Wantagh Warriors Wrestling

Wantagh, New York

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    The Wantagh youth wrestlers were well represented as the Clem brothers Anthony and Joseph continued their march toward the next level as they both wrestled two weeks in a row. On Saturday, November 18, 2017 the boys wrestled at Cornell University for VHW under the coaching of Vougar and both had great results. Way to go..


    • 1968 Nassau County Champions
      • 2008 Nassau County Champions 2nd NYS

        2009 Nassau County Champions, Class B Dual Meet Champions, 1st NYS

        2010 2nd in Nassau County, Class B Dual Meet Champions, 3rd NYS

        2011 Nassau County Champions, 2nd place Dual Meet Playoffs

        2012 Nassau County Champions, 1st place Dual Meet Playoffs, 1st in NYS
        won the U/E Duals

        2013 Nassau County Champions, 1st place Dual Meet Playoffs, 1st in NYS
        1st at the Eastern States, 1st at the U/E Duals, Coach Gillespie was the National Coach of the year

        2014 Nassau County Champions, 1st place Dual Meet Playoffs

        2015 Nassau County Champions, 3rd place Dual Meet playoffs

        2016 3rd in Nassau County, 3rd place Dual Meet Playoffs

        2017 Nassau County Champions, 2nd in Dual Meet Playoffs, 5th in NYS
        4th at Eastern States


        The Season has started. We are looking for nothing less that a championship. Wrestle hard. Represent yourselves. your school, family and coaches with respect.


    Wantagh Wrestling Alumni Nick Coppola makes his NCAA wrestling debut this weekend at the Ithaca Invitational....if his wrestling is half as good as his fashion sense the results should be outstanding.....keep making the Warrior Nation proud!!!


    We had the opportunity to complete a rapid fire interview with Steve Fraser. For those who don’t know about this superstar, Steve Fraser was a 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in Greco Roman at 198 pounds. He was a lion of pure muscle and athletism. In high school, he was a State Champion and was an All American at the University of Michigan. Steve was our first medal winner in Greco Roman for the United States of America. Steve Fraser has been a National Coach since 1995 and is the Chief of Donor & Alumni Relations. Steve Fraser currently writes for Win Magazine and is the Director for USCAMPS.NET which is a wrestling camp and clinic for youth wrestlers across the United States. Steve Fraser has been a role model for myself and my three son’s through-out High School and college. What a great role model for all of our wrestlers in this country. ( Please note that some of the answers were provided by Mr. Fraser and others were addressed in his book )


    1. When did you start wrestling and how were you introduced into the sport?
    2. What weight did you start out at? Did you ever hold your weight ? What are your views on weight cutting?
    3. Did you wrestle all year round?
    4. Did you play other sports? Did you weight train?
    5. How did you choose Michigan / Thoughts on your coaches?
    6. How did you get involved in Freestyle and Greco? Did you train all year long in those styles while in High School and College?
    7. Why do you think it is important to wrestle folk style, Greco and Freestyle?
    8. What advice can you give to a good wrestler in his junior and senior years making the transition toward Division 1 wrestling with training and being ready for the next level?
    9. How do you feel about the rules re-guarding being on the clock? Wouldn’t you rather see a champion crowned thru wrestling until the end? What are your views on the match between Kyle Dake and Jordan Burroughs?
    10. How do you feel about the weight classes being cut and reduced in the Olympics ? Do you feel like wrestling should not be on the bubble when other sports have been introduced such as rugby, softball, rifle shooting, three on three basketball, etc ? There are more swimming events being added every year and wrestling seems to be cut. Do you think more pressure should be applied to make sure the oldest sport at the Olympics is relevant and not cut?
    11. What are your feelings on title 9 and how it effect’s wrestling? Do you think the major colleges can support wrestling and make money or is it just a title nine issue based on numbers ? I am wondering how Syracuse, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and other major University’s can get away with not supporting wrestling and adding other sports that are not going to make a lot of revenue.
    12. Can you explain how Title 9 should be administrated?
    13. Do you think wrestling should be changed to a Freestyle / Greco format in High School and College to compete with other Countries?
    14. What changes should be made to improve our sport? Somehow we need to get better exposure (TV, etc). We need to become self -sufficient in regards to generating revenue.
    15. What are your feelings on Funk wrestling and the new rules with back exposure? No feelings.
    16. What are the most important things that the USA can do to compete on the World Stage in Greco? How can we get our best athletes to wrestle Freestyle and Greco? I see a decline once the HS season ends as well as in College.

    I started wrestling in 8th grade. I was asked to wrestle on the Junior High School team by Frank Stagg who was a gym teacher at our school. I was just an average wrestler and the best in my weight class. Mr. Stagg was a great teacher and motivator. I loved to sweat and workout. I picked up that wrestling involved your legs, body, arms and hands. While other sports had equipment wrestling was the oldest sport known to man and it tough toughness which would stay with you for the rest of your life. Mr. Stagg was the first influence in my life that represented discipline, morality and success. Coming from a broken home and searching for something to fill this void, I found wrestling. Mr. Stagg was against smoking, drinking and drug use.

    I cut weight in 10 grade and never did it again. I Hated it. I was totally against weight cutting! Athletes should focus on learning not to cut weight. This is our biggest problem in our sport. In High school, I had a pretty good freshman year going 145 pounds. I finished 16-1 and was also playing football. I lifted and had a growth spurt which caused me to go from 145 pounds to 165. I was planning on wrestling at 155 pounds but another wrestler moved up from 145 pounds and beat me. I had to wrestle at 145 pounds. I spent the year thinking about food and gorged myself after a meet. The next day it was back to starving. Practices became torture. I had an average year. Losing weight taught me several important things. A hungry, dehydrated wrestler is not going to do any better at a lower weight than his normal weight. Losing weight makes you lose strength as well as your positive attitude. Losing weight has a negative impact of learning and education. However losing weight for someone who is overweight if done right with proteins and nutrients is a good thing.

    Yes, I wrestled all year long but also played football as well.

    I played football and lifted weights.

    I was recruited by the University of Michigan. There were great coaches there.

    I got my start in Freestyle and Greco by Masaaki Hatta (world silver medalist). He was one of my coaches and he took me to my first freestyle and Greco tournaments. I trained in all three styles all year long.

    Most important, I love wrestling. Freestyle and Greco helped me improve in Folkstyle.

    Wrestle all three styles and train throughout summer.

    I think the rules in freestyle are pretty good at the moment. I loved watching the Dake and Burroughs matches. Two great champions!

    It was one of the best and most competitive events I have witnessed in years! From the intense match-ups and exciting bouts to the boisterous crowd and fantastic venue…the environment was magnificent! It was a full day of spectacular wrestling matches that saw our country’s “best” battling it out for the glory and prestige of making the 2017 World Championship Team. At the trials there were many highly anticipated match-ups, but the two that stand out the most in my mind are the match-ups of Jordan Burroughs v. Kyle Dake at 74kg and J’Den Cox v. David Taylor at 84kg. Both of these match-ups went 2 out of 3 bouts to determine the World Team member and each bout left the fans begging for more. The bouts were intense and all four of these great champions battled like there was no tomorrow.

    Burroughs and Cox both proved that they are tremendous warriors that love the battle. They love the competition. They love being in the most tough and difficult matches and they seem to thrive on the pressure. A popular proverb states “iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” that couldn’t ring more true. These two champions were tested and pushed to their limits by their respective challengers. I have written many times about the importance of loving the battle. I truly believe that enjoying (loving) the actual fight allows one to completely immerse themselves into the match. It allows for us to be “hook, line and sinker” into the competition. Loving and enjoying the actual act of wrestling is what I call being in your “ideal competitive state . This is the state of being that allows for us to perform at our greatest potential. It is the state of being where an athlete feels most energized, most confident and at their strongest. It is when we are generating positive emotions that help us be most alert, instinctive, responsive and creative. It is when we have that positive fighting attitude and spirit that allows for us to really enjoy the battle. Loving the battle takes practice, just like learning a technique takes practice. Learning to love the battle will improve your mental toughness too. Being mentally tough includes being physically and emotionally tough as well. The mental, physical and emotional aspects of ones wrestling skill-set are all intertwined. They all require attention and practice.

    I don’t feel good about less Olympic weight classes. Yes, I would like to see wrestling expanded.

    I do not like what title nine has – unintentionally – done to wrestling. Football programs (and their numbers) really screw up the counts.

    No I can’t.

    I would LOVE it!

    Better promotion of our wrestling heroes. For Greco, we need more financial support, and more promotion, and more programs throughout our country. Lots of things need to be done here. Greco is still, after many past years of great success (world team champs in 2007), still a red-headed stepchild in our country.

    Greco is the ultimate hand to hand combat sport. The rich history of exciting and thrilling competitive battles among the thousands of fierce Greco-Roman warriors speaks for itself.

    And with the new rules being implemented, Greco will be extremely exciting; showcasing spectacular throws and maneuvers like it was in the 1970's and 1980's.

    When we compare Greco to the other Olympic core sports we rank among the top in most all categories. Greco has about 180 countries that wrestle worldwide. Greco Olympic ticket sales sell out almost every Olympic Games. Greco Olympic television ratings are high. Greco is one of the most diverse sports when it comes to medals won by various countries.

    There is a reason Greco-Roman wrestling has been in the Olympic Games from its beginnings back in 1896. It is because it is one of the purest, most physical competitive contests, primitive and basic as a sport can be, between two persons, with no weapons or teammates to assist. With the goal of defeating one’s opponent by using mind, muscle, endurance and strategy - period!


    By Steve Fraser

    October 4, 2017

    I loved listening to Kyle Snyder's post Paris World Championship gold medal match interview. His comments and answers to the questions, immediately after his victory, were powerful and very insightful. Especially the responses about how Kyle dealt with the pre match mindset and his effort.

    As you probably know, his match was the last match of the world championships and the world team title was on the line. Whomever was victorious would not only become world champion but would win the team title for their country. USA or Russia. The last world team title for the USA was 22 years prior. So no need to say, this was big!

    The atmosphere was electric! The crowd in the Accor Hotel Arena was ecstatic. It seemed to me like an equal split of USA vs. Russian fans were in the seats. And everyone there in attendance was poised and excited to see how the story would unfold… history was in the making!

    The match was everything that anyone could have ever hoped for. Extremely competitive. Back and forth in the scoring. Intense! Close! Spectacular! The entire arena was on their feet! Talk about getting your monies worth... wow!

    In the Kyle interview, right after the match, here are a few of the questions presented to him by the many reporters:

    Reporter: What's going through your mind right now?

    "I happy, man! I would have been happy with that performance even if I lost, because I wrestled really hard," said Kyle. He went on to say, "I'm really happy with my effort!"

    Kyle was focused on his effort, which he could control. Focusing on the things that you can control takes the anxiety out of the equation. Think about it. Kyle said that, even if he lost he would have been happy with his performance. Why? Because of his effort! That says a lot!

    Reporter: Were you hyped before the match?

    "Yes. I was really hyped! I couldn't wait for this. This was the match I was the least nervous for. I was so excited for this. I was so thankful for the challenge and opportunity."

    This is a guy who is hungry to compete. Hungry to perform in front of thousands of people. Hungry and not afraid to put himself out there. Put everything on the line. He was excited and ready to enjoy the moment, and enjoy the battle!

    Think about it. The world championship team title was all up to him. It rested upon this young man's wide shoulders. Twenty-two years of no team gold for team USA. Not since 1995, the year Kyle was born.

    Reporter: What were you most proud of?

    "I was most proud of my effort. And my emotional control. Mentally being able to stay in the match no matter what happens."

    You can't always control your wins and losses, but you can totally control your effort. This mental state, which I call ones "Ideal Competitive State," is the state of being that allows for us to maximize our potential to win. It doesn't guarantee the win, but maximizes the chance that you will win.

    Enjoying the battle is something I am always promoting and teaching. This mindset is the mindset of most world and Olympic champions that I have watched or studied over the many years.

    Kyle also commented on how he hopes that his Russian opponent, Abdulrashid Sadulaev, and he will have many more fierce match-ups for many years to come.

    "He was a great opponent and hopefully we will compete for many years to come. That match was fun for everybody."

    Now THAT’S what you call enjoying the battle!

    In my assessment Kyle Snyder has the perfect mindset and mental approach for competing at the highest level. His hunger for competing with the toughest wrestlers on the planet and his focus on his performance and effort is what allows for him to compete at his peak ability. He's not focused on wins or losses, he’s focused on his effort alone.

    "I love wrestling! The outcome isn't for me to think about. It's for God to plan," said Kyle.

    You can find the interview at https://www.facebook.com/usawrestling/videos/vb.112918477404/10154875236092405/?type=2&theater. I encourage you to check it out.

    As always, "expect to win!"

    ~Steve Fraser

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