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Who Are We?

Since 2001, Advance School of Wrestling and its coaches have helped Wisconsin area wrestlers reach their full potential as competitors both on and off the mat.

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Why Advance?

ASOW gives wrestling athletes the ability to train year round at one of the finest wrestling facilities in the country with specialized programs geared to get real results.

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Wrestling Programs

Advance School of Wrestling offers a variety of training programs year round for high school students and kids in 5-8 grades in Freestyle, Greco or Folkstyle wrestling.

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Focus Groups

Private Lessons

Focus Groups are available for 2-8 wrestlers by appointment for small group training on specific areas..

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Team Clinics

Wrestling Team Clinics

Team Clinics are usually 1-2 days long and can include your whole team meeting at our facility or yours.

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Strength and Conditioning

Strength & Conditioning

Our comprehensive program progresses athletes based on age and physicality toward reaching goals.

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Members receive nutritional guidance and meal plans for the ultimate competitive edge in your training.

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Premiere Wrestling Training in Madison, WI

See why Advance School of Wrestling is the ultimate solution for athletes ready to move up in their game. Our facility provides over 4,000 square feet of mat space specifically designed for wrestling training and sports conditioning. Plus our coaches are experienced and motivating! Kids and high school wrestlers love working out at Advance and learning new wrestling techniques!

With 30+ years of experience wrestling and training wrestlers, we have the results to prove that our training programs work. Select custom options based on your age level or goals.

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High School Wrestling

Check out upcoming training sessions for high school wrestling. Several options available.

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Kids Wrestling

Kids wrestling training is also offered year round. See which programs are best for you.

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Private Wrestling Sessions

Private wrestling sessions provide the chance to take a custom approach to your game.

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Wrestling Coach Bios

Brad Owens

Brad Owens, Director and Head Instructor

Brad Owens is currently in his 12th year as head coach and brings more than 30 years of wrestling experience to Advance School of Wrestling.  He grew up in Mt. Zion, IL where he brought home four Illinois state medals including two state titles for Mt. Zion High School.  In addition to his state success, he also earned two All-American honors in Fargo and a runner-up finish at senior nationals.  As one of the nation’s top recruits, he chose to become a Badger for the University of Wisconsin.  As a Badger, he experienced a plague of injuries that sidelined him from doing what he loved most…competing!  However, Brad always finds the positive in every situation.  He says this was a blessing in disguise because not being able to compete is what pointed him into the direction of coaching. 

Even though Brad is in a coaching role, he still is a student of the sport.  To ensure that he stays current on the latest wrestling trends and techniques, he immerses himself in the sport by attending clinics and tournaments, watching technique videos, and traveling overseas to learn from other countries.  In addition to Advance, Brad is also the head coach for the Wisconsin Cadet National Freestyle Team where he gets to work with the top wrestlers in Wisconsin and in the country. 

What excites him most about coaching is to be able to work with young athletes that are ready and willing to totally commit and put forth total effort to reach their full potential on and off the mat.  He demonstrates the highest level of passion, focus, and intensity in the wrestling room and radiates positivity everywhere he goes.   His teaching philosophy is that you must practice daily discipline in every aspect of your life if you want to truly be successful.   Along with daily discipline, he also promotes the importance of goal setting to all of his athletes.  What he finds most satisfying about coaching is being able to give back to the sport and being a positive role model for young kids.  His ultimate goal is to be able to teach and mold young kids to be outstanding individuals not just champion wrestlers. 

Cole Schmitt

Cole Schmitt, Instructor 

Cole began wrestling in second grade. In sixth grade he started coming to Advance and quickly noticed a change in his wrestling. Having knowledgeable coaches had a huge impact, but even more important was the new practice partners. Having that many athletes in the same room all seeking the same thing allowed him to elevate his training in a way he hadn't been able to previously. Cole continued wrestling at Advance while in high school where he posted a career record of 170-7 along with 3 state titles and a sixth place finish as a freshman, and over 100 career pins. In the summer he wrestled Freestyle and Greco where he was a two time Greco Fargo champion, and a Fila Junior Greco champion. Following high school he went on to compete for the Wisconsin Badgers where he was a 2x NCAA qualifier and Midlands finalist.

Cole's favorite aspect of coaching is watching the progress of the athletes. He has spent roughly 20 years of his life wrestling, picking up techniques from people all over the country, and enjoying passing on what he has learned.

Joey Neigum

Joey Neigum, Instructor 

Joey Neigum has been an assistant coach at Advance since 2014 and brings more than 10 years of total coaching experience and almost 30 years of wrestling experience to Advance. Joey grew up in Bismarck, ND where he was a four time state placer, two time finalist and one time state champion. In addition to his state success, Neigum was a Freestyle all-American and senior nationals all-American. In college, Neigum was a two-time letter winner and academic all-American. His career was cut short with illness and injuries. However he feels wrestling has given him so much and it is one of the reasons he loves the sport and coaches today.

Joey has been an assistant at Advance since moving to Madison in 2014. Neigum still competes today and was a national champion in 2015 at Veterans Folkstyle Nationals. When not coaching at Advance, Neigum is a Commercial Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. He also spends time with his wife, Tessa, and three children Olive, Charles and Vivian.

What keeps Neigum coaching is his belief that once you wrestle at an elite level everything else you do is easy. He relates wrestling to his everyday life and discusses this with many of the athletes. There is no one way to wrestle and no single move that will make you successful. However he believes that wrestlers need to find what works best for them on and off the mat and put in the preparation and hard work to become successful. Neigum puts every effort in assisting wrestlers in becoming successful on the mat, in the classroom, in society and their career and family life.

Brad Owens

Shane Sweeney, Instructor 

Shane Sweeney is currently in his second year at Advance School of Wrestling. He is from Fitchburg, Wisconsin where he wrestled for Madison Edgewood High School. Shane was also an alumni of Advance, actively participating year round for his junior and senior years. While at Edgewood Shane was a conference, regional, and sectional champion as well as a state qualifier.  After high school he decided to wrestle at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he was a four year letter winner and starter. After his fourth year Shane coached at UWSP as a student assistant until he graduated with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. Shane is excited to be coaching at Advance and enjoys pushing the athletes to their limits and letting them see their true capabilities.

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Tyce Shirley , Instructor 

Tyce Shirley is currently in his 10th year of being involved with Advance School of Wrestling. He started his Advance training as an athlete in the kids group, moved on to the high school group, and now finally as an assistant coach. Tyce is from De Forest, WI where he attended high school and wrestled for the Norksies. In high school he was a 2 time conference champion, 3 time regional champ, 2 time sectional champ, and a 3 time state qualifier. Tyce also earned All-American status in high school at Folkstyle Nationals in Iowa. Outside of Folkstyle wrestling he has competed on many different levels of the Wisconsin National Freestyle and Greco Teams that traveled to the National duals and to Nationals in Fargo. After high school Tyce was recruited to wrestle for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Tyce attributes a big part of his success in life to many lessons he learned while being a part of Advance. What he enjoys most about coaching is seeing his athletes succeed both on and off the mat. His leadership skills in the room come from his high level of energy and positive thinking he brings to the table every day. Tyce wants to be a great coach and mentor for his athletes so they can have a positive experience with wrestling just as he did. One of his daily philosophies is not to ask for a light load but ask for a strong back. He is very excited to be coaching with Advance and looks forward to contributing to the legacy Advance School of Wrestling has with creating prestigious athletes!   
Paul Bewak

Paul Bewak , Instructor 

Paul Bewak will be entering his first year with Advance School of Wrestling. He is a native of Greensburg, PA where he attended Hempfield Area High School. During his time there he was a 3 time PIAA AAA state placewinner, with a top finish of 2nd place, and Dapper Dan participant for PA's WPIAL team against team Michigan. After high school Paul continued his wrestling career at Johns Hopkins University while getting degrees in both Math and Physics. In college he was a 2x team captain, a 4x D3 national qualifier, and a 3x All American finishing 3rd his senior year.

Paul spent college breaks as an assistant coach for his old high school and had a great time with it. He enjoys passing on his knowledge and techniques to the younger wrestlers and watching their growth. He's already seen what a success Advance is and can't wait to be a part of it.