M-RTC Olympic Development Program

In August 2011, the Michigan Regional Training Center (M-RTC) was sanctioned by USA Wrestling and launched through support from the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club.  The M-RTC allows for broader participation and increased development in the international styles for wrestlers meeting specific performance criteria at the Senior, University, Junior, and Cadet age levels.

Our development program is designed to fuel the Olympic Dream for wrestlers who consistently train and compete Freestyle and/or Greco-Roman wrestling.

Participants will build on an existing knowledge base of advanced wrestling fundamentals by committing themselves to technical development, drilling/position sparring, and competitive live wrestling.  Each wrestler will achieve a higher level of mastery of the sport through: 1) exposure to techniques and training that are currently used at the elite levels of collegiate and international wrestling; 2) practices that are focused and challenging; and 3) immersion in an environment that will increase physical capabilities, competitive limitations and mental toughness.  These organized training sessions are focused on Freestyle wrestling technique, strategies, and tactics to prepare wrestlers for success at the numerous state, regional, national, and international competitions at the Cadet and Junior levels.

Participation Criteria

To be eligible to participate, you must have a valid 2017-18 USA Wrestling membership card, be currently enrolled in 9-12 grade, live within 250 miles of the Bahna Wrestling Center [click to check distance], and meet one of the following performance criteria:

1. Top-four finish at 2018 or 2017 High School Folkstyle State Championships

2. 2017, 2016, 2015 or 2014 USAW Junior or Cadet National (Fargo, ND) All-American, 1st-8th

Practice Schedule & Fees

April 4 – June 6, 2018
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
**No Practice April 27, May 2, May 4**
At the Bahna Wrestling Center
2350 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

There is a $100.00 program fee made payable to the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club. This fee may be paid online with registration or paid by cash/check at the first practice. Online payment is preferred and will help to secure participant’s spot. The fee includes a M-RTC shirt; sizes will be collected during online registration. You must also have a valid USA Wrestling membership/competitor card or purchase one through USA Wrestling.

Registration Requirements


Qualified participants must register online [beginning March 6th] by Wednesday, March 29th to be placed on a USA Wrestling approved roster.  Full participation on the mat will not be permitted without USA Wrestling’s roster approval and the following documents on file:

  • Completed M-RTC Participation Forms – Link
  • Copy of Valid USA Wrestling Membership/Competitor Card
  • Copy of Valid Health Insurance Card

The M-RTC participation forms, a copy of a valid USAW membership, and a copy of a valid health insurance card may be submitted one of the following ways by Wednesday, March 29th:

The early deadline will provide us enough time to secure your required M-RTC Roster approval by USAW prior to the first practice.  Late registration may require 48-72 hrs. for USAW roster approval.

Please note: For quality purposes in instruction and with mat space, camp participation numbers will be limited.