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  • August25th

    2014 Maaziah Bethea Elite for Life ScholarshipAs I have mentioned over the years, I have been blessed in many ways through these kids I meet wrestling. In the Bethea Case I had the privilege to get to know three of them pretty well. Canaan, Raamiah and Mazziah. The last of the three Ive trained, Mazz has blossomed in our system and I look forward to his college career.

    All unique in their own way, they all have something that makes you believe they are capable of greatness. Growing up in a large family like they did, in Trenton, home schooled like they were Im sure all has something to do with the final outcome.

    Chosen by donors and advisory board, It is with great honor and respect that I get to announce Maaziah Bethea as our 2014 Elite for Life Trust Scholarship Recipient. A $1000 check will be paid to school identity of their choice. (UPENN Admission, Bookstore, Housing .. ect)

    Maaziah graduated with a 3.583 GPA and a SAT score of 1710 from Trenton Central High School. This Fall he will join his two brothers at UPENN in Phildelphia. All three will be vying for a spot on the UPENN WRESTLING line up at different weights. Its should be real exciting times for the Bethea Family. Im excited to watch!

    This is our second year of the scholarship which is paid directly to admission or student book store based on student need.  A 501(C)(3) non-profit was created to grow wrestling and reward wrestling student/athletes.

  • August25th

    2014 Seaside Heights WrestlingWith short notice, consistent wind and clouds it was still a wrestling success. Thanks to Mike Demarco, Bill Ashnault and Seaside Heights Lifeguard Crew for hosting “King of the Beach”. We hope this will become an annual wrestling event on the sand of the Jersey Shore in Seaside Heights. This past weekend wrestlers of all ages were welcome to participate on the sand and they did. I saw youngsters to old men giving it a go. Some doing better than others but all having fun. Objective was to be the first to 10 or be winning at the end of 3 minute period.

    There were some known names and new comers trying to make their claim of King of the  photo 1Beach. At the end most got 3 to 5 matches with short delays between that made for some good lung pushing grappling.

    With wrestling known to be such a grind to many its nice to see events like this that move the event into a not so common environment, put a twist on scoring and periods it to make it interesting and let the wrestlers take care of the entertainment.

    With background music pumping all day from FrankieP Dead Serious Productions you know the crowd was jamming and making the most of the strong energetic vibe. Be sure to keep an eye out for this event next summer. #KeepWrestling #KeepItFun #LeaveTheGrindBehind


  • August12th

    Frankie Edgar and BJ PennJuly 6th 2014. After all these years of traveling to Sin City for Frankie’s UFC career it has created a comfort when we arrive for fight week. The team vibe felt similar to the last time Frankie had toed up with BJ, Confident with Respect. We all knew Frankie was and is better than BJ, Personally I was confident Frankie would finish him as he did. Three rounds, dominated by Frankie is what we saw and that secured him another title run. At this point Frankie and management are trying to secure a fight with highly regarded Cub Swanson which with a win will give Frankie another shot at Aldo or Mendez  for the title.

    slider1_aI have been in Frankie’s corner for over 20 years at this point. I have watched him compete as a boy, teenager, college student and now a professional athlete. At no time have I ever seen a quit or hesitation to chase greatness.

    So many overlook the years of hard work that has gone into becoming a champion at any level. “Embracing the Grind” in recent years has turned into a catch phrase but for many of us its a lifestyle.

    The “Embrace” is proven in that time of year that no one is paying attention to you or your goals. Its at these times that true champions find their motivation within their own need for greatness. Thats Embracing the Grind! Its not a cocky thing but is an accomplishment thing that is confirmed we you stand above the rest. There’s nothing wrong with wanting for the best as long as you are willing to put in the work to be the best.

    slider1aIn addition to Frankie’s 5-Round Fight with BJ, there was the Team competition between Team Edgar & Team Penn that aired on Fox Sport 1 for months leading up to the finale. The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 featured many great fights and many boring ones but it was a blast to be in Vegas for a month and work with all these young athletes with big dreams of being the Ultimate Fighter. Starting quick Team BJ took a slight lead in the beginning of competition then Team Edgar kicked in and dominated finishing with 4 of 4 finalists. In 19 seasons it is the first time that has happened. Congratulations to Team Edgar Ultimate Fighters (205) Cory Anderson and (185) Eddie Gordon.

  • July23rd

    IMG_4703 Lincroft, NJ. This past weekend “The Magic Man” aka David Taylor spends two days in Jersey and shares his talents with wrestlers of all ages. Wrestlers from NJ, NY, PA, CT and DE were in house for FlipsWrestling.com /Elite Wrestling NJ’s World Class Clinic. 1st grade through college grades wrestlers were represented and were all ears when David Taylor “M2″ was explaining his theories and techniques that have made him such a success. As promised, with the help of Adidas and FlipsWrestling all wrestlers left with autographed poster, M2 Signature Socks and a full stomach from lunch we served.

    2014 Vinnie Dellefave Graduation PartyIts not often that in life you meet people that have become masters of their craft. I personally feel I have had more opportunities than most but even in my case there has been a handful. David is one of those guys, World Class, as I am sure Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Dake are; which makes the whole 2016 Olympic situation something to look forward to. All will be battling for the same spot on the 2016 USA Olympic Wrestling Team. After spending a couple days with impressive young man I can see what makes him such a winner. He’s been bred for this, He lives it, loves it and embraces the challenge, he’s driven for greatness and redemption. I am excited to watch the quest of all these great young wrestlers. On this specific weekend we were able to hang and learn from a great example of the Student / Athlete that has proven to be one of the best to come through USA Wrestling and I am grateful to be able to bring that to the Northeast Wrestling Community.

  • June27th

    2014 David Taylor Clinic Dont Miss Out! Limited Space. Happening in Lincroft on July 19th & 20th, Elite Wrestling NJ in partnership with FlipsWrestling will be hosting Penn State’s David Taylor. Known as the MagicMan, David Taylor is one of the United States incredibles representing today and the future of USA Wrestling. Taylor’s 2014 accolades were stunning: Hodge Trophy Award (won twice during his career), NCAA National Champion (for the second time), NCAA Finalist (for the fourth time), NCAA All-American (for the fourth time), Big Ten Wrestler of the Year (for the third time), NCAA Most Dominant Wrestler Award, NCAA Championships Outstanding Wrestler, Big Ten Champion (Penn State’s first four-time Big Ten Champion, joining Ruth with that honor), three-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, Academic All-Big Ten (for the fourth time), NWCA First Team All-Academic (for the fourth time), Capital One First Team Academic All-American.

    Event Details: Date: July 19th & 20th

    Location: 850 Newman Springs Rd. Lincroft, NJ (Elite Wrestling – Lincroft)

    Morning Session 9:30 – 11:30am Elem/MS

    Afternoon Session 1:30 – 3:00pm High School

    Autographs, Pictures, Lunch Session 11:30 – 1:30pm

    Free Give-Aways Signed M2 FlipsWrestling Headphones, Signature FlipsWrestling Team Apparel

    Registration Fee Cost is $120 per wrestler, registration includes Two 2hr Instructional Sessions, Lunch, signed DT Wrestling Poster and a pair of David Taylor Signature M2 Socks

    Registration Process 

    Walk-In: We will be taking registration at door, no partial registrations

    Mail-In: Payable to Elite Wrestling LLC 263 Jackson Pines Rd. Jackson, NJ 08527

    Online: PAYPAL

    More About David “Magic Man” Taylor, son of Dave and Kathy Taylor, was born in Reno,NV but raised in St. Paris, Ohio and won his four Ohio State titles for Paris-Graham High School, where he also won the prestigious Dave Schultz National Award while earning High Honors. He’s a Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Major with a Business Minor and a 3.5 GPA. He relaxes sometimes with a Frisbee and a chipotle meal, while listening to Eminem, and Rap. He got caught and pinned in the NCAA final at 157, last March, but that was his only loss of the season and didn’t dim the luster of his astonishing Freshman achievements recognized in many awards including Big 10 Freshman and Wrestler of the Year and Penn State’s Outstanding Wrestler. It’s hard to imagine a greater honor than being named the best on a team of stars that became the NCAA Champs of 2011. His career numbers are a testament to Taylor’s dominance throughout a landmark collegiate wrestling career. He leaves Penn State as a member of four NCAA Championship teams and four Big Ten Championships teams. Taylor went 34-0 this season to end the year as the nation’s lone unbeaten Division I wrestler and closed out his career with a 134-3 record. His 97.8 career win percentage included an all-time Penn State best 53 pins (ties a school record), 42 technical falls and 30 majors, meaning 125 of his 137 career matches were won by a major or better. Taylor never lost in a dual meet and was a perfect 56-0 all-time against Big Ten competition. This past week it was announced that David Taylor is one of five athletes nominated for a 2014 ESPY award as Best Male College Athlete of the Year, award sponsor ESPN announced Tuesday. The awards, presented for outstanding achievements in sport by ESPN, will be presented on Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.