The Grappler

Winter Season

Jim Miller to Speak at ETC

10x NCAA Champion coach, Jim Miller, will be speaking to parents of Elite Takedown Club on December 14th at 7 pm. We encourage all high school, junior high, youth parents, and friends of the club to attend.
Do It Anyway (NBOC)

A Message from Coach

Our winter season is in full swing and I could not be more excited with the start we have had. A HUGE thank you goes out to our parents who stepped up BIG TIME to put on a great event. It would be impossible to name every single person who helped us, once again, put on a top-notch event. Just know, your help did not go unnoticed and we could not have done it without you and your family.

Our high school athletes have now begun their school season so wrestling is happening on all fronts. I was extremely pleased with the preseason these guys put in and I know it will directly transition into their high school season. The fight and leadership these guys provided to the younger athletes on a daily basis is far more powerful than any speech or practice we, as coaches, can give or put the athletes through. It is the expectation to represent themselves as world-class leaders in their own community, in our ETC family, and on their hometown team. I am proud of these guys for the progress they have made.

Our youth athletes are slowly learning the trumps of vision and fight. With these two traits, many technical deficiencies they may have in their wrestling can come to balance. Rarely does a match go perfectly. You are battling with another human being whose mind you cannot fully control. Things happen. The best guys in our room are those individuals who may not have the slickest technique, but fight with relentless conviction unknown to most. They are not scared of going to dark places and they love the thought of taking their opponent to that same place. Time and time again, I've seen this mindset win out in the end. No matter what happens during the match, fight fight fight and good things will happen. The best part: everyone can do it.


Hotel Rooms for State

Athletes wishing to get hotel rooms for USA & AAU State, we have blocks set up for both events. USA State is held in Cedar Rapids at the US Cellular Center and we have a block set up at the Hilton Doubletree directly connected to the venue. AAU State is held in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena and we have room blocks set up at Embassy Suites with shuttle service to the arena. Please contact Molly at to request a room for these events.

A Special Flashback...Blake Meyer

At the core of all unique accomplishments in life is a vision that has driven great leaders to push way out of their comfort zones to do something special.
2015 Iowa High School State Finals- 145 lbs all Classes

Reece Humphrey Traveling to ETC

Reece Humphrey highlights the second World team member to travel to Elite Takedown Club for camp opportunities this season. The Ohio State graduate recently competed at 61 KG for the World Championships held in Las Vegas and is currently ranked #1 in the United States at the weight. Our second annual Winter Break Retreat will be January 1-3 and will allow kids to reside at the facility with all meals included. Athletes are encouraged to bring their video game consoles, movies, and games for the weekend stay. We will be broadcasting live football bowl games in the auditorium. Details can be found here!

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Reece Humphrey | Wrestling Life Lessons

ETC Challenge

The 2016 ETC Challenge has been released! New this year will be an invitational tournament featuring strictly school-based clubs. Athletes competing for each respective team must be enrolled in the school district of that team. K-4 and 5-8 divisions will be used with both divisions earning points together for their school. All action will take place inside Levick Arena on the campus of Wartburg College. Teams pursuing discount overnight accommodations please contact Jaime at

A link for more details can be found here!

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Jack Welch Advice

Jack Welch's 3 Great Advice (Sacred Heart talk)

ETC Needs You!

If you have any of these items or know someone who is looking to part ways with these items, please contact Jaime at



Wrestling Posters or Memorabilia

Ping Pong Table

Pool Sticks


Monetary Donations Towards our Locker Room Remodels

Elite Takedown Club

Elite Takedown Club is dedicated to taking athletes to the top. In the arena, in the classroom, in the workforce, and in life, the expectation remains the same: be the best. A passionate coaching staff is here to change your life. We want you to walk out having accomplished feats you never knew existed walking in.