Wrestling Training

Welcome to Scanlan Wrestling Academy’s K-8 wrestling and personal development program! This is a CRITICAL time to be developing the habits, instincts, and mindset for success.

We don’t just teach wrestling here. We use the sport of wrestling to teach our young people how to take OWNERSHIP of their lives, stay FOCUSED on their goals/purpose, and EXECUTE relentlessly to achieve the success that they desire.

Our wrestling system is a SCIENCE. You will not find a more organized and effective system when you buy into our culture. Everything is thought out and done with purpose. Once we have built into our wrestlers the SWA foundational wrestling skills & principles, our “smart” curriculum organically evolves with our wrestlers based on their performance indicators.

We take our training very seriously and we expect our wrestlers and parents to respect that. This is the WRONG sport to be ill-prepared for. Our team is a family. Our wrestlers, parents, and coaches care about each other and provide a massive support system. We are very demanding of our wrestlers and parents. Many of our wrestlers train and compete year round and we have figured out how to maintain balance and enthusiasm to prevent psychological and physiological burnout.

There is no coddling allowed on our wrestling team!!!!! As a parent, you must be ready to begin giving your child independence the moment you sign up for our program. That means holding our wrestlers accountable, NEVER protecting them from failure and/or consequences, NEVER allowing our wrestlers to blame anyone but the mirror for shortcomings, creating separation during practice and competition, and forcing them to take responsibility for self care AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (more on this in About Us).

This is the BEST sport to develop independence and life skills IF that process is executed properly. That’s what we do best here. What we are accomplishing is far superior to the sport. We are using the sport of wrestling as a vehicle to teach young people the life skills and more importantly, the HABITS that will help them find fulfillment in life and become successful assets to themselves, their family, and their community.
If we’re on the same page, come execute the process with us! We are building the future one young wrestler at a time!




Competition Schedule


Spring Wrestling Program

Welcome to Scanlan Wrestling Academy’s Spring wrestling cycle for youth and middle school wrestlers!!! This is a critical time to be building the right habits and techniques to ensure long term personal success in this sport.

We have a very close knit group and preserving our culture is a high priority for us. We will be accepting a large group of new wrestlers this season. It is important that we operate in the wrestling room as a well oiled machine so that we can make the most of every training session.

In order to do this, and to ensure that no wrestler gets left behind, we have created a separate group and developed a system for all wrestlers new to SWA. We are very excited about this because it is going to lay the foundations for our wrestlers to excel at the highest levels for years to come.

If a wrestler truly does want to go into their Winter wrestling season prepared, the necessary work in the off-season is where to accomplish that. This sport can be very fun and rewarding, but it must also be taken very seriously. We (you and our coaching staff!), as these young people’s adult leadership, must understand the importance of being prepared, and the consequences of being ill-prepared.

This is truly a team effort. The younger the wrestler, the more critical it is to build relationships, cohesion, and focus among “The Unit.” The Unit is the Wrestler, the Wrestling Parent, and the Wrestling Coaches. This is also the time to build habits that will produce success and teach mental toughness through responsibility and ownership.

We run closed practices (no parents on the wresting floor) to help our young wrestlers develop independence and ownership, to help our wrestling parents create space and allow the wrestler to take control of their own career, and finally to help our wrestlers FOCUS because we do demand a lot of our wrestlers.

Features & Info
  • Roster Limited to 35 wrestlers
  • 12 week training cycle: March 22 – June 11
  • 3x per week training: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 3:45 PM
  • Location: Double Phoenix (45714 Oakbrook Ct. Unit 160 Sterling, VA)Competition Schedule
  • Goal Setting
  • Strength training worksheets
Fall Wrestling Program

Info coming soon…

Features & Info

Info coming soon…

Winter Wrestling Program ’20-’21

This is our exclusive program with a hard registration cap of 45 wrestlers. If you have never been with us before and want to be accepted to join our roster, please contact our training director, Dan Scanlan directly. We will also take referrals from our current team members. Otherwise, you must have trained with us in at least one of our off-season cycles to make our Winter team.

Our Winter program has a very densely organized competition schedule. We include both local and National level competitions for all skill levels. This year, we will be offering strength training on the days that we don’t wrestle. There will be two separate registrations for either BOTH strength and wrestling, or JUST wrestling. Our strength program is capped hard at 20 wrestlers and we will not be taking anyone that isn’t on our wrestling team.

Please take a look at our schedule and mark off the dates that you will be planning to attend. Our grand finale that marks the end of our Winter training cycle is VAWA States. It is absolutely essential to make it out to this one. It helps our kids set their goals and understand where they are in the mix of Virginia wrestling. It also helps them build team identity and cohesion as we will be working together as a team for placement.

Check out the features and details to the right and our competition schedule below. See you on the mat!!!

Features & Info
  • Roster limited to 45 wrestlers!
  • Must be a referral OR have trained with us in the off-season (if you’re not either of those, contact Dan Scanlan directly)
  • You must be selected for this team through various criteria. Specifics of that will be released to those who apply
  • Wrestling Training 3x per week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM @ Top of the Podium
  • Strength Training 2x per week: Tuesday, Thursday @ 5:30 PM to 7 PM (this is optional and reserved for the first 20 that opt to register) @ Tru=Strength (Ashburn)
  • Goal Setting
  • At home strength training program

We have an excellent mix of local, travel, and national level tournaments that we will be going to. Here is our competition schedule for the Winter ’20-’21 wrestling cycle:

Our curriculum cannot be matched! Due to the stage of development that our wrestlers are in, the first part of our curriculum will be continuing to hammer foundational proficiency that will lead to the habits, instincts, and skills to produce long term success. This is so important, and we have it down to a very specific science.

Our operating procedures include high level data collection of performance indicators that allow the second part of our curriculum to be administered with pinpoint accuracy to maximize our wrestlers development. This requires work on our wrestlers and parents part!

After every competition, we will send out a Match Day Stat form to fill out. This needs to be filled out very accurately so that we can draw accurate conclusions that shape our curriculum along the way. This, combined with the endless hours of film study that our coaches put in, creates the most specific and effective curriculum possible.

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