What Our Students & Alumni Are Saying
23:46 02 Apr 22
Easily the best club in the surrounding area. No other club has the history and results of not only making fantastic athletes that excel at the next level, but also fantastic people who end up doing great things after their wrestling careers are over. Wrestling at empire for over 4 years I wrestled met and learned from countless section champions, state champions, All-Americans at every level, national champions, and even world and olympic champions.
13:33 02 Apr 22
Our son has been going to Empire for 6 years. The improvements that have been made are incredible. He is now a state champion as a junior and has goals for his senior year. John has great clinics that are affordable and welcoming to all levels of wrestlers.He traveled with the team to PA last year and he can’t wait to go again this year. There isn’t any other place he’d rather do his non high school wrestling.
Laura Jane Williams
23:02 31 Mar 22
22:04 31 Mar 22
My son has been wrestling at Empire for a totalof 4 years. John Degl and his coaching staff has brought him up to an exceptional level of wrestling, John has not only shared his coaching skills and vast experience but has and continues to also teach him coping skills and lessons on life, teach him to be self accountable, traits that will be with him eternally. As a consumer I am a hard sell but I am extremely satisfied with the way EWA has paved the way for my son to perform at the highest level and continuing to prepare him for college. If I could give 10 stars I would and will tell anyone that wiling listen, In this sport the clock is always ticking and you are not wrestling at empire your wasting your time.
21:07 31 Mar 22
empire is a awesome club coaches work work great with the elementary kids
02:37 10 Mar 22
10:27 25 Feb 22
best decision of my wrestling career. these coaches are passionate about their kids and passionate about wining! life long memories
16:38 27 Nov 21
They do a great job at every level.
15:04 29 Apr 21
I switched to Empire Wrestling Academy from GPS wrestling in Armonk. Although I was not entirely sure about the change at first, I soon realized it was the right call. Between the large and open facility with plenty of space and the numerous coaches devoted to helping us improve as wrestlers, it was evident that Empire was the right choice. Head coach John Degl is personable towards and committed to all members of the club, and his experience and technical wrestle knowledge cannot be matched anywhere else.
10:29 09 May 18
Top instructors, the best wrestling partners. Can't be beat.
23:30 20 Mar 18
New name is Empire Wrestling Academy. Best in Westchester, by far. Coaches really know wrestling and care about developing athletes. Not for the lazy - commitment required.
19:36 26 Dec 17
ISW has one of the best track records for producing collegiate All Americans in the country ! The record speaks for itself . Degl does a remarkable job getting the athlete to realize their potential.
20:40 05 Oct 17
You can't argue with the outstanding pedigree of ISW. John Degl has developed a wrestling club that is incredibly successful. My son improved dramatically during his 3 seasons at ISW. Now my 12 year old daughter is benefitting from the outstanding coaching provided by Harrison Cooke, Anthony Tortora, and Khaled Dassan.
19:06 05 Oct 17
I coach wrestling and do public address for tournament around the country for the sport, and I see the Iowa style team compete at many of the venues where we compete and I announce. Coach Degl and his group of athletes do an amazing job, and they are as competitive as any club in the country. Year after year, Iowa style puts out collegiate wrestlers to every division, and they are successful. The organization of the club and the passion of each member is evident as they come prepared to compete at an amazingly high level!
21:27 15 Sep 17
Amazing experience wrestling here during my high school years. John is addicted to improvement and the club has only gotten better at an exponential rate. Great for learning not just wrestling but life skills alike.
13:07 07 Sep 17
Best wrestling gym in Hudson valley all ages from 5 years old up to college
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