On August 16, 2002, Gary Brownell
("Gimp"), the developer of Gimp's Wrestling Software and The Wrestling
Ranker software, joined forces with Ray Bennett, creator of Wrestlevania
Open Tournament software to create Escape Sports Automation Solutions,
Gimp's Software has been used to manage the pairing and results at such
prestigious events as the NCAA Wrestling Championships, the 1996
Atlanta Olympics, the National High School Duals and myriad state,
regional and club tournaments.
The Wrestlevania Open Tournament software has a primary focus of making
a one-day tournament easy to manage, and is best known for its intuitive
We came together to form Escape Sports because we share a vision
of making positive contributions to the wrestling community through
technology innovation. For years we've been building software solutions
which make it easier for organizers to put on a quality wrestling
event and to give coaches and volunteers more freedom to enjoy the
Yes, timing is everything. We believe that a number of advanced
technologies have been commoditized, making affordable innovation
through new hardware and software technologies achievable.
Ray have targeted new products that combine the features of their
software packages into a new cross-platform application based on current
Not in a Vacuum
Technology is "cool". Technology without a use is, well, useless.
The solutions we develop for the wrestling community are based on
years of experience in and around wrestling events. We continue
our active support of local, state and national organizations and
develop products based on what good wrestling people say they need
- not on our desire to play with "cool" technology.
Gary Brownell (a.k.a. "Gimp")
...co-founder and Applications Specialist, has been involved in
amateur wrestling at the national level since 1973. He is known
to the national and international wrestling communities as the lead
member of the "Computer Corps" at such prestigious events as the
1996 Summer Olympics, NCAA Championships, National Prep Championships,
and various state and regional tournaments. He has worked as a freelance
programmer and database expert for a number of years, and actively
volunteers at Lehigh University and USA Wrestling functions.
a degree in Engineering Mechanics and Statistics from Lehigh University.
...co-founder and CEO, has been involved with amateur wrestling
since the early 1980's. He has been a part of the Pennsylvania Junior
Wrestling state organization since 1996 and has been an active part
of the wrestling community nearly all his life.
Prior to founding Escape Sports, Ray worked in technology-driven
companies for the past 22 years and has held executive-level leadership
positions in small ($17M in sales), medium ($150M in sales) and
large ($22B in sales) corporations. Ray's executive experience includes
work with and for established multi-national corporations, manufacturing
and services startups.
Ray is a
graduate of Penn State with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and
The first mission
of Escape Sports is to become the world's premier provider of products,
solutions and services for amateur wrestling events large and small,
across the popular styles known as Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman.
Escape Sports is dedicated to building long-term relationships with
customers through quality products and customer support, and strives
to be recognized as the leader in sporting event automation.