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Panther Wrestling Room features 2 full size mats, weight area, lockers and showers, office and film area. Film area given in memory of former Panther wrestler Doug Ravenelle (1986-2011).


Coaching Staff

Head Coach--Cliff Pate
Coach Pate is now in his seventh year of coaching after working for six seasons in minor league baseball administration (including the last five seasons working with the Huntsville Stars front office). Coach Pate is a 1993 graduate of FJ Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana where he was twice a team captain and a four year varsity letterman in wrestling. He was also an All-Conference and Academic All-State second baseman that helped lead his team to three straight sectional titles in baseball. He now teaches 9th and 10th grade Algebra and also serves as the Head Golf Coach for the Panthers. Cliff and his wife Angela reside in Huntsville with their two daughters, Lauren (age 7), and Abby (age 4).

Assistant Coach--Josh Nickelson
Coach Nickelson is in his 7th year as a wrestling coach at Huntsville High. Coach Nick teaches history at Westlawn Middle and also assists with Freshman Football. Nickelson previously coached at Buckhorn High before returning to his alma mater. The Huntsville native wrestled and played football at HHS from 1992-1995. During that time, he wrestled under former Head Coach Bengie Balentine. Nickelson is a graduate of Auburn University. He and his wife Laura reside in Huntsville.

Assistant Coach--Fred Kemp
Coach Kemp enters his 7th year with the Panthers. For 15 years, Kemp was a head or assistant wrestling coach in New York. Additionally, Kemp has been a team leader and coach for the New York State Junior Olympic Freestyle Team and served on the NYSUSAW Executive Board of Directors and was Sectional Chairman for 10 years. He also served 5 years on the NY state chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Kemp earned his undergraduate and MBA from Hofstra University. As a wrestler, he was All-State and All-American during his high school and collegiate career. He is the President of the Kemp Partner Group located in Huntsville.

Assistant Coach--Tyler Fanning
Coach Fanning returns to the Huntsville staff for his second season after serving as a coach with HYWO previously. Tyler is a 2002 graduate of Huntsville High and was a two-time state champion and two-time runner up as a Panther. Tyler is single, resides in Huntsville and is employed by Graham and Co. of Huntsville