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  • June30th

    IMG_1719Once again we loaded up the RV and headed south to scrap with some of the countries best in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In all we had 5 teams compete which included 3 high school, 1 middle school, 1 elementary team. Our flagship team was in the high school division, Elite-Gold which finished the weekend 5-2. The weekend is long, the competition is fierce and the venue is like none you’ve seen before. 50 mats down and busy with wrestling and some of the best talent from across the country.

    The wrestling weekend is an amazing experience for the kids, parents and coaches IMG_1667involved and its one of the events that we look forward to year after year. A special thank you to all the people that help me make this weekend happen. Most importantly I want to thank my coaches and their passion to support this trip like they do. If I didn’t have them we wouldn’t be able do this on this large scale and that would be a shame cause we impact many on this trip, So Thanks!

    Between Steve and Lisa Goebel there are close to 500 pictures to review. We tried our best to action shots of everyone on every team. Lisa’s Pictures , Steve’s Pictures on shutterfly.

  • June30th

    gym1Good Luck with the UFC Gym Frank!

    Frankie Edgar’s UFC GYM in North Brunswick, conveniently located on Route 1 North, just north of Adams Ln, offers classes for every fitness level. Whatever your fitness goals are: lose weight, increase strength, sports conditioning, we have daily classes including boxing, kickboxing, functional training, youth programs, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & personal training to help you reach those goals. Signature clubs also include group training classes like Yoga, Zumba, Cycling; have a full café, the Armbar, with all the nutrition & supplements you’ll need to maintain your fitness gains. Our location also includes full Men’s & Women’s locker rooms with showers & saunas. Gym Location: 1846 US Highway 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

    Frankie Edgar starts new adventure as UFC Gym Owner

    Frankie Edgar is more than just a fighter.

    Sure, the No. 2 ranked featherweight is best known for his exploits inside the Octagon, but Edgar wears plenty of other hats: teammate, TV analyst, husband, father, and entrepreneur.

    “The Answer” is one of many UFC stars who has a burgeoning portfolio of interests as he owns a wrestling school in his hometown of Toms River, NJ, and today adds to that by announcing that he is opening a UFC GYM.

    “It’s intertwined with what I do now, so I think it makes sense,” Edgar said about his plans to open a UFC GYM in North Brunswick, NJ. “It’s something I’m interested in and I’m passionate about it – I’m going to be working out for the rest of my life, I might as well have a place to do it at.”
    This isn’t something that happened overnight. Edgar started the process of looking for a location over two years ago. But things have come together, construction is underway and pre-sale memberships are currently available.gym4

    “We’re excited to partner with an athlete like Frankie, who embodies fitness, conditioning, endless energy and integrity beyond reproach,” UFC GYM CEO Brent Leffel said in a statement. “Combining Frankie’s passion for fitness with the UFC GYM brand is a great fit and we’re excited to show the North Brunswick community what we have to offer.”

    With the announcement, Edgar joins UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn (Hawaii) and UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson (Costa Mesa, CA), and former WEC champion and current No. 2 bantamweight Urijah Faber (Rocklin, CA) as the only UFC athletes who are also UFC GYM owners. Swason and Faber’s gyms are slated to open later this year.

    According to Edgar, his facility will be over 25,000 square-feet and will include brand new strength and conditioning equipment, a full bag room, studios for training, a 30-foot Octagon and much more. This location, which is slated to open this spring, will serve as the largest UFC GYM in the state, with Edgar personally participating and overseeing the gym.

    But for the 34-year-old former UFC champion, this is about more than business. This UFC GYM not only allows him to share his lifelong passion of fitness and mixed martial arts, but also allows the proud New Jersey native to give something back to his community.

    “The lifestyle of a gym, especially the UFC, is something that any family or single person can benefit from within the community,” Edgar said. “When you belong to a gym like this that’s a close knit circle, you feel like you are part of something and it’s something very positive obviously – working out, being fit and socializing with good people is something that everybody could use.

    “This isn’t just for UFC fighters – anybody can walk in. Any athlete or any mom, a kid can come in there and just get a workout. It doesn’t have to be fight-based. That’s one of the things that we offer that really no one else does – a mom can come in and do her Fight FIT classes while her kid does Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling or kickboxing. I think that’s something unique that we are able to offer.

    “I want people to realize that we are making a great effort to bring them something special here.”

    Article Written by: Jorge A. Mondaca – Managing editor at UFC.com

  • January11th

    2016 USAW-NJ TR QualifierElite Wrestling NJ is a multi-site program that welcomes wrestlers of all ages and skill levels. With multiple programs we are able to tailor the experience to your wrestlers age and skill set. We have several coaches in each and every practice which ensures your wrestler will get the personal attention to make noticeable gains quickly.2015 UFC Edgar vs Mendes

    See our Jackson & Toms River Practice Schedule Here

    (Pictured to left, Elite’s Steve Rivera holding wrestler Will We after qualifying in Toms River for the 2016 USAW-NJ State tournament, to the right, UFC #1 Contender & Elite Wrestler Frankie Edgar flexes after 1st round KO of Chad Mendes in Dec. 2015)

    For decades Elite Wrestling NJ has developed many of the JerseyShores and States greatest student/athletes. District, Region, State Champions, National Champions, World Champions have been built under our program leadership.

    2014 Vinnie Dellefave Graduation Party(Pictured to left, visiting clinician PSU’s Dave Taylor, with Elite Wrestling – Toms River Partners Steve Rivera, Frank Edgar, Vinnie Dellefave. On the end is Steve’s son Sebastian Rivera, senior at Christian Brothers Academy, Ranked Top 5 in State & Country, heads to Northwestern for college fall 2016.

    Our Staff consists of experienced and proven wrestlers, today recent College graduates, Young Police/Military Vets (Marines) and Business men which creates a great environment of learning from a diverse group of genuine personalities. We aim to create personal connections with your wrestler and promoting a positive, balanced approach to Winning on and off the mat. With our experience, we know these are the most sought after wrestlers going into college and life thereafter.

    In additions to the great training, mentorship and competitive opportunities, the friendships created at Elite Wrestling NJ are second to none, we have proven to pass the test of time for generations of wrestlers and even offspring. We are very proud of this!!

    2015 NHSCA DualsPictured left, Team Elite at NHSCA Team Duals Virginia Beach 2015.)

    We are more than a wrestling club, We are #EliteFamily #EliteForLife #HomeOfChampions #Student/Athletes

  • November5th

    IMG_3070Oct 31-Nov 1st 2015. Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina The Super 32 Tournament Country’s Toughest Individual High School Tournament. Always a long weekend of great wrestling, this year was no different. It started Friday morning with an 7hr car ride NJ to NC, for some over 10hrs with the construction on I95, what a nightmare, I avoided that so that was good start to the weekend for me. On arrival to NC at Coliseum you are met with an overload of wrestler vying their way to the scale for weigh-ins. Skinny, pasty, thirsty, a room full of zombie looking teens. At that point we could tell this tournament continues to grow as does the competition and preparation. It was going to be a good tournament.

    IMG_3023When I say toughest tournament, I mean it. Each weight class has over 100+ wrestlers, the smaller ones have 60-80 kids so no shortage of matches. Its tournaments like these that it rewards you to stay in the championship side of brackets as the wrestle backs are a bloody, black & blue vision of war round after round after round after round. If you get my point, lots of matches to be won in the WB’s to medal depending on when you lose. Always impressive to see those runs from kids that grind through it and get it done.

    On the championship side of competition you will still need 5 or so tough wins to take the belt so buckle up, its no walk in the park. The advantage is you expect tough matches every round on this side of bracket so its easier to embrace. Furthermore, the glory per win at a tournament like this keeps motivation throttling round to round but the factors that I see shake the competitors apart on this side are the given talent but then mindset and conditioning factor in strong.

    IMG_3029We train to be Champions. The only one way to be Champion is by dealing with factors and Winning. The more prepared, the easier it is to win and maintain a positive approach round to round. All our wrestlers performed well and proved they are capable to themselves and hopefully that will be the motivation they need to stride into the next level. All of our wrestlers won matches, some won more than others and Sebastian won it all. It was definitely a positive experience and I was happy to see how we wrestled but we need to get better, and we will.

    Participants: Sebastian Rivera (CBA), Richie Kohler (CBA), Owen McClave (TRS), Cole Corrigan (TRS), Matt McGowen (JMHS), Kris Lindemann (HOW), Dylan James (Robbinsville) and Jordan Rugo (Allentown)

    2015 Super32 Results

    IMG_3061Congratulations to Sebastian Rivera on your Super32 Championship 113lbs. and your commitment to Northwestern University

    It was a big weekend for this guy and the family. We have raised, trained and watched this young man work very hard year to year for many years. In the classroom and on the mat he has put in the time and with that effort he has had an outstanding student/athlete career. This year a senior at Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ), Sebastian looks as if he is out to leave his mark both in the classroom (Graduate) and on the mat (State Title) and we look forward to watching.

    In addition to winning the Super 32 National Tournament this past weekend, Sebastian, the student/athlete has decided and verbally committed to Big10 Conference Northwestern University for Fall of 2016. It is with great pride and excitement that we look forward to the college years ahead at this highly respected university #GoCats!

    Sebastian’s FloWrestling National Rank #5


  • August24th


    Elite Wrestling Registration Forms 

    Jackson Registration Form

    Toms River Registration Form

    We hope everyone enjoyed the long summer days and made the most of the downtime it brought to your life. Personally I am sad to see the summer go but I am excited to get back in the mix of things both in the local and national circuit of wrestling.

    With facilities in Jackson & Toms River are conveniently located for your convenience. In both locations we have programs for all ages and year round training available. Private Training with and without membership available too.

    With the year round schedule many of our wrestlers have been keeping busy on the mats living the wrestling lifestyle. We like 2015 R6 CHampion Sebastianto believe, it’s that sacrifice and disciplined lifestyle that earns greatness on and off the mat.

    Our programs are designed to build champions both on and off the mat. “Student / Athletes” is what we refer to them as. We work hard to emphasize the importance of school in addition to wrestling. The preparation we preach for mat competition is the same preparation we preach to compete in class.  To ensure that emphasis all Elite Wrestling staff including myself have graduated college with degrees and have competed in youth, high school and college wrestling. Its this pedigree and experience that separates our system, workouts and mindset from other clubs.

    Jackson Location – 263 Jackson Pines Rd. 

    Tuesday & Thursday
    6:00 Youth
    7:30 High School

    Toms River Location – 1740 Lakewood Rd. (RT9)

    Monday & Wednesday
    6:30 Tots (Ages 4-7)
    7:30 All Ages

    Fall Registration Forms will be posted this week

    Congratulations 2015 Elite for Life Student/Athlete Scholarship Winners
    Fred Terranova (Augustana), Jackson Memorial
    Paul Piccione (Stevens Institute), St John Vianney
    Joe Santamarco (Lycoming College), Manalapan
    Kyle Brandt (Lycoming College), Lacey

    2015 Elite for Life Scholarship Winners