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Welcome to SYA Wrestling – Home of the “Matdogs”!

The SYA youth wrestling program is designed to teach youth (males & females) grades K-8 “Folkstyle” wrestling, the form of wrestling used in High School and College.

SYA offers a beginner’s wrestling program, as well as the opportunity to transition to more advanced wrestling.   The goal is to give wrestlers a solid foundation in wrestling, and instill the values of good sportsmanship and character.

Wrestlers compete individually in the Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation (NVWF).   Federation wrestlers compete with members of other local youth wrestling clubs, and are grouped by age, weight and experience level. Emphasis is placed on fun, safety, physical fitness and the development of proper wrestling techniques. No weight loss is required or encouraged. We have kids at all different ages, sizes, and levels of experience.

Matdogs wanting to take another step into competitive wrestling can enter “open” tournaments. Coaches will identify and travel to different areas of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania for tournaments that can be more challenging and offer different experiences.

Wrestling offers many opportunities to learn lessons about life. It can be physically and mentally demanding. Your weaknesses will be exposed and strengths revealed. There is a famous quote from former Olympic champion Dan Gable “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” We support the complete development of the kids and help them learn balance both on and off the mat. We will praise your child’s success and help them learn from their failures. Wrestlers will learn about hard work and discipline. They will become mentally as well as physically stronger, and develop a self confidence that they will use throughout life.

Practice takes place at Westfield High School, weeknights beginning in November. Weekly competitions begin in mid-December and continue through the first week of March. More details will be posted as they become available.



Sign Up Now!  Practice starts the Week of November 13th!

An email went out with the teams and practice schedule.  Practices will start the week of November 13th.  .   Registration is still open! If you haven’t done so already, please register at

SYA Red 6:30 – 8:00  at Westfield

SYA White and Black 6:30 – 8:00 at Westfield

SYA Red 6:30 – 8:00 Westfield (This location may rotate with other clubs)

SYA White Team 6:30 – 7:30 @ Westfield

SYA Black and Red @ Westfield 6:30 – 8:00 at Westfield

New Season, New Practice Room Mats!

SYA Wrestling was proud to help Westfield HS and Westfiled Wrestling purchase new mats for the Wresting Room!

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Investing in the future!  New practice mats to replace the the 17 year old original mats in the Westfield Wrestling room.

Love that new mat smell!

Introduction to Wrestling Clinics at Top of the Podium

Top of the Podium a wrestling focused Non-Profit Organization in Sterling, is offering free “Introduction to Wrestling” practices that are a great way to learn about and try out the “world’s oldest sport.” They teach kids scoring and rules, as well as demonstrate real wrestling. But that’s not all! The participants will get to see what a typical youth wrestling practice is really like.  Warmups, learning moves, and of course, live wrestling!

You’ll just need to sign a waiver at the door. Parents are welcome to stay and watch. If you like it, you’ll be able to register with SYA at before wrestling season begins in early November!

RSVP is not necessary, just show up in athletic clothing (no belts, zippers, jewelry). Boys and girls ages 6-14 are welcome!

Click here for more information, times, and locations!


First Day of Practice 2016-17

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NVWF Dates and Locations

The schedule has not been release for the 2017-18 season yet, once received we will post it here.



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SYA Office Location: 5950 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville, VA 20121 | SYA Mailing Address: Southwestern Youth Association, P.O. Box 471, Centreville, VA 20122 Phone: (703) 815-3362 | Fax: (703) 815-2180 | E-mail: | Designed by GroupNet Solutions