Head Coach Ryan Norton – I was born and raised in Austin, TX. Following in my father’s foot steps, I began wrestling at the age of 4 years old for APAW/Bailey Wrestling Club. Around the age of 7 after some early success in the sport, we decided to break away and form Capital City Wrestling Club. While wrestling with Capital City, I was able to acquire a lot of success at the youth level, which helped prepare me for the High School shift. Combining all styles I wrestled (Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman), I won a combined 13 State Titles (4 Youth Folkstyle, 5 Greco-Roman, and 4 in Freestyle), as well as 6 USA Wrestling National Titles (2 in Folkstyle, 1 in Free-Style and 3 in Greco-Roman). After youth wrestling, I attended Bowie High School in Austin, TX. While attending Bowie, I achieved 4 District Championships, 2 Top 6 finishes at Regionals, 4 Team District Championships, 4 Team-Regional Championships, and 4 Top 5 Team Finishes in the State Tournament, I was also ranked in the Top 6 in the state every year going into regionals before knee injuries ultimately ended my wrestling career. After wrestling, I immediately went into coaching and officiating at the youth level for Capital City Wrestling Club. I have been involved in this sport for over 20 years and have had the good fortune to be able to observe and be a part of wrestling from so many angles and levels. I have now been coaching/officiating the past 7 years for a combination of youth programs located in the Central Texas Region. When I started PitBull Wrestling in 2015, I wanted to give back this beautiful sport of wrestling to the younger generation and help mold them into respectable young men and women. Wrestling taught me so much about overcoming adversity, working hard towards a goal, working together as a team, and so many more valuable life lessons that, when presented with the opportunity to start this program, I jumped at it. My goal is to provide a competitive, educational, and most importantly, FUN environment for those interested in becoming better wrestlers and learning the art of wrestling.
“You have to go to dark places to be successful.” -Mark Perry
Assistant Coach – Matthew Israel Grimaldo – I began wrestling at 6 years old with AAWA Bailey wrestling. Little did I know, I found the sport I would love for the rest of my life—learning values at such a young age led me to becoming the man I am today. I have to thank all of my wrestling coaches I ever had, and of course, the great sport of wrestling. As a wrestler, I learned respect, commitment, discipline, dedication and the will to keep pushing and never giving up. Youth wrestling was so much fun for me—competing and leaving a mark on the mat that made people remember me every time they saw my name in the bracket. I stayed with Bailey wrestling from 6 years old to 14 years old. Placing at the top in most tournaments and placing top 10 in state several times motivated me to keep pushing. The year before I went to high school, I placed 6th in the State Tournament which earned me the opportunity to wrestle on Team Texas in Chicago. In high school I was a District Champ and a State Qualifier Alternate my senior year. Wrestling has been a big part of my life, and coaching the youth and giving back a little knowledge along the way is why I love doing this.
“When my wrestler’s got their hands raised, I jumped for joy!” -Dan Gable
Assistant Coach – Darren Allen –
“”Anyone can wrestle until they are tired.” – Cael Sanderson