittany Lion Wrestling
The 2019 PA inVAsion Camp just broke TOP's all-time record for enrollments at a single camp (previously held by PA inVAsion last year)....and the camp is still 5 weeks away! The good news we have a lot more room than we did last year :-)
Super excited about Season 3 of the Winter Wrestling Series (WWS)----9 great events this year. And our building will be fully renovated!
Why does TOP exist? All sports and extracurricular activities have value, but there’s no youth sport like wrestling. It’s not for every child, but most boys and girls should try it. It’s so unique—a one-on-one battle between two opponents with no equipment, just their bodies and minds. Even for beginners and novices, wrestling teaches accountability, determination, mental and physical toughness, and more. As one becomes more serious, it teaches discipline and sacrifice like no other sport.
Yes, TOP offers a great youth league, incredible camps, needed off-season programs, etc., but it really comes down to this: TOP just wants everyone to fall in love with and benefit from this remarkably unique sport. That’s why we’re pouring everything we have into this unprecedented endeavor to create a wrestling center worthy of our great sport. We thank the many clubs and individuals who are fully supportive!
Will Mueller beat Gilman?
First camp deadline approaching-----If you want to be guaranteed a free camp shirt (in the size you pick) for PA inVAsion Camp, registration deadline is May 15. Camp is only 5 weeks away!
Not sure the local community appreciates how incredibly fortunate we are to have Logan Stieber coming to TOP in August. If there was a Mount Rushmore of college wrestling, he probably would be on it. Don't forget Nahshon Garrett, Vincenzo Joseph and David McFadden at the same camp!!
Logan Stieber On BTS And Retirement
Best match of the night
While it’s raining today, it’s a great time to finalize your summer camp plans. These are no-brainer camps for experienced wrestlers who want to learn and be inspired by some of the best wrestlers in the country and world!
Maybe Cenzo will help our campers learn this at camp in August. Register for "Virginia is for Champions" Camp (aug 5-8) this weekend! It's one of the best camps in the nation!
🦁 Vincezo Joseph showing the inside trip he used, to takedown and pin his opponent, in the 2018 NCAA Championship Finals Match ‼️🔥 🤼♂️
A counter intuitive step up, baiting your opponent to take a bear hug/double under-hook position. The key is to get a tight grip and pinch your elbows to negate the opponents bear hug.
TOP will be at this great annual event on Monday. We'll especially be rooting for Jack Mueller, camp counselor at our COMPREHENSIVE INTENSIVE camp in July. Be sure to watch on FLO if you aren't attending....
Check out the bout order for the 2019 Beat the Streets NYC wrestling extravaganza.
310 Glenn Drive
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