Junior Varsity Wrestling
Junior Varsity Wrestling
All levels of wrestlers practice together and are led by the same coaches: Charles Danhof, Steve Toubman, Steve Jordan and Kevin Gerhart. In practice and during competition, the coaches stress essential qualities such as hard work, discipline, honesty, independence, and responsibility for one’s actions. In addition, they emphasize the team aspect of wrestling, sportsmanship, and respect for others. By working with these knowledgeable, supportive coaches and learning from more experienced varsity wrestlers, the JV wrestlers improve their skills and prepare to compete at the varsity level, something the coaches strive for every year. Given the ability to insert different wrestlers into the varsity lineup, the coaches aim to give every wrestler a chance to compete at the varsity level at some point during the season. On top of that, during most competitions, we run exhibition matches with other JV level wrestlers, and we take JV wrestlers to JV Jamborees. In short, we want all wrestlers to compete and to have the chance to show off their skills in competition.
The four upper school coaches also work with the junior varsity program, so there is great continuity and synergy between the two programs. For more information on the four coaches, check out the upper school wrestling page.
Stephen JordanAt nobles since
Coaching Tenure: This fall marks Coach Stephen Jordan’s 8th year coaching at Nobles. Coach Jordan began his coaching career at Newton North High School, where he coached football, wrestling, and baseball. More recently, he was the head wrestling coach at Dedham High School, where he coached five sectional champions, 2 state champions, an all-state champion, and a New England champion. At Nobles, he works primarily with our upper weights, providing great instruction and serving as a wrestling partner. In addition to wrestling, he coaches varsity football and heads the JV baseball team.
Competition Experience: In high school, Coach Jordan started for three years on the varsity wrestling team at Dedham High, where he also played football and baseball. In wrestling, he won a sectional championship and placed 5th at the Massachusetts State Tournament. He continued his football career at Framingham State University where he started as a linebacker for four years, was a two-time captain, First Team All-Conference, and All-New England.
Kirk GosikAt nobles since
Coaching Philosophy: Wrestling is about having fun while challenging yourself to improve. I hope to help each wrestler grow their skills by focusing on technique and having fun in the process.
Coaching Tenure: Coach Gosik begins his first year as a volunteer assistant with the wrestling team. Before Nobles, he coached for nine years at Lower Dauphin Middle School and Lower Dauphin High School. Currently, Coach Gosik is in a postdoctoral program at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, studying advanced level genetics.
Competition Experience: Coach Gosik wrestled at Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.
Gregg MartinoAt nobles since
Coaching Philosophy: Coach Martino is a huge proponent of learning through trial and error and having athletes answer their questions through trying different methods. He finds it more effective to provide tools, strategies, and education so that athletes can learn what works, rather than spoon-feeding answers or trying to force a system when a different approach would work as well.
Coaching Tenure: Coach Martino begins his first year working with the wrestling program, and he will head the middle school team, as well as work with the upper school team. He also teaches crossfit classes, travels to lead workshops and trainings for crossfit, and runs a large-scale, outdoor adventure race.
Competition Experience: Coach Martino graduated from NYU where he qualified for the NCAA Championships two times. He also won a conference championship. In high school, he served as a captain of the wrestling team for three years, and he was a state finalist in Virginia. He also earned All-District in football and baseball.