Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
Sign ups have begun for the Indian Youth Wrestling program. This is the second season for the program, which takes place at Manhasset High School. In the first season 30 wrestlers joined the club. The wrestling program is opened to all third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Manhasset. The season starts November 12 and concludes January 26. The team practices twice a week and attends three competitive tournaments in January. The head coach of the youth program is Stephon Sair, who is also the head varsity wrestling coach at Manhasset High School. Other members of the coaching staff include Erik Ullendahl, varsity assistant, and members of the varsity of wrestling team.
The varsity wrestling team is coming off their first division one conference championship in school history. Sair and Ullendahl are also the coaches of the middle school wrestling team. “Our first season was a success due to the fact that we had close to thirty kids who participated. Our main goal as a coaching staff is to teach kids basic wrestling movements and at the same time have fun.” Sair said about the youth program, “It’s a great sport for young kids to learn because it teaches them how to control their body and it also teaches them to be competitive.”
Long Island has an affinity for wrestling. There are several Youth tournaments every weekend during the season, according to the coaches, and each tournament has roughly 300 wrestlers. “Now you are starting to see a lot of high school wrestlers use wrestling to get into elite colleges.” Said Sair. He estimates that last season, out of the top ten wrestling recruits on Long Island, seven or eight of them attended Ivy League schools.
According to Sair, “I believe the Manhasset community has kids that can be developed into great wrestlers.” Registration forms can be found on the district home page under the athletics drop down.