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Berkeley Heights PAL programs currently open for registration

Please read the entire description of the sport or event you are interested in as it will describe the age/grade restrictions and the necessary equipment needed to attend each program.


2019-20 Berkeley Heights PAL Youth Wrestling

Registration now open for 2019-20 Berkeley Heights PAL Youth Wrestling!

Who: The program is open to Berkeley Heights and Mountainside residents in grades K to 8. Separate practices for beginning and experienced/older wrestlers. Sorry we are not accepting any wrestlers who are not at least in kndergarten.

When: Practices will begin in early November. 

Kindergarten to beginner 2nd graders: Monday/Wednesday 6pm

Advanced 2nd to beginner 6th: Tuesday/Thursday 6pm

Advanced 5th and 6th and all 7th/8th: Monday, Tuesday, Thurday 7pm

All practices are in the GL wrestling room


We participate in 4 different leagues at 4 different competitions levels, wrestlers who choose to compete will be placed at a level commensurate with their ability.


Why: Wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in New Jersey. This program is a terrific option for kids who want to try something new, serious wrestlers looking to take it to the next level and fall/spring athletes who are looking for a way to be active and get in shape during the winter. Wrestling teaches leadership and discipline: 11 U.S. Presidents were former wrestlers. The overwhelming majority of GL wrestlers came through the PAL program.

How Much: The registration fee is $175. Includes t-shirt, uniform and most competitions. There may be additional charges for wrestlers who choose to compete in optional out of town tournaments.

Equipment you will need to provide: wrestling shoes, headgear.

Coaching: If you are interested in joining the staff as an assistant coach please reach out. All coaches will be required to complete a background check.

Special info for 7th/8th graders: The Columbia Middle School wrestler program will continue this year. Coach Ortega and Coach Jazz would like all Middle School wrestlers to participate in PAL again as we will continue in the North Jersey league and do weekend tournaments. Your registration includes the fee for 3 tournaments. The PAL season will start earlier and run longer than the middle school season and will coordinate with your middle school schedule.


Questions:  To Register:



"Wrestling is a sport that has turned many boys into men and many men into leaders. And it is a sport in which you can be a giant regardless of how big you are." -Carl Albert, former Speaker of the House. 


"Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy. " - Dan Gable, Olympic Gold Medalist and legendary coach at The University of Iowa

Opened: 09/18/2019
Closes: 11/30/2019

Open to: Boys & Girls

In Grades: K to 8 for 2019-20 School year

Off season wrestling- MS/HS only

PAL off season wrestling program. This program is only open to wrestlers currently enrolled at GL or middle schoolers aged 12 and above who live in the school district and have at least 1 season of wrestling experience. There will be additional programs added for younger and less experienced wrestlers.


Program will be run by former GL standout wrestler Shane Haddad as well as supplemental instruction by PAL coach and NCAA Division 1 All-American (Lehigh) Ryan Bernholz


Cost is $25 per wrestler, includes practices only. Any compettions will be an additional fee and the responsibility of the individual. Schedule to be determined but we expect to have 1-2 sessions per week. 


Questions contact Bill Faxon:


Open to: Boys & Girls
born between: 01/01/2001 and 07/01/2007

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