My name is Donovan Panone and I started coaching in 1994 when I was 20 years old. My first 21 years as a coach were spent volunteering with two USA Wrestling youth feeder programs and a high school program. Although volunteering was fulfilling, I knew I had more to give.
I found myself constantly studying the sport, developing new drills and ways to teach that would improve my wrestlers’ learning curve. I knew I wanted to coach for a living and had always dreamed of starting my own gym.
I finally decided to follow my passion and opened Level Up Wrestling Center in June 2015.
Since opening, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to coach wrestlers of all skill levels. From beginners who struggle for years to developing state and national champions, including Super 32 champs, Fargo champs and winners of Flowrestling’s Who’s #1.
More importantly, I’m also the parent of a wrestler who started when he was four years old. I’ve seen all the highs and lows of the sport—not just through the eyes of a coach, but also as a father.