Youth & High School Wrestling

Apex Grappling Academy provides a  positive, safe & fun environment  where budding wrestlers can develop skills in the areas of agility, strength, balance, physical conditioning, and mental toughness. Here are a few other benefits that are gained from the sport of wrestling.

  • Discipline
  • Increased Mental Toughness
  • Learning Sportsmanship
  • Learning Competitiveness
  • Better Physical Fitness
  • Better Self-Defense
  • Greater Self Confidence
  • Better Coordination
  • Greater Strength
  • Better Balance
  • Greater Flexibility
  • Greater Self-confidence

Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian jiu jitsu — or BJJ — and wrestling are combat sports. Both are styles of grappling. Neither is necessarily better or worse than the other, but the particulars of one or the other might be a better match for your interests and preferences.

Fall vs. Submission

You can score points toward victory in both wrestling and BJJ, but competitors in both sports strive for a match-ending and match-winning move throughout the match. In wrestling, a “fall” ends the match if one wrestler holds the other on his back for three seconds. BJJ uses submission, which means one grappler has placed his opponent in a hold that hurts so much — or threatens injury so certainly — that he surrenders the match.

Legal Moves

BJJ permits moves that more directly threaten damage to the joint. Choking, arm bars and ankle locks are three common examples of this kind of move. In wrestling, some of these moves are illegal and result in penalties or disqualification. Others just lead to the referee stopping the action and resetting the wrestlers to avoid injuries. 


In wrestling, an athlete stays off his back at all costs. In BJJ, it’s possible to fight effectively — and even win — while lying flat on your back. This changes the definition of advantageous positions for competitors in either sport. Further, wrestling competition consists of shorter rounds than BJJ. This means wrestling competition often is fast and aggressive. By contrast, BJJ play stresses relaxing and conserving your energy until an opponent presents an opportunity.

Competition Age

In the United States, wrestling competition predominantly is between school and university teams, and youth and young adults are the most frequent competitors in the sport. Organized BJJ competition lasts well into adulthood. In fact, a number of champion BJJ fighters — including Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar — got their start in wrestling, then moved to BJJ after graduation.

Weight Classes

BJJ and wrestling both divide competition into weight classes to keep things fair and reduce the risk of injury. BJJ weight classes conform to those of boxing and follow the same naming conventions. Wrestling weight classes follow guidelines by the NCAA or National Federation of State High School Associations and are named for the maximum weight of the particular class.

Female Wrestling Growing

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The future is bright for women’s wrestling! We’re looking to help it grow and develop by challenging you to take this journey with us as we move into the future.

Womens wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports at the scholastic and collegiate levels. There is a commitment nation wide to growing womens wrestling from the grassroots level. In recent years, the fastest growth in participation has come from states, of Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado,

California and  Washington , they’ve set up state tournaments for both girls and boys wrestling. The growth of girls wrestling isn’t just at the high school level. The U.S. Girls Wrestling Association has a whole circuit of independent tournaments for school-age kids, and there are worldwide tournaments as well. The Olympics has offered women’s freestyle wrestling since 2004. Over 30 collegiate programs and growing have scholarship opportunities.