Nick Gavazzi Memorial T-Shirts

Posted: February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Tragically on Monday, 2/23/15 Quest School of Wrestling lost an inspirational and special member of its family, Nick Gavazzi.

Nick And Jim

To honor to his memory, and to support the Gavazzi family we are selling memorial t-shirts. Nick loved the city in which her grew up, and therefore the design features the Pittsburgh skyline. For those of you having the privilege in knowing Nick, it’s easy to understand why his club coach and mentor, Jim Akerly bestowed upon him the name “Too Sweet”. So the shirt features this reference in Nick’s memory.

Here is the design:

Final Design

Shirts are $25.00 each and the proceeds will go to the Gavazzi family to use as they feel necessary. Please go to our website tab “Nick Gavazzi Memorial T-shirts” to order yours today!

Nick made reference to the following quote, and lived his beautiful short life finding solace within these words

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.

William R. Alger

Let’s keep the faith and keep smiling as Nick would want.

Quest has partnered with HERO Wrestling to bring our wrestlers, “shoe skins”.  
Wrestling shoe skins easily and quickly slip over wrestling shoes keeping them clean and the mats safe.


Click here for more information and to order your pair now!!!!

Announcing 12 Session Novice Program

We’re excited to announce that the Quest School of Wrestling is offering a 12 session Novice Training Program.   The program will begin on Monday, April 21st, and be held until July 14th.  (Closed on Monday 5/26)   This program is intended for wrestlers with one or two year prior experience.     The program cost is $200.00.  Sign up now, there is still spots open!!!!   Coach Akerly has already enrolled over 30 to the program, so it will be a great experience for new wrestlers to learn, find great work out partners and train all summer!

Again the first session starts Monday 4/21!

Register on the website, by selecting “Novice Program” on the registration tab!

Register for Quest School of Wrestling-Select Novice Program

Winning isn’t Everything, but wanting to win is “

-Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, legendary coach, Green Bay Packers

As many of our youth wrestlers head to Pa States and some off to compete at the D1 NCAA Nationals, it seems appropriate to say a few words about determination.    Steve Siebold, Mental Toughness Coach, does a great series on the thought processes, habits and philosophies of the great ones.   In one section, he speaks about how the “World Class is Determined to Win”, and “as simple as it sounds, many times the only thing that separates winners from losers is pure determination.”     Siebold explains that the mediocre or amateurs spend more time thinking about victory, and constantly ask themselves, “is the effort I have to put into this, worth the reward of winning.”    Meanwhile, the CHAMPIONS, focus on winning and their attitude is “whatever it takes”.

Something in Siebold’s book really hits home in the sport of wrestling, because as every wrestlers knows, to train and compete in the sport there is some level of pain.     Something that truly differentiates a winner is that, when an amateurs feels pain, he  seeks to escape it, perhaps by giving up or giving in.   However, a CHAMPION expects that in order to  win, he will feel some pain, and learns to push past it.      The lesson to learn:   NOW is the time is  to dig deep and pour on the determination, push pass the pain and keep your attention on your goal.  True “Champions are the warriors in this world.   Their outstanding preparation, both mental and physical, makes them unstoppable and ferocious” out on the mat!   Go make it happen!

Keep up to date here on the competition in Harrisburg this weekend for the PJW States:   Live PJW Coverage       Here is the link for the PJW Brackets:   PJW Championship Brackets-2014

You can watch the Live Coverage and keep up to date on whats going on in Oklahoma City here:   NCAA Wrestling Championships 2014

The brackets for the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships being held in Oklahoma City will be announced on 3/12/14.    The announcements will happen throughout the day and will start at 1 p.m. EST.   The announcements will be on, and will continue throughout the day.    Qualifiers are announced in alphabetical order, and they will start at 1pm EST with the heavyweights.   They will continue through the weight classes, and announce a new one at each half hour.   (197 lbs at 1:30; 184 at 2pm, 174 at 2:30pm, 165 at 3:00pm, 157 at 3:30pm, 150 at 4:00pm, 141 at 4:30pm, 133 at 5:00pm and 125 at 5:30pm)
At 6pm EST, the day will conclude with the NCAA Wrestling Selection Show on, where the seeds and brackets will be unveiled for each weight class.  During the Selection Show, details on the championship match order for Session VI on Saturday night will be revealed.
Immediately following the show, a full release and brackets will be posted

You have to dream hard, wish big and chase after your goals.
Because no one is going to do it for you.

The 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships will be held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City from March 20-22. Tickets may be purchased on

Reminders to all Quest School of Wrestling Members:

Starting today, Monday March 10th, 2014 there will be NO PARENTS allowed in the gym.   Coach Akerly is in the final weeks of getting all the wrestlers prepared for Areas and States.   His goal is to minimize distractions and disruptions, and allow the wrestlers to focus on the drilling and teaching.     

Congratulations to all the Quest Wrestlers who placed at states this month!

If you are one of our wrestlers who placed at either at the PJW Junior High States or at the PIAA States in Hershey, please email Coach Akerly.    He is planning a medal night!!!!    Again, special accolades go out to the Macri and Chishko Families on their incredible accomplishment:    Two Weekends and Four Champions!

D1 Conference Championships

This past weekend held the qualifying tournaments for D1 wrestlers to earn automatic bids to the 2014 NCAA Wrestling National Championships.   Several Quest Wrestlers got their tickets punched!     There are still 40 spots waiting to be filled, several at each weight class, allowing 33 D1 Wrestlers to compete in a weight class.   The NCAA Committee announces their selections for these last 40 spots on 3/12-stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that a few more Questers get a ticket to Oklahoma City on March 20-22!     Keep up to date on whats going on in college wrestling at:  NCAA Championship Wrestling Information

For those of you looking for information on the Dapper Dan Classic.    See below from the blog by Joe Tuscano.  


Wrestling Classic


Dalton Macri and Solomon Chishko, fresh from state championships in Hershey over the weekend, were selected for the Pennsylvania Team for Sunday’s Pittsburgh’s Wrestling CLassic.
Teammate Brendan Price made the WPIAL team at 113. Ty Buckiso (138) of Peters Township, Grant Fetchet (145) of South Fayette and Jake Temple (220) of Avella also made the WPIAL team.
Chishko will wrestle at 138 and Macri at 120. (The Classic gives 7 pounds).
Jason Nolf of Kittanning, a three-time state champ, will wrestle at 145 for the Pa. Team.
Chance Marsteller, an undefeated four-time champion, pulled out of the tournament because of a back injury.

Pennsylvania vs. United Sattes, 6 p.m.

WPIAL vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
Pennsylvania Team
113-Ethan Lizak, Parkland, 164-18, 2X
120-Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan, 133-15, 1X
126-Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic, 141-14, 1X
132-Ian Brown, Hanover, 159-12, 1X
138-Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan, 132-8, 2X
145-Jason Nolf, Kittanning, 176-1, 3X
152-T.C. Warner, Cumberland Valley, 146-18, 1X
160-Garrett Peppelman, Central Dauphin, 185-15, 2X

170-Steve Loiseau, Lancaster Catholic, 154-26, 1X

182-Zach Zavatsky, Latrobe, 166-18, 1X
195-Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian Springs183-12, 1X
220-Michael Boykin Coatesville, 142-14, 1X
Hvy-Thomas Haines, Solanco, 174-5, 4X
Combined: 2,055-176, 21 titles

United States

113-Brian Rossi, Lockport, Ill., 158-17, 1X
120-Nathan Boston, Woodford County, Ky., 204-1, 3X
126-Steve Micic, Hanover Central, Ind., 182-5, 3X
132-Josh Albers, Dakota, Ill., 182-0, 4X
138-Joe McKenna, Blair Academy, N.J., 154-7, 3X
145-Tyler Berger, Crook County, Ore., 198-3, 4X
152-Bryce Brill, Mount Carmel, Ill., 182-5, 3X
160-Ryan Blees, Bismarck, N.D., 190-5, 4X
170-Bo Nickal, Allen, Texas. 179-7, 3X
182-Joel Dixon, Edmon North, Okla., 126-13, 2X
195-Chip Ness, Buford, Ga., 168-1, 4X
220-Kyle Snyder, Good Counsel, Md., 179-0, 3X
Hvy-Nick Nevills, Clovis, Calif., 200-5, 3X
Combined: 2,302-69, 40 titles


113-Brendan Price, Canon-McMillan, 112-24
120-Brendan Hasson, Belle Vernon, 121-43
126-Dom Forys, North Allegheny, 163-22
132-Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional, 158-21
138-Ty Buckiso, Peters Township, 133-27
145-Grant Fetchet, South Fayette, 141-42
152-Steven Edwards, Burrell, 142-37, 1X
160-Jonathan Avon, North Hills, 123-31
170-Kyle Coniker, Pgh. Central Catholic, 89-22, 1X
182-Terrell Fields, Valley, 135-42, 1X
195-Cole Macek, Montour, 137-26, 1X
220-Jake Temple, Avella, 146-17, 2X
Hvy-Shane Kuhn, Kiski, 146-20, 2X
Combined: 1,717-375, 8 titles

Oklahoma Team

113-Braden Bennett, Locust Grove, 72-39
120-Jacob Findley, Collinsville, 89-31
126-Cub Yeager, Locust Grove, 128-14, 3X
132-Justin Fletcher, Bixby, 122-44
138-Will Steltzlen, Collinsville, 126-33, 4X
145-Jonce Blaylock, Berryhill, 128-7, 2X
152-Dakota Head, Tuttle Tuttle 126-24, 2X
160-Jacobe Smith, Muskogee, 109-10, 1X
170-Chandler Rogers, Stillwater, 178-6, 4X
182-Lance Dixon, Edmond North, 127-12, 2X
195-Derek White, Edmond North, 127-10, 2X
220-Andrew Dixon, Edmond North, 140-15, 2X
Hvy-Trey Loveall, Locust Grove, 92-26
Combined: 1,564-271, 22 titles


Quest School of Wrestling will be holding a showcase-style “College Expo and Wrestler Prospect Camp” for high school wrestlers September 21 and 22nd at its facility at 264 Munce Road, Washington Pa 15301.

The camp, which costs $50.00 per wrestler, will be limited to wrestlers entering grades 8-12 this fall.  The cost includes lunch both days.   “Full Team Discounts” will be provided.   The number of participants and full teams is limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible-Details Below

Lodging is available for any wrestler or their family at our sponsor hotel:  

Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe

Campers will have two clinics a day, which will include a morning and afternoon drill and live technical workout.

The camp will be geared towards preparing campers for college wrestling, along with introducing them to the strength and conditioning programs and nutrition that will prepare campers to excel at the next level.  The camp will expose high school wrestlers who seek to wrestle collegiately, to different college coaches from across the different levels of competition.

Each clinic session will be directed by a different clinician and assisted by coaches from many different colleges— the list currently includes 23 coaches from college and universities such as University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, University of Pennsylvania Edinboro University, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Clarion University, Waynesburg University, West Liberty College, and Ohio University and many other college coaches will be in attendance as well.
The camp director and owner of Quest School of Wrestling, Jim Akerly will also host a

“Parent’s College Workshop” to run simultaneously with the Wrestler’s Clinics. This workshop will be held at our sponsor hotel:  Hilton Garden Inn at Southpoint 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317.   Workshop sessions include:  “NCAA Compliance-the facts and rules”; “College Financial Planning”; “Sports Nutrition” and other topics.    

Additionally, as part of the “Team Program” the National Wrestling Coaches Association will conduct a seminar for all Coaches on Day 2 of the Camp.   The program will focus on “ Program Development and Leadership”.  Topics will include using tools such as Social Media, Coaching and Program Strategies and More.

Dates:  9/21/13 to 2/22/13 Time:    8:45 Report Day 1;   9:00 Report Day 2 Cost:    $50.00 per Wrestler; Team Discounts Available RSVP to:  to hold spots for wrestlers, coaches,  parents and teams.  Please let us know in your email how many wrestlers, parents and coaches will be attending. Upon receiving this information we will send an email out with details on payment amount, which is due Day 1 of camp; hotel information if needed; and registration forms for each wrestler attending.

Tentative Wrestler’s Clinic Schedule:

Time Activity Clinician Time Activity Clinician
8:45am Report and Registration   9:00am Report  
9:30 Clinic 1 M. Hahesy 9:30 Clinic 3 S. Abe
11:15 Live Wrestle J. Akerly 11:15 Live Wrestle J. Akerly
12:00 Lunch Open 12:00 Lunch Open
1:00 Strength and Endurance TBD 1:00 Sports Nutrition Registered Dietitian TBD
2:00 Clinic 2 J. Akerly 2:00 Clinic 2 N. Carr
3:15 Live Wrestle J. Akerly 3:15 Live Wrestle J. Akerly
5:00 Round Table Discussion All Coaches 5:00 Round Table Discussion All Coaches

Camp Clinicians:

Jim Akerly-Camp Director and Owner of Quest School of Wrestling Jim brings many years of experience to his program.  He opened the doors of Quest School of Wrestling in 2001, and over the years many accomplished wrestlers have trained on his mats.  Coach Akerly was formerly the Head Coach of American University, where he received the CAA Coach of the Year Award in 1997.  He has coached at West Virginia University, Edinboro University, Rider University and the University of Virginia.

He graduated from West Virginia University in 1989 with a degree in physical education.  During his career with the Mountaineer Matmen, he set a school record for the most wins, with a 119-34-4 record in the 150lb weight class.  He was an NCAA All American, a three time NCAA National Qualifier and a finalist at the prestigious Midlands Tournament.   

Nate Carr- Director of Carr Wrestling Club Nate’s accomplishments include being a Father, Olympian and Minister.  As well as: Pennsylvania State High Champion,  Three Time Pennsylvania Freestyle Champion, Junior National Champion, Two Time Big Eight Champion, Three Time NCAA Champion,  Three Time National Freestyle Champion, Three Time World Team Member, Goodwill Games Champion, World Cup Champion and Pan American Games Champion.

In his 13 year tenure at West Virginia University, the wrestling program moved from being 25th in the Nation to being ranked consistently in the top 10. Ranking 6th in the country before Carr’s departure, WVU had an excellent chance of being NCAA Champions in the near future.  In1991 he was named the NCAA Wrestling Coach of the Year. During his tenure he coached 2 National Champions, 10 All-Americans, won 2 EWL Dual Meet Crowns and an EWLTournament Title and sent 64 wrestlers to NCAA tournaments.   He has been honored for his outstanding wrestling career and character as a wrestler and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame,  Iowa State University Hall of Fame, Eastern Wrestling League Hall of Fame, as being a  Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Mike Hahesy-Head Coach of Cathedral Preparatory School Coach Hahesy works as the Co-Head Coach at Erie Prep.  He started his coaching career at Warren High School where he compiled a 51-20 record over 5 years, coached Warren’s first and only state finalist. He was awarded Sectional Coach of the Year honors. He moved on to Erie McDowell where his teams finished 37-5 over 3 years. His teams were District Champions, Metro Champions, and in 1995 finished with a record of 13-0, McDowell’s first and only undefeated team. He was also District Coach of the year. His overall head coaching record currently stands at 113-33.

He then moved on to the college level where he coached at Gannon for 4 years. While there, he coached several All-Americans and Gannon’s only NCAA Champion, Doug Joseph. Following this assignment he moved on Edinboro University for 9 years. While at Edinboro, the teams finished in the top ten 6 times and won the PSAC and EWL titles 8 times. He worked with and coached many All-Americans and two NCAA Champions, Gregor Gillespie and Jarrod King. Coach Hahesy was successful as an athlete, being an Iowa High School State Champion, AAU National Champion, NCAA Runner-Up, and NCAA Champion.

Sanshiro “Sunny” Abe -Pitt Bull Wrestling Club Organizer & Main Instructor ‘Sunny’ was a member of the 1996 Japanese Olympic Team, a 3 time Japanese World Team Member, He wrestled at Penn State where he was a  4 time All-American,  NCAA Champion, and a 3 time Big Ten Champion.   He was also a Asian Games Gold Medalist.