Bristol Wrestling Club Press Releases

Bristol Wrestling Club in good stance at 426 Fitness

Warren, RI – Regular practice has become a lot more consistent for 32 area youngsters now that the Bristol Wrestling Club has made 426 Fitness its new training venue.

The club, comprised of numerous state and New England wrestling champions aged five to 14-years-old, started using 426 Fitness late last year (2010) after the gym and head coach Steve Martel made a mutually beneficial arrangement for regular training space.

“This gives us the flexibility to do what we want,” says Martel. “Especially during holiday weeks – we won’t get bumped out.”

The club, which meets two nights each week, had been training at Mount Hope High School. But regular scheduling conflicts meant training cancelations, and with special events and holidays, sometimes the club would miss two weeks in a row.

“When you are dealing with six and seven-year-olds, you really need to keep the training up. You really see a difference when practice is missed,” says Martel.

The club’s new space at 426 Fitness boasts a designated 5300-square foot room with a 2500-square-foot wrestling mat. Martel says the club has typically trained from October to May, but with this new facility and the growing popularity of the club, he is hoping it will lead to offering year round training.

“This is the most wrestlers we’ve had,” says Martel. “Parents like the structure. It’s about success and discipline. It demands something out of their child.”

“Parents today tend to put a lot of limitations on their children and as a result some children don’t deal well with pressure,” he says. “So parents find it rewarding to see their child achieve in this environment.”

And in recent years the club’s young wrestlers have seen many state, regional and national achievements. In the past year alone the club had 15 state place finishers, 12 all New England wrestlers and four all American wrestlers.

Martel says he attributes the club’s success to his strong belief in positive reinforcement.

“I tell parents to forget about expectations because they don’t know what to expect. This leads to more success because they don’t have expectations,” he says.

“I think it’s also about the people involved: the coaches – Jason Grifka, Chris Case and Dave McGovern – they are so excited about wrestling. Our president Lynn Case is a vital part of our club.”

Martel says wrestling is a popular sport for young boys increasingly for girls. It combines strength, agility and endurance.

“Our mission is to give boys and girls the tools to be the best they can be both on the wrestling mat and in life. We want our wrestlers to take the lessons learned here into their classrooms, their homes and their communities.”

The Bristol wrestling club is a non-profit organization that teaches boys and girls between the ages of five and 18-years-old the sport of wrestling. The club practices every Wednesday and Friday night from 6:15- 7:45 at 426 Fitness located in the historic Parker Mill at 426 Metacom Ave., Warren RI. Visit the club’s website at:

About Steve Martel

Steve Martel is a former wrestler who between the ages of 10 and 18 competed in close to 20 U.S. states. A long time member of the Bristol Wrestling Team, RI, Steve also trained at the Olympic center in Ostia, Italy in 1992 as part of a foreign exchange trip with Team Rhode Island.

For more information contact: Steve Martel on 401-523-6348.