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Ardsley's Gottfried is Wrestling Counselor at Camp

CROSS RIVER, NY -- Penn Gottfried went to the New York State Wrestling Camp in the summer of his junior and senior years and would later reap the rewards.

Gottfried, an Ardsley graduate, would place third in the 2009 New York State small-school championships and followed it by winning the 2010 small-school 119-pound title. Two years removed from his state title, Gottfried returned to the camp Monday, along with his good friends and high school teammates, Derrick Longo and Danny Manley, as counselors.

The camp runs through Thursday and is hosted by John Jay-Cross River High School. Five-time New York State champion and four-time NCAA all-America Troy Nickerson is the featured clinician. Former Mahopac great, 1999 state champion and two-time all-America at Cornell, Joe Mazzurco, will be running the Thursday night session.

“You have two of the best college wrestlers in Troy Nickerson and Joe Mazzurco and John (Degl) is also a great coach,” said Gottfried, Columbia’s starting 125-pounder last year. “It’s also good during the offseason to keep wrestling. It’s good to learn a lot of technique. During the high school season, you work on technique, but you’re focusing on getting yourself in shape and staying in shape. At this camp you are learning a lot more technique.”

Gottfried expanded further on the importance of focusing on technique.

“With all the moves you learn, it’s all about the little things in wrestling that will help you, especially when it comes to taking a guy down,” Gottfried said.

Gottfried was working with the younger kids and enjoying every minute of it.

“I love coaching and teaching kids,” Gottfried said. “I look back at what I learned and how I was taught and I want to give back and teach the kids.”

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