Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

This coming September, budding youth wrestlers as young as four years old will have two new youth wrestling opportunities in NYC -- The Manny Cantor Center and Metro Mat Cats.

The Manny Cantor Center, located at 197 East Broadway, will provide sessions on Wednesday and Friday evenings, as well as Sunday mornings from September 11, 2017 to December 15, 2017. This club will be open to kids ages 4-10 and will be coached by Coach Corey Luce.  Coach Luce is a Senior Assistant Coach at New York University (NYU). Of Coach Luce's 18 years of coaching, five years were spent at Hunter College, and he is headed into his thirteenth season at NYU. Luce began wrestling when he was in elementary school in Pennsylvania.  He later wrestled at Lock Haven University before transferring to Wilkes University.

Coach Luce was motivated to start a club because of the lack of options for younger kids in New York City. "All of the programs start in middle school, and I thought it was important to give these kids an opportunity to learn wrestling before they reach middle school. I also feel that five to six years old is a great age to start wrestling."

Luce also feels that wrestling "is the greatest sport for young kids to start out in." Luce cited focus, sportsmanship, discipline, and confidence as a few of the key qualities instilled by wrestling. Luce also brought up a key characteristic that wrestling has-- "kids can compete in all different shapes and sizes. Everyone can do it.

Coach Mike Cigalla will be starting the Metro Mat Cats, which will have its wrestling academy located at Stuyvesant High School (345 Chambers Street). The program, open to kids ages 4-13, will have six-week sessions, with two practices a week. Coach Cigala began wrestling at Thomas Edison High School in Queens; this was due to being given an ultimatum to wrestle or get expelled for getting into too many fights. Coach Cigala has 25 years of diverse coaching experiences, including a gig in Missouri with youth aged 5-12 years old, eight years at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Points, J.H.S 291 in Brooklyn, Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy in the Bronx, and currently Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where Coach Cigala is Director of Wrestling.

According to Coach Cigala, youth clubs are "essential" to making the most of future wrestling potential in NYC.  Coach Cigala believes one would just need to look to Long Island and Upstate New York to see what training from a young age accomplishes. "Unless we train our athletes at a very young age, we cannot compete with Long Island, Upstate and the Midwest," said Coach Cigala. Coach Cigala is hoping that the clubs that he and Coach Luce are starting will be just the beginning, and that others in NYC will do the same.

Coach Cigala believes that introducing wrestling to youth at younger ages will allow NYC kids to enter PSAL programs "with years of experience under their belt." Like Coach Luce, Coach Cigala also believes wrestling will build discipline and self-esteem.

Please pass these flyers along to any future youth wrestlers! We look forward to seeing these youth programs develop future NYC wrestling champs.



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