The Dunlap-Chillicothe Youth Wrestling program is one of the largest and most successful wrestling programs in the Peoria-area. The club is over 35-years-old and has several names such as Chilli Dawgs and Super Soldiers. The program is dedicated on growing the wrestling talent in both the Dunlap and Chillicothe communities. We offer a 2-week free introductory period for kids to try out wrestling before committing to the program. Practices begin the first week of November.
Feel free to register online or come to an open registration day, Sunday, October 30th, from 12-2 at the practice facility (Richland Bridge Church, 5114 E. Richland Ave. in Chillicothe). You'll be able to meet the coaches and ask any questions. All new wrestlers must provide a copy of their birth certificate. All wrestlers must register both with the Club ($25 fee) and with USA Wrestling ($55 fee) to participate in the program.
Ages & Practices: The program is available to boys and girls ages 5-14 (grades K-8) at Richland Bridge Church, 5114 E. Richland Ave. in Chillicothe (located just 2 miles north of Cedar Hills Drive off of Galena Rd). Parking lot and gym entrance is behind the church.
Season Schedule: The season runs from November to the beginning of March with tournaments starting in the middle of December. The beauty of the program is that since the wrestlers are competing as individuals, parents can decide how many and which tournaments they participate in. The tournaments are held on Sundays at Peoria-area high schools. During each tournament, wrestlers compete in three matches against three other children who are the same age and weight. They always receive an award, whether they win all three matches (resulting in 1st place) or lose all three matches (resulting in 4th place). All tournaments are posted on the Illinois Kids Wrestling Foundation website.
Program Cost: Wrestlers pay an initial fee of $80 ($55 for the required USA Wrestling membership) and a $25 club fee which must be paid within the first two weeks via Venmo or check, made payable to "Chillicothe Wrestling Club." Their uniform consists of wrestling shoes, headgear, a singlet, which equates to about $200 total. From that point on, the cost is based on how many tournaments the wrestler enters. Typically, the tournaments charge a $20 fee per wrestler.