Looking forward to a new 2014/2015 season!

The Nava Breffle wrestling club had a great season last year, with a lot of new kids, and returning veterans from the previous years.

This year will bring a couple new changes, with two new Coaches heading up the club, Chad Griffith and John Bracey.  Both Chad and I started with our kids at Nava Breffle a couple years ago, and we are excited to head up a new year with a club that has the history and energy that Nava Breffle does.

We will be updating the website with our upcoming schedule in the coming month, so stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, we would love to get you on our mailing list if your interested, or answer any questions you have about the club, the sport, and how all this works.

Finally, we celebrated this last year, but we wanted to say thank you again to Gary Hammond, David Bertrand, and David Winters for their time and leadership in the club over the past years (6 or 8, I forget…).  Your efforts are hugely appreciated.


Chad and John

Congratulate Catherine-Grace Bertrand on State

Catherine Grace, one of our more experienced wrestlers, finished last season with 20 wins and 12 losses.  She took second at the War of the Roses Southeastern championships, winning 4-2 against an All American (who placed 3rd at nationals).

At the Georgia State championships, Catherine Grace took first place in the 65 pound class, beating the same All American wrestler by a score of 2-0.  This All American wrestler ended up taking 3rd in the Folk Style Girls National Championship two weeks later!

Well done Catherine Grace!

Parent Orientation and Registration Assistance

Parent orientation is Monday, November 11th, at 6:00 PM at Dunwoody High School.  We will meet on the stage in the gym.  Please note these important dates for the first week of practice.

Monday, November 11th at 6:00 PM – Parent Orientation and Registration Assistance.  No wrestling this night but we will weigh your wrestler(s) if they attend with you.

Wednesday, November 13th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM – 1st Beginner’s Practice.  Beginner’s practices will be held each Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Thursday, November 14th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM – 1st Advanced Practice.  Experienced wrestlers will practice each Monday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Congratulations to our State Tournament Participants

Dawson Winters, Joey Bertrand, and David Bertrand all wrestled in Little Kids State Tournament in March 2013, while Catherine Grace Bertrand wrestled in the Girls State Tournament.  None of our boys placed, but both Dawson and David won two matches and Joey won one match.  Catherine Grace went 1-1 and took 2nd in State.

Johns Creek Gladiator Beginners Rumble

Eight wrestlers attended the Johns Creek beginner’s tournament.  In total, Nava/Breffle wrestlers won five matches.  Congratulations to Daba Fofana for winning two matches and placing 1st.  Catherine Grace Bertrand, Sloan Finger, and Gunner Ruddell each won a match with Sloan placing 2nd and Catherine Grace placing 3rd.

Scrimmages with Lovett, St. Pius, and Lakeside

It has been a busy January for wrestling and we want to thank two programs for hosting us.  The Lovett School hosted Nava/Breffle and St. Pius X on January 8th and we were able to get most of our wrestlers a couple of matches.  Additionally, St. Pius hosted Nava/Breffle and Lakeside Viking Youth on January 15th and each of our wrestles got two matches in.  All-in-all, our kids were paired up very fairly based on grade, weight, and experience and they competed well.

Shoot the Hooch Beginner’s Tournament

Nava/Breffle entered 10 wrestlers in this December 16th tournament and wrestled a total of 28 matches.  Although, our wrestlers only won 12 matches, there were significantly more wins in the latter half of the tournament.  Most of our wrestlers had not wrestled in any tournament before and it took a little while to get used to the crowds and competition.  Congratulations to Thomas Harrison for taking 1st; Jason Sherman, Zani Patasin, and Daba Fofana for taking 2nd; and Jack Bracey for taking 3rd.  Also, we are proud of Jonathan Kramer who had to wrestled the same kid three times and won the last bout after dropping the first two bouts.