Since 1990

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Our History

Our predecessor organization, Poway USA Wrestling, was created in 1990 to supported wrestling in Poway. That organization sponsored the Slammers Kids Wrestling Club and the Poway High School wrestling team.

In the fall of 2000, long-time Poway wrestling fan, Dr. Perry L. Munday, decided to make a very generous donation of $1,000,000 to create a new wrestling practice facility at Poway High School. After a number of meetings with the school administrators, it was decided that the most cost effective and expedient means of construction the new facility would be through a private foundation. The foundation would accept Dr. Munday’s give, manage the construction, and transfer ownership to the school district upon completion.

Unfortunately, Poway USA Wrestling was not organized to serve this role. Thus, a new non-profit organization was created by Todd Gutschow, the Poway Wrestling Foundation (PWF).


Dr. perry l. munday

Dr. Perry L. Munday was born on September 26, 1908 in upstate New York. He began his wrestling career in the late 1920s at the University of Missouri. Later, he coached wrestling in upstate New York. When he retired to Rancho Bernardo in the late-1970’s, his passion for the sport led him to Poway High School and varsity wrestling coach Wayne Branstetter.

Since then, Dr. Munday has been a committed supporter and fan of Poway Wrestling. His love of wrestling and Poway combinated in his gift of $1,000,000 to the Poway Wrestling Foundation in late 2000. This gift was the primary source of funding for the construction of the Dr. Perry L. Munday Wrestling Center at Poway High School.

Dr. Munday passed away on September 6, 2004. He believed deeply that wrestling fosters in youth the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and respect for authority and that such ideals are key to developing young people into productive adults and good citizens. His love of wrestling and commitment to youth lives on each day in the young people that compete in the building that bears his name.

Thank you Doc!







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