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Hastings Modified Wrestlers Take Skills to the Mat

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Young up-and-coming wrestlers from Hastings, New Rochelle and White Plains high school modified wrestling programs met in a tri-match scrimmage at Hastings High School Tuesday to work on the skills they have been learning in practices.

“I’m working mostly on my strength and trying to be quicker,” Hastings wrestler Chris Bailey said before taking the mat. “We do a lot of running and exercises, making sure we are stretching. This is my second year. I’ve learned a lot of moves and techniques. You have to be flexible and have endurance.”

Modified wrestling programs serve to groom young grapplers in the skills, moves and holds they will need to perfect to become successful in the circle. Tuesday’s scrimmage gave the young wrestlers a chance to face at least two opponents from the opposing schools.

“We have a chance to see how well the kids are developing muscle memory, techniques they do over and over in practice,” Hastings coach Richard Kavy said. “They know about single and double leg shots because we’ve drilled the moves time and time again and the matches are where we get to see those skills under pressure.”

Hastings had a much fewer number of wrestlers compared to the larger school White Plains and New Rochelle teams, but the experience of being on the mat was invaluable.

“You have to be focused and you're alone out there, not like in football,” said Baily, who also plays football. “You have to be aggressive just like football, too.”

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