History of the Port City Pirates
The Port City Pirates, formerly known as the Wilmington Warriors Youth Wrestling Club, was established in 1995 by Coach Dan Willis. This club was formed to give kids in grades K – 8 a chance to be exposed to the sport of wrestling before they entered high school. The Warriors practiced at Hoggard High School until 2004, when Coach Willis resigned from Hoggard High School. The wrestling club changed it’s name to the Port City Pirates and began practicing at New Hanover High School. Looking to get more exposure from the community, Coach Willis moved the program to the YMCA in 2005, convincing them to purchase a set of wrestling mats and add youth wrestling to their curriculum. Coach Willis began coaching at Laney High School in 2006, which is where the Port City Pirates began practicing for the next 3 years. In 2009 the Pirates were informed that they were no longer allowed to use the Laney Wrestling Facility. The following year the Pirates began practicing at the Port City Sports Performance facility, where they currently call home.
Thousands of athletes have gone through this program in the last 15 years. The club has produced some of the areas most talented high school wrestlers, including 2 High School All-Americans, several State Champions & state place-winners, and numerous state qualifiers & Conference Champions. Currently we have athletes in the Port City Pirates from New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties. This club is a feeder program for all high school wrestling programs. We want to see our wrestlers succeed regardless of where they attend school.