Meet the Staff

Welcome to Diesel Wrestling Academy – Where Champions Forge Their Path

At Diesel Wrestling Academy, our story isn't just about wrestling; it's about resilience, determination, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Founded by Coach Nicolas Cabrera, a veteran and educator with a passion for molding young athletes into champions both on and off the mat, our academy stands as a beacon of innovation and excellence in the wrestling community.

Our unique approach combines rigorous physical training with mental and emotional development, ensuring our wrestlers are prepared for every challenge. With a curriculum designed around the principles of leverage, efficiency of movement, and strategic control, we empower our athletes to master the art of wrestling, embodying strength, agility, and unyielding perseverance.

Behind every drill, technique, and match is a story of a wrestler overcoming odds, pushing limits, and achieving greatness. Diesel Wrestling Academy is more than just a training facility; it's a family, a community, and a place where legends are born.

Explore Our Programs - Dive into our diverse range of wrestling programs tailored for every age and skill level. From foundational training for beginners to advanced tactics for competitive athletes, discover how you can elevate your wrestling journey with Diesel Wrestling Academy.

Nicolas Cabrera

Head Coach & Owner

At the helm of Diesel Wrestling Academy stands Coach Nicolas Cabrera, a beacon of dedication and expertise in the wrestling community. With a rich tapestry of experiences, Coach Cabrera brings a unique blend of skills to the mat. As a licensed New Jersey teacher and a proud veteran, his approach to coaching transcends the physical aspects of wrestling, embedding academic ethos and a mindset geared towards relentless success.

Certified as a Strength Coach through the prestigious Underground Strength Gym founded by Zach Even-esh, Coach Cabrera ensures that every athlete under his guidance benefits from top-tier strength and conditioning programs. His commitment to excellence is not just limited to physical training; as a mentor, he offers invaluable college and career counseling, preparing his athletes for success beyond the mat.

At Diesel Wrestling Academy, Coach Cabrera’s vision is clear - to forge not just great wrestlers, but well-rounded individuals ready to tackle life’s challenges with the same fervor they bring to the sport. Join us, and experience a program where passion meets precision, and every wrestler is poised for greatness.

Dayana Hoyos

Assistant Female Coach

Dayana Hoyos is a North Brunswick Township High School Graduate where she obtained 6th place at the Female NJ State Championship in 2022 and 1st in GMC 2022. Dayana wrestled for East Stroudsburg University before suffering an injury. Dayana seeks to assist us in growing our female program by guiding young ladies to success through mentorship. She is currently in school to obtain her associates degree at MCC.

Yarinel Peralta

Assistant Boys Coach

During his high school years, Coach Peralta was a formidable competitor on the wrestling mat. Across three seasons, he secured an outstanding record of over 90 wins, reflecting his skill, determination, and deep commitment to the sport. He earned the prestigious honor of being a three-time Region 5 qualifier, a distinction that underscored his status as an exceptional wrestler.

Now, as a coach, Coach Peralta channels his personal achievements into fostering the next generation of wrestling talents. His coaching philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that champions are crafted through rigorous hard work, resilience, and a constant pursuit of excellence. Under his guidance, wrestlers not only hone their technical abilities but also develop the mental toughness and discipline essential for success in and beyond the arena.

With a proven track record and a passion for wrestling that continues to burn intensely, Coach Peralta is committed to making a lasting impact on the wrestling community, shaping each wrestler’s journey toward greatness, one at a time.

David Saley

Drop-in Coach

DJ graduated from Monroe Twp. HS in 2010 as a four - time District 20 Champion wrestler and was named in the Top 12 State (NJ) wrestlers. He then graduated from Belmont Abbey College, where his wrestling career was cut short due to injury. Since then, Dave has officiated State Wrestling matches and runs a free clinic for Monroe Twp. Recreation Center twice a year (spring/Fall). He enjoys listening to Classic Rock, and when asked what his favorite food is, he responded, “Wrestlers don’t eat!”

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