Pinning it down: New wrestling club comes to Lake County

From left to right, Gladiator Wrestling Club President Peter Stephan accepts a check for $500 from Clearlake Police Officers Association members Steve Felder, Leo Flores and Chris Kelleher. Photo courtesy of the Gladiator Wrestling Club.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Respect, confidence, humility, self-discipline. These are all but a few things the newly established Gladiator Wrestling Club stands for.

Starting this November, the Gladiator Wrestling Club is opening its doors for wrestlers looking to take their wrestling skills to the next level.

Peter Stephan is teaming up with Blake Fredrickson, who is a former Lower Lake and Windsor wrestler, as well as Troy Dahneke, current head coach of Lower Lake High School, to offer a program for the kids of Clearlake and surrounding communities.

“We are thrilled to bring such a wonderful sport to this area as wrestling has changed my life bringing many successes along the way,” said Stephan, the club president.

Wrestling practices will take place at Burns Valley Elementary in Clearlake.

Gladiator Wrestling Club kicked off their inaugural season by first having a cornhole tournament at The Spot which helped get the club up and running.

Their next fundraising opportunity will be a luau theme event hosted at the Cache Creek Winery in Clearlake Oaks from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

The event will feature a concert by Jason Arcilla and the Rhythm Sons all the way from Maui and a VIP food provided by Barbecue by Biasotti.

The club offered a big thank you to the Clearlake Police Officers Association for its donation of $500 and its support. The proceeds will be able to help wrestlers in their upcoming season.

Fundraisers aren’t the only thing Gladiator Wrestling Club has been doing this summer. They have partnered with Adventist Health and the newly formed Konocti Sports Club which is giving back to the community by offering free wrestling practices over the summer to help new wrestlers learn the basic skills of the sport.

The club also has plans to host a wrestling camp July 30 at Lower Lake High School from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To find out more about what is happening with Gladiator Wrestling Club, check out their new webpage at and contact Peter Stephan for more details.