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Beast Training Wrestling Academy

Beast Training Wrestling Academy (BTWA) is designed to focus on solid wrestling techniques, conditioning and training to build champions to release the BEAST within. Our professional coaches are not only with your wrestler at practice but we travel to the tournaments as well. With our new Training Facility – CT Wrestling Academy, BTWA has the coaches and facility to enable your child grow as an athlete, a wrestler, and as a person.

Located: 4 Eagle Rd Unit 2, Danbury, CT 06810. Phone: 1-844-2-WRESTLE

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BEAST PROUD 2017-18!

Beast Training Wrestling Academy is the
#1 Club Team from Connecticut in


1. Smitty's Barn
2. Doughboy
3. Beast Training

Nick Weyer, Head Coach of Beast Training Wrestling ClubHead Coach/Owner:
Nick Weyer

4x CT FCIAC Champ
3x CT LL State Champ
4x State Open Place Winner
2x State Open Champion
3x New England Place Winner

Beast Training Wrestling Academy

Fall / Winter BEAST Youth Session 2018/2019

Dates: Sept 3 - Feb 28

Practice Schedule: Mon / Thurs 530-7pm
Wed 6-8pm
*Schedule will change after High School Session ends on 11/22



Beast Training Wrestling Academy

BEAST Division 1 Technique Camp

Dates: Oct 26 - 28th

Friday Oct 26th 6-8pm
Top Position scoring Assistant Coach Sacred Heart Braden Atwood
Army Assistant Coach 2017-2018. Purdue University Wrestler. 4X Big Ten Placer. 4 X NCAA Qualifier. 3X Team Captain. Assistant Coach North Carolina 2015-2017

Saturday Oct 27th 10am -12pm
Takedowns and Finishes with NEW Assistant Coach Army Anthony Abidin
18-19. 2011 NY HS State Champ, 2012 Junior College National Champ, 2X All Big Ten for Nebraska, 2X NCAA Qualifier

Sunday Oct 28th 10am-12
Bottom position and Leg Defense -Sacred Heart Head Coach John Clark
Two-Time NCAA Division I All-America Ohio State, Two-Time Big Ten Wrestling Finalist, Four-Time NCAA Qualifier, Fourth all-time in wins in Ohio State history (134), Third all-time in take downs in Ohio State history (486)

$100.00/ BEAST Members
$125.00/ Non-Members

Beast Training Wrestling Academy

BEAST Fall High School Session 2018

Dates: Sept 3- Nov 22

Practice Schedule: Mon / Thurs 7-8.30pm

$425/ Wrestler

Beast Training Wrestling Academy

Little Beast Fall Session Clinics

New to 1 year exp wrestlers (ages 5-8)

Dates: Sept 22 - Nov 10

Practice Schedule: Saturdays 930-11am

Limited space available
* dates subject to change

$200.00/ Wrestler

Press Release

BEAST wrestlers learn from West Point Army coaches
Jon Chik, Saturday, July 30 2016

DANBURY – When a pair of West Point coaches come to town, you don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from the best.

That was the sentiment from a score of BEAST wrestlers Saturday morning as they prepared to take instruction from Chris Chionuma, an assistant wrestling coach at Army West Point.

Army Style Wrestling Boot Camp Beast Training Wrestling Club July 2016

"I came here to get better and hopefully win a state championship,&334; said Bristol's Will Hamilton, a 12-yearold and rising seventh-grader. "It's going to be fun. It's nice to learn from other people and other coaches."

"I want to get better and just learn more moves," said Kevin Pina, a 13-year"old rising ninth-grader. "I'd like to get better on defense."

Chionuma, who was a three-time NAIA All-American, two-time NAIA Finalist and the 2011 NAIA National Champion at Lindenwood University, was excited to visit such a passionate wrestling community. "They reached out to me and it was a great opportunity," Chionuma said. "I'd love to come out to Connecticut to show some wresting techniques to these kids."

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Army wrestling coach gives local youngsters some pointers
Richard Gregory, Friday, October 10th, 2014

DANBURY –– Army wrestling coach Kevin Ward has had a busy couple of months, having relocated from Ouichita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., last month to West Point, N.Y., to take on his new head coaching job.

Even during his period of transition, however, Ward wasn't too busy to swing by the Danbury Sports Dome on Monday evening and offer some helpful hints to the approximately 30 aspiring youth wrestlers at the Beast Training Wrestling Club.

Kevin Ward Wrestling Clinic at Beast Training Wrestling Club
Beast Training Wrestling Club – Kevin Ward Wrestling Clinic

"I think a lot of times I have more fun coaching the kids," Ward said with a smile prior to the clinic. "They always have a lot of energy, they ask a lot of good questions and they keep you on your toes, so to speak."

Ward gave the kids some pointers on wrestling technique, and also talked to them about work ethic and discipline – lessons that will pay off both on the mat and in life.

"Everywhere I go and do clinics, I coach the kids the same way I coach my team," Ward said. And he's got some pretty impressive credentials to back that up, too.

Prior to taking the reins in West Point, Ward was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year after leading Ouichita Baptist to a fourth–place finish at the NCAA championships, the Tigers' third straight top–15 finish at the NCAAs. Ward was the first and only head wrestling coach in Ouichita Baptist's history, building the program from the ground up following its inception in 2010.

Ward wrestled for powerhouse Oklahoma State, which won four straight NCAA championships during his career from 2002–06. He was the Big–12 Conference champion at 157 pounds in 2005.

Now in its second year of operation, the Beast Training Wrestling Club is an elite–level program for middle school and elementary school wrestlers. The team competes with other elite club teams throughout the Northeast. It's a year–round program, although its busiest time of year is its winter session from October to March. Having Ward stop by was certainly a nice way to kick off the season.

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NCAA Champion Gillespie pays visit to Danbury's Beast Training Wrestling Club
Jon Chik, Saturday, March 29th 2014

DANBURY –– It's not every day an NCAA wrestling champion breezes through town, so the members of Danbury's Beast Training Wrestling Club weren't about to miss their opportunity to learn from one.

Gregor Gillespie shows BTWC some new movesGregor Gillespie, the 2007 NCAA champion at the 149 class who put together a career mark of 152–13 while attending Edinboro College from 2006–09, came to Danbury's SportsDome Friday evening to give tips to a wide–eyed group of youth wrestlers, ranging from grades 3–8.

Needless to say, the wrestlers were more than happy to accommodate their special guest.

"It's going to be amazing having him here. It's going to be a lot of fun," said Michael Garner, a 14–year–old from Danbury. "Beast is very friendly. You get to know all the kids here and it's fun." "I think (Gillespie will) teach us a lot of good moves that we might use," said Mikey Longo, a 10–year old from Wilton. "It's fun (competing against wrestlers from other states). It makes you a better wrestler."

After about 15 minutes of warm–ups, team members in attendance for Friday night's session paired off with wrestling partners, frequently alternating. In between wrestling sessions, Gillespie would speak to the campers and give demonstrations on the mat with other coaches.

Having Gillespie dole out pointers may have just been the icing on the cake for the 25 or so students who attended. Beast Training head coach Fred Mills, along with assistants Tyler Banks (two-time Connecticut state open champion and former Division 1 wrestler at Hofstra) and Tucker Schaefer (two–time Class LL state champion), have aimed to create a culture where the wrestlers genuinely enjoy going to practice.

"We want to make it fun for them. We want to feed all the high schools in the area," Mills said. "We want them to know that if you have kids that have outgrown the leagues or some of the things in the area that they can train here. Whether it's Danbury or Newtown or any of these teams, we want them to have New England champions that came from Beast."

Parents have noted a very welcoming and character–building environment at Beast Training.

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Local wrestlers get a few tips from a national champion
Richard Gregory – Friday, December 20, 2013

DANBURY –– To be the best, it often helps to learn from the best. And that's exactly what the youngsters in the Beast Training Wrestling Club were doing last Friday night.

Steve Bozak and Beast Training Wrestling Club Training clinicSteve Bozak, a national champion and three–time All–American at Cornell, stopped by the youth wrestling team's practice at the Danbury Sports Dome to offer some words of advice to a group of about 30 future stars.

"I always enjoy coming back and teaching the kids how to wrestle, different techniques," Bozak said prior to putting on his clinic for the elementary–school and middle–school wrestlers. "I feel like I was exposed to a lot of things at a young age and I just love coming here and making it fun for the kids and teaching them a few things."

Bozak had simple –– yet important –– advice for the coaches of any youth sports team:

"Make sure you keep it fun," Bozak said. "Obviously, you want to prioritize and set goals, but if they're not having fun doing it, you have to find a way to make it fun."

In fact, one of the biggest reasons Bozak stayed involved in wrestling as a youngster and was so successful at it as he got older was because he enjoyed it.

Steve Bozak., Fred Mills and Tyler Banks"For most of the time, it was fun," said Bozak, who started wrestling when he was 6. "Sprints at the end of practice are never the most fun things, and I never particularly loved those, but the majority of my wrestling career, I loved it and I wouldn't replace it with anything."

Bozak certainly must've enjoyed winning the 2012 national title in the 184–pound weight class. Bozak finished his career at Cornell with a 130–30 record and is seventh in school history in career wins.

The Beast Training Wrestling Club is in its first year of operation under head coach Fred Mills' watchful eye. Mills, a longtime coach with Danbury Youth Wrestling, started the Beast Training club earlier this year to more experienced, elite–level youth wrestlers. Check out the club's website at