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Comings & Goings: BETA wrestling academy opens in Justice

By Bob Bong

Joe Phelan has been coaching wrestling in the southwest suburbs for about 30 years.

He started with the Badgers Wrestling Club at Argo High School and has been involved one way or another ever since.

A month ago, Phelan dipped into his savings to open Beast Elite Training Academy at 7750 S. Archer Ave. in his hometown of Justice. The academy is at the end of a retail strip anchored by E&M Foods.

“The name comes from a character I played to help out a wrestling coach,” he said. “I already had the name and logo. I basically played the bad guy.”

Phelan has become something of a mentor to area wrestling coaches and he is proud of the wrestling tree of coaches he has inspired.

“All the guys who work as trainers I coached. I’m the Bill Belichick of wrestling around here,” he said. Former wrestlers he has coached are now coaches at St. Laurence and De La Salle high schools.

Phelan said his academy has a wrestling room with mats, an MMA training area with bags, and a weight room.

“It’s my dream gym,” he said. “I do what I want to do.”

So far, so good.

Phelan said there is a steady group of 30-35 kids who come in on a regular basis to hone their wrestling skills.

“We have a half-dozen fighters who come in and we hold weekend clinics on Sundays.”

This past weekend, Alexis Paul Rivera put on a clinic.

“He’s one of the best clinicians in Illinois and is the lead technician for Beat the Streets,” Phelan said.

Phelan said his academy is open to anyone from 4 to 50. “We take in all levels.”

For information, call Phelan at 708-856-4647, visit Badger Wrestling Club on Facebook or check out their website at badgerwrestling.com.

Farmers names Sandra Cavoto to Distinguished Presidents Council

Sandra Cavoto

Farmers Insurance agent Sandra Cavoto has been named to the national insurer’s Presidents Council, the Los Angeles-based organization recently announced. Membership in Presidents Council is the organization’s most elite honor for the top one percent of exclusive agents and district managers.

“On behalf of Farmers, I’m thrilled to recognize Sandra Cavoto as a member of Presidents Council, the most prestigious achievement club at Farmers Insurance,” said Suzanne Turner, Farmers Insurance Territory Executive. “Those who qualify for Presidents Council are among the most elite agents in the country, demonstrating outstanding work and customer-focused efforts. A sincerecongratulationsto Sandra on her achievement.”

“Being named to Presidents Council is a great honor and career highlight,” said Cavoto. “I look forward to working with the Farmers leadership team and my fellow agents across the country on our shared vision to make a positive difference for our customers and organization.

The elite group of agents and district managers who make up Presidents Council are leaders in their communities, mentors to other agents and district managers, and exemplary business owners. They were selected on the basis of a number of criteria, including their excellence in providing quality customer service, their consistent top-ranked business performance, and their commitment to furthering the goals and ideals of the Farmers organization. As members of the Presidents Council, Cavoto and her fellow Council members will serve as direct liaisons with their peers across the country and act as an important sounding board to the leadership of the national insurer.

Oak Lawn grand openings

Silencer Athletics held a grand opening for its new fitness center location at 4038 W. 111thSt. on March 24.

Paul Amos is the coach and trainer of the neighborhood training and fitness gym.

For information, call 708-864-0990.

Supercuts held its grand opening at its location at 9532 S. Cicero Ave. on March 31 after a year marked by COVID-19 related closings thanks to the pandemic.

For information, call 773-614-8933.

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at [email protected] You can track business openings and closings atÊhttp://bobbongonbusiness.com/

 

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