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 GGWC Officers

President/CEO — Gene Dermody *
      Dermody joined Golden Gate in 1982 after the first Gay Games and became club president after the death of club founder Don Jung in 1986. He is the only wrestler to compete in every Gay Games; his seven Gay Games medals include gold medals in the past three.

Secretary/Alliance Coach — Ross Capdeville
      Capdeville made his wrestling debut in 2005 when he joined GGWC. Initially mentored by Johnny Almony, he began competing in USA Wrestling freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments, then won bronze in his Gay Games debut in 2006. A gold medalist in the 2008 and 2009 WWB Cups and 2010 Gay Games, Capdeville is the principal coach for Alliance Wrestling.

Club Coach — Calvin Malone
      A highly successful high school and college wrestler, Malone has consecutive gold medals in the past three Gay Games.

Treasurer/Community Relations — Roger Brigham *
      Shortly after joining GGWC in 2003, Brigham became the first wrestler to compete in a USAW tournament on artificial hips. He won gold in the 2006 Gay Games and bronze in the 2010 Games, and a silver in the inaugural WWB Cup in 2008. In 2007 he and Capdeville founded Alliance Wrestling. Currently he is the head wrestling coach at Mission High School.

Captain Emeritus — Johnny Almony *
      Hawaii native Almony wrestled for the first time with GGWC in 1997 and swiftly emerged as a team leader. He captained the squad in the 2002 and 2006 Gay Games and has three Gay Games medals, including a gold in the 2002 Sydney Games.

* — indicates member of WWB Hall of Merit



Since its foundation in 1982, Golden Gate Wrestling Club has become an influencial, active and highly respected organizations in the sports community. Golden Gate has been a California USAW Freestyle chartered club since 1986, a 501c(4) non-profit since 1987, and a San Francisco Parks & Rec sponsored activity since 1991. GGWC became a 501c(3) non-profit in 2010. We established our San Francisco Alliance Wrestling Club program for high school wrestlers in San Francisco in 2007.


Year Established 1982
Number of Members 40 (as high as 80)
Number of Staff 3 USAW Bronze Level Coaches
2 USWOA Pairing Officials
1 USWOA Mat Officials
Affiliations Bay Area Wrestling Association (California)
USA Wrestling (National),
FILA (International)
USWOA (US Wrestling Officials Association)
Wrestlers WithOut Borders (International LGBT)
Team San Francisco (Local LGBT)
Equipment 38'x38'x1.5" Resilite Mat (purchased new in 2001)
  200 sq ft of portable practice mat
1500 sq ft of workout space
Wrestling Styles Olympic Freestyle, Greco-Roman, Grappling

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