Silver State Wrestling Academy (SSWA) is committed to providing athletes with the best training possible. The SSWA philosophy begins with an emphasis on correct form, proper technique, and precise execution. This philosophy results in the best competitive performance possible. Adhering to mental preparation, strength, and flexibility allows us to accomplish our goals. While we are striving for excellence in every program at SSWA, we remember that the pursuit of victory without FUN, is actually NO FUN at all.
COACH/OWNER JOEY GHIONE
Originally from the Jersey Shore, Joey grew up in one of the biggest wrestling hubs in the country. Joey started wrestling at Shore Thing Wrestling Club in Lakewood, New Jersey. Shore Thing is coached by Vinnie Santaniello, an NCAA finalist who trained over 30 college All-Americans and New Jersey state champions, including an Olympian in Frank Molinaro. Joey was also coached by legendary New Jersey coach Dan O'Cone at Brick Memorial High School, who is a two-time New Jersey Coach of the Year recipient.
As a youth athlete, Joey claimed three New Jersey state medals, including one gold. In High School, he earned two sixth place finishes at the state tournament, along with two region titles and three district titles. On a national level, Joey earned All-American honors at Super 32 with an eighth place finish.
In college, Joey gained Division I experience at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where he started in each of the years he was there. Prior to his senior year, Joey transferred to Elizabethtown College, where he gained All-American status after taking 4th place at the NCAA tournament.
After his senior year, Joey joined the coaching staff at Elizabethtown College where he helped coach four athletes to All-Region status. After his time at Elizabethtown, he moved out to Reno after taking a job as a teacher. He joined the coaching staff at Silver State Wrestling Academy under founder, Josh Nolan.