In the spring of 2012, Officer Williams and PAL Director Tim Abrams spoke at length about starting a PAL Wrestling Club through Lakeland Police Department PAL. Tim Abrams and Officer Williams are former classmates, wrestling team mates and friends. With the support of PAL (Tim Abrams), in May of 2012 Lakeland PAL wrestling was started. Lakeland PAL wrestling competes primarily as a USA Wrestling club and has a USA Wrestling Club Charter. PAL wrestlers sometimes compete in AAU wrestling as well.
Currently there are 29 members of PAL Wrestling, who range in age from 8-18 years old. Lakeland PAL Wrestling's most recent event was at the USA FAWA State Championships in Kissimmee, FL at the Silver Spurs Arena. Lakeland PAL boasted 6 State Placers, two state Champions (Jack Cushman, Austin Fletcher), three 4th place finishes (Wylan "Steele" Alleva, Mason Krug, Gabe Bourne) and one fifth place finish (Adam Williams II).
Meet the Coaches:
Officer Williams and Coach Moody made each other’s acquaintance through contact at various wrestling events, both sharing a desire to promote the sport of wrestling and give school age kids an opportunity to learn and compete. Officer Williams was a member of the Florida Junior National Team while in high school, two time USA Wrestling All-American, USA Wrestling points leader, Police Olympics Champion and formerly the Head Coach at Lake Gibson High School. Coach Moody attended high school in Oklahoma, while there, he was a State Champion and finished 3rd respectively. Moody attended Garden City Junior College on a Wrestling scholarship. Moody has coached at numerous high schools and wrestling clubs. Both coaches wish to mentor boys while promoting the sport of wrestling.
PAL wrestling membership is free! Coaches volunteer! To receive wrestling instruction participants need to fill out a PAL membership application and complete a notarized release of liability form. Prospective wrestlers under the age of 10 must have a parent actively involved with their child during instruction. It is highly beneficial to find a wrestling buddy, close in age and weight, to receive the maximum benefit of instruction.
To compete in USA wrestling events and/or AAU events, athletes must register for an athlete card on-line.
Practices are held Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6PM to 8PM at Sleepy Hill Middle School.