Steel Valley Renegades Wrestling Club

Trust the process

Much More Than Just a Wrestling Club

Steel Valley Wrestling Club was founded in August 2019 to provide quality training opportunities to all genders from kindergarten to high school and to grow wrestling in Easton PA & the Lehigh Valley through collaborative efforts from coaches, parents, and wrestlers. Club coaches are comprised of area high school coaches and youth coaches who share a collaborative and constructive approach to growing the sport of wrestling.

Steel Valley Renegades is committed to not only teaching your youth athletes the sport of wrestling with an emphasis on skill and technique, but also the values that accompany it, like accountability, resilience, teamwork, and discipline. Led by Lehigh Valley’s own Coach Whitey Chlebove we encourage a competitive but fun and energetic environment for our wrestlers.

Classes for all ages

We offer wrestling instruction as well as Strength and Conditioning Classes for students of all ages, from kindergarten through high school, and for youth wrestlers of all levels of experience and skill. We also offer Open Tumbling (Levels 1-4) for all our Cheer, Gymnasts, and Wrestlers interested!

Although we are proud to say we are a Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club, we welcome students from all across the region to join us and get 1% better every day.

Fitness Training

Steel Valley offers Fitness Training for all athletes with a specialization in Functional Strength movements, Underground Strength techniques, and overall Olympic Style lifts. Most of our athletes are in a wide range of sports to include Football, Competition Cheer, and Wrestling. We provide Personal Training, Small Group Training, as well as classes that will help any athlete perform at the next level!

Steel Valley’s Philosophy

To give all members the opportunity to improve their wrestling techniques, increase their wrestling IQ and learn valuable life-enhancing traits such as confidence, work ethic, and personal responsibility. We are grateful for the chance to foster growth in these young men and women in pursuit of reaching their maximum potential. Through planned, detailed instruction and demonstration our goal is to develop great student-athletes and productive adults. We coach because of my passion for the sport of amateur wrestling.

Coach Whitey was very fortunate to have some of the very best coaches at every level while he was competing as well as outstanding mentors everywhere he has coached. To give back what I was able to learn from my coaches and peers in the hope to create individuals that have a similar interest in the sport for their lifetime!

Ian “Whitey” Chlebove

Head Coach

Whitey Chlebove is a local Lehigh Valley Native and attended Whitehall & Northampton High Schools. He posted a perfect 38-0 senior record at Northampton and won a PIAA Class 3A title and helped the Konkrete Kids to a No. 1 national ranking. He attended West Virginia University where he moved into sixth place on the all-time wins list for the Mountaineers. He became a two-time All-American with his seventh-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Championships in Cleveland and his sixth-place finish at the 1999 NCAA Championships at Penn State. As a senior, Chlebove was ranked as high as fourth nationally during the season. As a junior, he was ranked as high as third. In 1996, Chlebove was one win away from All-America honors with a 3-2 finish at the tournament. After a redshirt season in 1997, he posted a 27-8 record in 1998 to set a WVU record.

PA State Champ, NHSCA Senior National Champ, 2x NCAA DI All-American for West Virginia University, Member of District XI and Eastern Wrestling League Hall of Fame, Coaching Experience at WVU, Northampton Area HS, Northern Lehigh HS, and Dark Knights WC.

Here is a list of college wrestlers that have been coached by Whitey and have wrestled in his room:

  • Sammy Sasso, Ohio St.
  • Julian Chlebove, Arizona St.
  • Patrick Gould, Kent St.
  • Sean Pierson, Princeton
  • Darius Grant, Western New England
  • Ryan Miller, Penn
  • Travis Stefanik, Princeton
  • Anthony Micci, F & M
  • Markis Branford, Clackmas
  • Richie Markuliks, Edinboro
  • Nathaniel Stefanik, Princeton
  • Cameron Enriquez, Clackamas
  • Deshawn Farber, Lock Haven
  • Nick Colasurdo, Kent St.
  • Patrick Noonan, UVA

Gyasi Parkins

Advanced Wrestling Coach (Folkstyle / Freestyle)

Coach Gyasi Parkins has been a Coach at Dark Knights Wrestling Club since 2010 and has coached nationally ranked kids at all levels.

Matt Buckno

Novice & Intermediate Head Coach
“There is no magic formula for success. It takes hard work, pain, and discipline. Through hard work and pain, discipline is born. Discipline is what it takes to become a champion. Every wrestler deserves a coach willing to put forth the same level of commitment that they themselves are being pushed towards. I am committed to creating champions on the mat as well as in life through this coach-wrestler bond.”
Matthew Buckno
District XI Champion, 189 lbs. 
District XI Placewinner, 5th
2x SE Regional Qualifier
US Marine Corps, 1999-2004
MCAS Cup Champion, USMC

Ryan Hendricks

Head Cheer/Tumbling coach

Ryan Hendricks is a choreographer, cheerleading & tumbling coach with over a decade of experience. She began earning cheerleading accolades early in her high school cheerleading career, where she was named UCA All-Star 3x, Conference All-Star 2x, and named to the NJ All-State Team. Ryan cheered for Belvidere HS (Belvidere, NJ) and was part of the history-making team that won a state and conference championship. They also competed in the National High School Cheerleading Championship in 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001. She started coaching the NJ Junior Jags All-Star team in 2002. In 2004, she coached the Stateline All-Stars in Phillipsburg. She was the assistant choreographer at Lafayette College from 2006-2007, helping to create gameday performances for the cheer & dance teams. From 2009-2012, she coached the Pocono Cheer All-Stars in Stroudsburg, PA. Since retiring from full-time coaching, Ryan has embraced Mom Life but has stayed involved in the sport by judging tryouts, helping with choreography, and coaching tumbling & gymnastics.