About Us

Coach Mike Kendall


Coaches, Parents and Wrestlers,

My name is Mike Kendall and I am excited about my move to NWA and the direction the board members and coaching staff are going with the Bentonville Wrestling Club.  The BWC will begin in mid-October at the Classical Academy School. During the folkstyle season we will practice folkstyle wrestling. After the season has completed we will transition to the Cardiac Kids WC competing in Greco Roman and Freestyle from March-July. This club will travel to State, Regional and National events in and out of Arkansas. 

Being a coach for over 20 years I have helped develop many wrestlers into State Champions, State Placers, Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco Roman All Americans at the toughest tournaments in the country. If you are interested in becoming a better wrestler, a better person, a better son/daughter and want to have a positive experience in wrestling, then give us a call, text or email. Here is a little info about Coach Kendall’s wrestling and coaching milestones:

  • Received my BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • The first 4x North Carolina State HS Champion, with a record of 153-0
  • Represented Team USA in the prestigious Dapper Dan Classic in 1991
  • Greco Roman National Champion
  • Greco Roman and Freestyle All American
  • ACC Champion
  • 2002-03 North Carolina 4A Coach of the Year
  • 2005 youngest inductee into the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2013 recognized as a top 100 Male Athlete in NCHSA history 
  • Voted 2014 SE Junior Person of the Year by coaches and board members from FL, GA, TN, SC, VA, LA, AL, MS and NC

I understand how important Greco Roman and Freestyle is in making our club wrestler’s a complete wrestler!!! 

For more details please feel free to contact me at: Mike@CardiacKidsWrestling.com

Assistant Coach Tom Sims


Meet Assistant Coach, and Team Dad, Tom Sims

Coach Tom Sims brings a level of dedication to the development of young wrestlers unmatched by other coaches in the area.   His role of side kick was established over 30 years ago in Edmond, Oklahoma where Mike and Tom grew up. Coach Sims has been been involved with EVERY youth wrestling club in Bentonville. He has held roles as assistant coach, board member, and committee member with the clubs...as well as his main role of “Wrestling Dad”. Coach Sims' focus with Cardiac Kids is Marketing and Advertising, Public Relations, Fundraising, Community Service, and additional roles as  needed.

Tom can be reached via email:


Coach Scott McCrary


Meet Coach Scott McCrary

Coach McCrary comes to us from Rogers Iron Wrestling Club for the Freestyle and Greco/Roman season. Coach McCrary has been coaching for over 10 years and will also be Coaching the Schoolboy National team.

Coach Kevin Lepola


Meet Coach Kevin Lepola

Coach Lepola is new to the Northwest Arkansas area, having relocated from Alaska.  Coach Lepola is the head coach of the Rogers Iron Wrestling Club.  Some of his accomplishments are:

USA Wrestling bronze level certified since 2000. USA wrestling coach and athlete cardholder since 2000.

Rogers Iron Wrestling head coach 2017-present.

Cardiac Kids Wrestling assistant coach 2018- present.

Kodiak Kid Wrestling Club head coach, all styles taught. 2000-2015.

Kodiak Middle school head and assistant coach 2000-2013.

Kodiak high school varsity assistant coach 1997-2015.

USA Wrestling competitor, all styles, 1998- present.

Multiple top 3 finishes in state of Alaska Wrestling championships Open division, Greco/ Freestyle/ and Folkstyle.  Over 250 competitive matches in 17 years.

2018 USA Wrestling National championships veterans division entrant, Greco/Freestyle.