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Coach Georgio Ballentine

Coach Ballentine began wrestling when he was 5 years old in Virginia.  For the  last 23 years he has been involved in wrestling  – becoming a high school All-American, a National Champion and National Placer, and a two-time New Jersey State Placer (6th,7th). When he was a junior in high school, Coach Ballentine started volunteering for his nephews’ youth wrestling program which sparked his passion for coaching and for giving back to the youth athletes of all levels and backgrounds. 

 In 2010, Coach Ballentine moved to Michigan with a torn MCL & ACL. After surgery, he began coaching at Pontiac Middle School and Pontiac Youth Wrestling.  He then moved to coaching at Pontiac Youth and Pontiac High School Wrestling for another 4 years, during which time he coached over 20 Youth State Placers and Champions, 4 All-State wrestlers (2 of whom earned honors at State Placers).  Under his leadership, Pontiac High School’s wrestling team broke a 20+ year streak by finally winning a Division 2 Team District Title.  Coach Ballentine has volunteered his time and wrestling expertise at various high schools working with scores of high school athletes.  He currently serves as the Head Coach of Beat The Streets Detroit youth program at Williams Recreation Center in Detroit.   His mantra has always been to serve those in need –  to help, to assist, and to motivate!

Wrestling’s foundation of the structure, discipline, sacrifice, hard work, diligence, awareness has taught Coach Ballentine many life lessons and he loves working with area youth to pass along these lessons and enable them to handle any situation confidently. Coach Ballentine’s favorite quote by Dab Gable is: “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”