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Chautauqua Lake women’s wrestling coaches Pete and Emily Dorman have been named New York State Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively, by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Two local coaches have received state-level honors.

Chautauqua Lake women’s wrestling coaches Pete and Emily Dorman have been named New York State Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year, respectively, by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Pete has a long career in coaching wrestling, having coached boys at local schools for over twenty years. He has worked to develop existing wrestling programs and created new programs at schools where they were lacking.

Emily is a high school English teacher at Chautauqua Lake, and although she was new to wrestling when she started coaching three years ago, she shares her husband’s love for the sport. She also sees this as a rare opportunity to provide female teens with empowerment and inclusivity.

Pete was a driving force in introducing women’s wrestling and sanctioning it to coaches in New York State. When he and Emily started the varsity women’s wrestling program at Chautauqua Lake three years ago, it was only the third of its kind in New York.

The Chautauqua Lake girls wrestling team.

In its first year, the team included five girls, but the roster has grown exponentially, totaling 23 athletes by the 2023-2024 season. The two also coach an offseason women’s club, Become the Bull Wrestling, which includes athletes from across Chautauqua County.

During their tenure as coaches, the Dormans have proven to be a formidable team, qualifying twelve girls for the NYSPHSAA Championships in two years and building their team into a competitive, cohesive force.

This past season the team went 7-1 in dual meet competition and saw the team finish in first and second place in tournaments multiple times. Dormans’ philosophy is clear; mutual respect and discipline must be balanced with fun and support for each other, both on and off the mat. They seek to promote empowerment and passion in their athletes, and their pride in their athletes and the program they have built together.

Over the course of their immersion in women’s wrestling, the Dormans have seen one clear and pervasive problem: the lack of appropriate and comfortable uniforms for women in wrestling. There is a need for high-quality sportswear that allows female athletes to compete at a high level and feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. In response, the Dormans founded No Excuses Sportswear, LLC. Over the past year they have been working from the ground up to design a new women’s singlet. Around that cornerstone piece, they’ve designed a line of women’s sportswear that serves to empower and uplift women and young girls. Their patent-pending design, the “Gabriella single”is named after their daughter, who joined the team shortly after they started in 2021. Their website states: “Wrestling changed her life, just as it has changed the lives of almost every female athlete we meet and talk to. Wrestling gives young women a rare opportunity to appreciate their bodies for what they can do and be, rather than their flaws and shortcomings. Wrestling gives young women a place to grow and belong, and it fosters relationships far beyond the mat. Our company strives to provide these great athletes with apparel and uniforms that speak to who they ARE and who they WANT to be.”


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