2022 PHOF Inductee

Wes Gabrielsen

Competitor

Wes Gabrielsen

CITIZENSHIP: USA

BORN: April 17, 1986 in Salem, Oregon

PLAYS: Left-handed/Right-handed

EDUCATION:

  • Sprague High Schoo, Salem, Oregon
  • BA in History/Secondary Education, Linfield University – McMinnville, Oregon

BACKGROUND:

  • From the age of 6, Wes played many sports with ambidextrous skill, including baseball, tennis, soccer, basketball, and football
  • Former middle school/high school social studies teacher for 13 years
  • 9 years as a varsity HS tennis coach
  • 5 years as an assistant college tennis coach
  • In 2021, he transitioned from high school teacher and coach to being a full-time professional pickleball instructor/player
  • In 2022 he served as Head Pickleball Professional at Illahe Hills Country Club (Salem, Oregon)
  • Current home club – RECS in Clackamas, Oregon
  • Also teaches at various pickleball camps – Tyson McGuffin Signature Camps, Suncoast Pickleball Camps (North Carolina) + his own pickleball clinics/camps in Hawaii and around the state of Oregon

Bio and Background:

Wesley Gabrielsen started his pickleball journey while he was a student in middle school. Having played pickleball during physical education classes while in middle school, high school and college, he took a few years off after he began his professional career as a high school social studies teacher and tennis coach.

Pickleball legend Christine Barksdale helped reignite Gabrielsen’s passion for the game in 2011, and Wesley has been competing in tournaments ever since. In 2013, he stopped competing in tennis tournaments and made the full-time switch to competing in pickleball, which is a decision he is thankful he made!

During his career, he has accumulated success on the courts in singles, doubles and in mixed doubles. Gabrielsen is an eleven-time USAPA National Champion, six-time Canadian National Champion, two-time Tournament of Champions Gold Medalist, and two-time U.S. Open Champion.

In addition to his success on the courts, he takes the most pride in the wonderful friendships he has created and sustained in the world of pickleball over the years. When asked about his experiences in pickleball, he replied, “The friendships and fun times on the courts outweigh the championships I have won. There are so many wonderful people in this sport that I am blessed to have met and call my good friends in this life.”

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • Founding Member of IPTPA
  • Developer of Oregon Cup Pickleball Tournament
  • Early developer of mixed doubles stacking strategies
  • Won over 160 Gold Medals in Open/Pro Competitions since 2011

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • College: Distinguished Thesis Award + National Conference Invitation at Linfield College (History Department)
  • College: Graduated Cum Laude
  • College Tennis: All-NWC Conference Performer + Sportsman of the Year Award (Conference award)
  • HS Tennis Coaching: 5X League/District Champions
  • HS Tennis Coaching: 3X Conference Coach of the Year Award
  • Climbed Mt. Fuji (2008)

COMPETITION AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

USAPA NATIONALS:

2013 USAPA Nationals V

  • Men’s Doubles 19+ Gold (with Aspen Kern)
  • Mixed Doubles 19+ Gold (with Christine Barksdale)
  • Men’s Singles 19+ Gold
  • Open Men’s Singles Silver

2014 USAPA Nationals VI

  • Open Men’s Doubles Gold (with Enrique Ruiz)
  • Mixed Doubles 19+ Gold (with Christine Barksdale)
  • Open Men’s Singles Silver
  • Men’s Doubles 19+ Silver (with Enrique Ruiz)
  • Men’s Singles 19+ Silver

2015 USAPA Nationals VII

  • Men’s Doubles 19+ Gold (with Kyle Yates

2016 USAPA National VIII

  • Open Men’s Doubles Gold (with Kyle Yates)
  • Men’s Doubles 19+ Gold (with Kyle Yates)
  • Mixed Doubles 19+ Gold (with Sarah Ansboury)
  • Open Mixed Doubles Bronze (with Sarah Ansboury)

2017 USAPA National Championships

  • Mixed Doubles 19+ 5.0 Gold (with Sarah Ansboury)
  • Open Men’s Doubles Silver (with Kyle Yates)
  • Men’s Doubles 19+ 5.0 Silver (with Kyle Yates)
  • Open Mixed Doubles Bronze (with Sarah Ansboury)

2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

  • Mixed Doubles 19+ 5.0 Gold (with Simone Jardim)
  • Men’s Doubles 19+ 5.0 Silver (with Morgan Evans)

2021 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

  • Men’s Pro Doubles Bronze (with Erik Lange)

2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

  • Men’s Split Pro Age Bronze (with Dave Weinbach)

 

 

US OPEN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS:

2016 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships

  • Men’s Doubles 19+ Gold (with Kyle Yates)
  • Mixed Doubles 30+ Gold (with Alex Hamner)
  • Men’s Doubles Pro Silver (with Daniel Moore)

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS:

2013 Tournament of Champions

  • Open Mixed Doubles Bronze (with Christine Barksdale)

2016 Tournament of Champions

  • Open Men’s Doubles Masters Gold (with Kyle Yates)
  • Open Mixed Doubles Masters Gold (with Sarah Ansboury)

2017 Tournament of Champions and Brigham City Fall Classic

  • Open Men’s Doubles Pro Bronze (with Matt Wright)
  • Open Mixed Doubles Pro Bronze (with Sarah Ansboury)

2018 Tournament of Champions

  • Open Men’s Doubles Pro Silver (with Dave Weinbach)

CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/WESTERN CANADIAN NATIONALS:

2014 Canadian National Championships

  • Open Men’s Singles Gold
  • Open Mixed Doubles Gold (with Christine Barksdale)

2015 Pickleball Canada National Western Tournament

  • Open Men’s Doubles Gold (with Timothy Nelson)
  • Open Mixed Doubles Gold (with Christine Barksdale)
  • Open Men’s Singles Gold

2016 Canadian National Championships

  • Open Men’s Doubles Gold (with Steve Dawson)
  • Open Mixed Doubles Silver (with Christine Barksdale)