Faith Christian Academy, a nonprofit in East Rockhill Township near Sellersville, said it recently bought 1912 Bethlehem Pike in West Rockhill Township, a building about one mile from the school.
The 4,800-square-foot facility, once occupied by the family owned Suelke’s Roadstand for many years, is now The Den, a wrestling club for the community and a weight-training room for Faith Christian student athletes. The school bought the property for slightly more than $500,000 from Dennis Suelke, according to county assessment records.
“The wrestling community is a very small community and very passionate,” said Ryan Clymer, headmaster of Faith Christian Academy. “There’s going to be a weight room that our athletes can use. Our teams have been very successful.”
Faith Christian has been growing its varsity wrestling program in recent years and is teaming with The Lion’s Den Wrestling Club to offer a youth program open to the public. Led by Coach Ben Clymer, Faith Christian athletic director and head wrestling coach, and Ryan’s nephew, the Lion’s Den Wrestling Club will allow young wrestlers in grades kindergarten through sixth grade to learn the sport and advance their skills. Ben Clymer is a former state champion wrestler at Northwestern Lehigh High School in New Tripoli.
Ryan Clymer said he wanted his school to compete with athletes from larger schools, and the academy’s school board jumped at the opportunity to create this space.
“We have other college wrestlers helping Ben out,” Clymer said. “We are hoping that next year we will have a youth program that’s second to none. When you have a facility and you have coaching, that’s a recipe for success.”
The club will be open to the public and rented to other organizations after hours for a fee, he said.
Many volunteers and alumni helped transform the space into the club and weight room, he added.
Location was the first thing that drew the school to consider buying the property, he added. The site is south of Quakertown and in the Pennridge School District.
The Lion’s Den Wrestling Club will host an open house for the public on Sunday, Jan. 28, from 1-3 p.m. to tour the facility, meet coaches and sign up for programs.