Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Tuesday, November 7, BTSNY provided lunch and transportation for 26 student-athletes to visit Nassau Community College (NCC). NCC's wrestling room has produced 180 All Americans, 13 national champions, and over a dozen Division I athletes who left with full scholarships. Notably, NCC recently announced the first and only women's college wrestling team in New York State. 

Coach Paul Schmidt, the NCC Director of Wrestling, has been the Head Wrestling Coach at NCC for the past 30 years. He made sure to provide the kids a "top-notch experience," as described by Jamie Gray, BTSNY Director of Programming. He recruited the help of his coaching staff, athletic director, and student-athletes to show BTSNY what NCC athletics has to offer. The Office of Student Services also helped paint a larger picture of NCC.  

Schmidt organized the day, which included a campus tour, lunch, and clinic in the wrestling room. The clinic was run by Vougar Oroudjov, a World Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist who is currently the Associate Head Coach at NCC. Because the entire NCC staff took part in the clinic, BTSNY wrestlers got a lot of 1-on-1 attention. This provided BTSNY youth the opportunity to meet both the men's and women's coaching staffs. These experiences helped BTSNY youth learn about junior college student-athlete life, eligibility requirements, and potential opportunities that may come their way after being involved with NCC wrestling. 

Tyshawn Scarlett, Assistant Coach at Nassau Community College, was once a part of Coach Schmidt's team. Once his time at NCC was over, he received a full scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to NCC to give back to the community and the sport of wrestling. Given his history in the program, Scarlett is excited to work with student-athletes on the men's and women's teams, and looks forward to making a difference in lives as a coach and mentor. 

Kerri Ann McTiernan, NCC Athletic Director, emphasized the commitment NCC has to its student athletes. "Our commitment to you is 100%," said McTiernan. 

Shehzad Chowdhury, a sophomore at Francis Lewis High school, was really impressed by the visit. “The visit showed me that attending Nassau would really help me take things to a new level both on and off the mat,” said Chowdhury.  

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