On Saturday, December 3, Beat the Streets launched the first installment of the College Clinic Series. Held at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, the clinic was preceded by a dual meet between the Hunter College and New York University wrestling teams. BTS student-athletes watched on as NYU won 46-12.
During the clinic, BTS kids wrestled and interacted with the college-level wrestlers and coaches they were observing earlier. Specifically, NYU’s wrestlers, Nicholas Matthews and Ray Jazikoff, and Hunter’s Assistant Coach, MarcAntoni Macias, led the clinic. Notably, Jazikoff is also BTS Junior League Co-Head Coach at Roosevelt Island’s IS 217.
After the clinic, BTS student-athletes additionally had the academic opportunity to ask questions about the colleges, admissions, and recruiting. Carlos Dolmo and Bruce Haberli, the Head Coaches of Hunter and NYU respectively, led the Q&A, sharing the expertise and wisdom they’ve collected over the years.
Julius Whetstone, a 16-year old wrestler on the Martin Luther King Jr Educational Campus team, said, "I got to watch and learn from studs who gave me insight on simple moves. Even though it was a short clinic, those one or two moves I learned will be the ones that help me become a champion.” Whetstone further stated, “I enjoyed watching the college wrestlers because I want to wrestle in college one day. I learned a lot from them at the clinic and learned about their schools."
The BTS College Clinic Series is off to a promising start. The next installment of the College Clinic Series will feature NYU at Stevens on Friday, January 27, 2017.