Historically, the southern region of America has not been known for being dominant in the club and high school wrestling scenes. Granted, it is tough to compete with hotbeds for wresting such as the Midwest or northern states, but as of late, the club wrestling scene in the southern region is starting to make some noise. In 2009, Cliff Fretwell had a vision for creating a better opportunity for kids in the state of Georgia to excel at club and high school wrestling. Fretwell is the founder and CEO of Compound Training (CMP). The staff also includes Peter Yates (Head Coach, COO/General Manager), Anton Kalista (Head Coach at CMP South), and Andrew Krawulski (Coach at CMP North). The CMP staff mans two different locations: The North Location in Buford, Georgia and the South Location in McDonough, Georgia.
After speaking with Yates about the club culture and identity, it became clear how important morals and pride are at CMP. Being from Georgia himself and a former two-time Division I All–American at Virginia Tech, Yates wanted to help improve the wrestling scene in his home state.
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