DR. GEORGE PARKER

Wrestling Program Director

George was a high school state champion in Oklahoma in 1988. He was a member of the National Championship team at Oklahoma Statewhere he earned the “Most Dedicated” award in 1994.  An active presence in the Houston wrestling community for the last 15 years, George has coached at Kinkaid and Episcopal high schools.

 

 

THOMAS MANCHA

Wrestling Instructor

Thomas was a national prep all-American for St. Thomas High School in Houston, TX.  He went on to wrestle in college for King College and John Carroll University.  Thomas is also an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and holds a purple-belt.

 

 

CHRIS IAMMARINO

Submission Grappling/ Youth Wrestling Instructor

Chris is a 2x Ohio state place winner in high school, and went on to wrestling in college where he was a part of the starting team at Ohio University. Chris was an Assistant Coach at St. Thomas HS 2013-2014. Chris is an active Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission wrestling competitor and has a purple-belt.

 

 

REED SHELGER

Submission Grappling Instructor/ Wrestling Instructor

Reed was a wrestling state champion in high school.  He went on to wrestle in college at UC Davis, where Reed was coached by Lennie Zalesky, Mark Munoz, and Urijah Faber.  After college, Reed transitioned from wrestling to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submission grappling. 

 

Juan Venturi

Wrestling Instructor

Juan Venturi of South Houston High School was a Texas State Champion (OW) and NWCA High School all-American in 1997. One of the first Houston area wrestlers to compete in college at the Division 1 level, Juan attended Princeton University, where he became captain of the wrestling team and an NCAA qualifier. Following his collegiate career, Juan continued to pursue international freestyle wrestling as an Olympic Training Center team member from 2002-2004. Juan also has served as the assistant wrestling coach at the University of Dubuque.


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Darnell Bortz

Wrestling Instructor

Darnell Bortz wrestled at Oklahoma State University from 2009 - 2014 under coaches John Smith and Eric Guerrero. Darnell won a high school state championship in Kansas before walking on the OSU wrestling team. Over the course his college career, Bortz started for OSU in a number of duals and tournaments.


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Steve Woods

Wrestling Instructor

Coach Steve Woods faithfully and honorably served in the United States Air Force for 21 years where he was fortunate to wrestle for ten of those years. In addition to wrestling for the Air Force he was also a U.S. National Team member and a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO from 2000-2004. His most notable achievements in the sport of wrestling are: 7X Greco-Roman All-American, 2X National Championships runner-up, 5X Armed Forces Champion, and Pan-American Silver Medalist.