Head and assistant coach positions available

Head and assistant coach positions available at Union Pines High School (North Carolina 3A)
Visit http://www.ncmcs.org/page/517 for certified, classified, and administrative positions available in the county
Program highlights:
Team commended for the second highest grade point average amongst North Carolina 3A school wrestling teams in 2014 and 2015
Five straight top-ten finishes at the NCHSAA State Championship with four finishes in the top five including twice as the state runner-up
Six straight conference championships
Undefeated in conference dual meets in over six years
One-year-old wrestling room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8xVElhyNt0
Two established middle school wrestling programs
Copperheads wrestling club
Social media accounts
Web sites including private, secure match video archive

Contact Union Pines High School Athletic Director Bobby Purvis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have an interest in applying

Letter from Coach Vondruska

Union Pines Wrestling Family,

It is with great regret to announce that my family and I will be relocating to Ohio to be closer to our extended families. Union Pines Wrestling has been my family for the past seven years and our stay in North Carolina has been enjoyable because of the people that we have associated with.

The program has trust and support from our administration and staff members. The community is very active in supporting our athletic programs both financially and by attending events. Coaches spend every waking hour thinking of ways to improve the program. The dedicated athletes practice and compete four seasons, 250 plus days a year. Most importantly, the program has parents that support the overall goal and vision of the program by encouraging their sons and constantly pitching in with events and fundraisers. NONE OF THIS WILL BE CHANGING!

Everything in the program remains in tact as familiar faces remain to lead our program. Coach Bartram, Coach Weliver, Coach VanCleave, Coach Hull, Coach Martin, and Coach Holcomb have a lot invested in our program and I am confident that the program will continue to grow under their leadership. I am also departing a rising senior class with unbelievable talents and accolades who will step up as leaders, underclassmen that cannot get enough of the sport that they love, and one of the largest and most experienced freshmen classes in the program’s history. All of this has made the decision very difficult for me, which has caused me to wait so long to announce my departure.

It has been nothing but an absolute pleasure to be involved with this outstanding community. It has provided my wife and I with careers in education, which we will both be involved with the rest our lives.  This unique community has given me diverse experience as a parent with so many different backgrounds highlighted by our enormous military population and has given me a proper perspective of the great respect those in our armed forces deserve. Perhaps most importantly this community has provided a family centered environment for my children to feel loved and supported during the most important years of growth and learning in their lives. For this I am forever grateful and in debt to Moore County.

I have accepted a position at Keystone High School in Lagrange, Ohio as a social studies teacher and the head wrestling coach. My wife accepted a second grade teaching position at Ridge Brook Elementary School in Parma, Ohio. This allows us to be much closer to both of our families, which was the sole reason we began our job search. I will keep in touch with the Viking wrestling community, which will always have a special place in my heart.


Coach Vondruska

Team Update: July 15, 2015

Flexibility is not only a component of fitness it is a necessary personality trait for wrestlers, their parents, and fans!vikwrestcolor small trans

The duals are off for this weekend but we are asking the team to join together at the Garrett Pugh's home (131 Hammerstone Circle in Whispering Pines - Arrowstone subdivision) for a fundraiser. The team should arrive at 10 am this Saturday. Individuals will need water shoes or old tennis shoes, gloves, water bottle, and a sturdy metal rake and/or pitchfork. Coach Bartram will be bringing tarps as well as some extra tools. The team will be clearing a shore line of unwanted weeds and generally cleaning up the area. In return the team is receiving a very generous donation which rivals what we have made at car washes in the past. The time will be much shorter (the more that show up the shorter it will be) and Coach Bartram should not end up with a sunburn this year. Lunch is being provided, if you would like to donate something for lunch please contact Amy Natt, Garrett's mother, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

After lunch the team is invited to try out some balance work out on the large air mat on the lake, swim, and fish; so bring a towel and your fishing pole.

Thanks a bunch and Semper Gumbi,

~Coach Bartram

Viking Voyage IV Day 5 Blog Post

On Friday at camp we had Mike Pucillo and Nick Sulzer.

They showed us front head locks and low singles. After the session ended we went to the Vondruska's house, had some dinner and got to see Lake Erie and swim in it. At the lake we got to drive Mr. Vondruska's remote control boat. After about an hour we headed back to the house.

At the house, Coach V's dad had this bike with an electric motor on it which could get the bike up to 20 mph. Later we went back to the Mecklenburg's house and stayed up a little bit later than usual as we would get to sleep in in the morning. It was a great day and cool to be at the lake and meet Coach V's family.

Viking Voyage IV Final Entry

IMG 1907Saturday we got to sleep in later than usual which I think was well needed. We were treated to a very tasty breakfast before we left for the tournament at Lutheran West. The tournament went by fast  and we had multiple guys place and I think we all gained something from it.  After we moved all the mats back, we departed for the Indians game that evening against the Oakland Athletics. At the conclusion of the game we went out on the lawn to watch the fireworks show (I love fireworks). We arrived back at the house to be treated with some amazing ice cream by Mr. Mecklenburg.


Sunday morning we awoke early and left for North Carolina around 8:15 after thanking the Mecklenburg's for letting us stay with them for the week. We dropped off Garrett Jefferson about an hour into our trek and shortly after were back on the road. We stopped for a quick lunch at a Mexican restaurant in West Virginia around noon,  at this point I was about to starve! After lunch we then didn't stop until we were in the mountains of Virginia for a bathroom break. We finally arrived back at union pines around 6 o'clock to conclude the fourth Viking Voyage! 

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