On Friday, January 27, Stevens Institute of Technology and NYU faced off in a dual meet just across the river in Hoboken, NJ. This opportunity allowed 14 NYC kids to witness some great college wrestling and learn more about how to advance their futures towards higher education.
Stevens is ranked 9th in the country, and NYU is ranked 13th. Stevens defeated NYU in the contest at 26-14. The match of the night took place at the 133 lbs weight class, with #1-ranked Troy Stanich (Stevens) taking on #2-ranked Nathan Pike (NYU). In a dramatic fashion, Stanich pinned Pike in the first period, contributing to his team’s victory.
Before the match, the Stevens team conducted a Q-and-A session as well as offered a tour of the campus. Shabab Khan, a senior at Gaynor Campus, said “it was great to see these top-caliber athletes doing what I want to do one day.”
According to Jeff Marsh, an assistant coach at Stevens and BTS National Chapter Coordinator, it was a fun experience that showed kids the inner workings of a university and inspired them, “Not only from an academic standpoint, but athletically, as well. We were able to see the Stevens Athletics facility in full swing. We let the kids see how professional college athletics are and hopefully got them to dream of being in that environment."
Penn Gottfried, BTS coach, said that this was the kind of event that was essential to continue the growth and success of NYC wrestling. “We have to expose the wrestlers to these types of environments, so they know the different kind of options they have on the next level, both academically and athletically. I'd like to thank Head Coach Joe Favia, Jeff Marsh and the Stevens team for showing our young men around and answering their questions about college."”