Fifty two girls and boys attended the Clinic run by 2008 Olympian Marcie Van Dusen this past weekend at Wingate High School in Brooklyn, NY. Also present was 2007 U.S. National Champion, Leigh Jaynes, who held a lead-up clinic at Grover Cleveland High School prior to this event. Hailing from the five boroughs of NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire, the majority of the participants were high school girls looking to get a start on the freestyle season and take advantage of college opportunities available through wrestling.
Josh Childs, a Senior at Curtis High School, said, “I liked this event a lot. I think it showed that Women’s Wrestling is tough and shows that these girls have lots of opportunities to get scholarships and have a great future ahead of them. From a boy’s point of view, I think some of these girls work really hard to get where they are now. The move I liked was the head snap thing she showed us to “crush your opponents spirit” when you wrestle them.”
Six colleges recruited at this event, including Lindenwood University, Lock Haven University, Menlo College, Missouri Valley College, Springfield Technical Community College, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In the first year of the Beat the Streets’ Program, Beat the Streets’ own Ruth Leger, a graduate of Wingate High School/High School for Public Service, earned a college scholarship based on Wrestling to Lindenwood University.
Exposure of college opportunities through wrestling was a key achievement for this event. “I had no idea there were these opportunities,” said the parent of Brooklyn Tech freshwoman, Vivian Vu.
Danielle Kelly, a Junior at Lower Moreland High School in Pennsylvania described the weekend saying, “I thought it was great and ran well. It gave me some freestyle mat time and helped me to prepare for States this weekend. It was also nice to meet Marcie Van Dusen. Overall I liked it. It was nicely done.”