Coaches Corner

Where Dedication, Leadership and Experience Build Champions.

Folkstyle Wrestling Information for Parents and Fans

The Length of a Match Wrestling matches consist of three consecutive time periods of 1, 1.5, or 2 minutes in length depending on the particular competition. Younger wrestler’s matches tend to have 1 or 1.5 minute periods while older wrestlers will have 2 minute...

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USA Wrestling Video

The Video to watch! Every parent, coach and potential wrestler should watch this YouTube video. This video describes wrestling and what USA Wrestling is doing for the  kids in America! Watch it! USA...

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Famous Quotes!

"Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy"---Dan Gable "Hard work beats talent, when talent refuses to work hard" ---Unknown "The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall." Vince Lombardi "If you are not making...

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Coaching Tidbits

Coaching Tidbits Now that you have become a wrestler, here are a few good points to remember: 1 Respect your coaches, your teammates and yourself. 2) Be a good wrestling partner. If you are working hard, so is your partner. 3) Get to all the practices. And while there...

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General Wrestling Strategies

WRESTLING TIPS AND STRATEGIES: GENERAL MATCH STRATEGY  1. Don't be afraid to lose, have an offensive philosophy going in, and constantly use a proper attack.  2. Make your opponent wrestle your style. Force the match and keep him off balance by attacking first and...

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Ten Steps to Greatness

Here's some more tips from USA Wrestling. Ten Steps to Greatness: 1) Make the commitment. 2) Set your goals. 3) Plan out your year. 4) Get on the mat. Practice relentlessly. 5) No Time to Waste- Go all out. Go 100% all the time. 6) Keep building yourself. 7)Seek out...

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Pre-match preparation

PRE-MATCH STRATEGY  1. Get yourself in perfect physical condition. Work hard to build up your body, eating right, and get the proper rest. Even though major away competitions are fun, get to bed early the night before a match.  2. Pay attention to what the coach says...

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Takedown Strategy

TAKEDOWN STRATEGY  1. Never force or muscle holds which aren't open - it tires you and usually isn't productive.  2. Relax when you are out of range. Being tense takes valuable energy.  3. Keep a proper body position (stance) when you are in range, especially when you...

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Our Coaching Staff

The dedicated and experienced coaching staff consists of numerous seasoned coaches and successful ex-wrestlers and other athletes. Most coaches in the club either have sons currently in the program or have had sons advance through the program onto higher endeavors. The coaches not only strive to hone the skills of wrestling in a fun, safe environment but also build lifetime skills of confidence, character, and courage. As one coach stated, ” I not only love developing youth into becoming better wrestlers but most importantly better people.” All of our coaches are certified USA wrestling coaches and some are copper, bronze or silver certified.

Jaime Camacho

Club President

Jaime has been involved in wrestling his whole life, going from an accomplished wrestler to coaching his own 3 sons. Jaime was a 4 year varsity wrestler and captain at Rippowam High School and was selected to the All-County (3x) and All-State Teams. All 3 of Jaime’s sons advanced through this program and became successful wrestlers themselves, each wrestling 4 years on varsity and each being team captains with over 100 wins apiece. Jaime has previously been an assistant coach at Rippowam High School and Stamford High School and was the director of the Stamford Youth Foundation middle school wrestling program for a number of years. Jaime has over 20 years of coaching experience in the Stamford youth wrestling programs and many of those wrestlers have gone on to be various champions. Jaime is currently the president of SJWC and head wrestling coach at Stamford High School.

Dean Lucente

Club Secretary & Coach

Dean has been involved in wrestling since his youth where he was an accomplished wrestler at Pope John Paul II HS in Florida as well as the Team Captain his Senior year at Wilton HS in CT. He continued wrestling in college at the DIV III level, at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a true passion for the sport. Dean is currently the Director of the Elementary program and has two sons in the program.

Stefon Camacho

Coach

Coach Stefon began his successful wrestling career in the SYWC program as a kindergartner and continued to wrestle in this program through the 8th grade. He then went on to Stamford High School where he was a 4 year varsity starter, compiling over 100 victories. Stefon was a captain his senior year and was a 2X FCIAC finalist and a CT LL State Finalist and a State Open Finalist. Stefon is currently the assistant wrestling coach at Stamford High School.

Gene Edwards

Club Treasurer & Coach

Although not a wrestler by training, Gene has been involved in various sports as a coach and a player throughout his whole life. Gene played varsity baseball and football at Danbury HS and was selected to the All County and All State Teams for football. He then went to Cornell University where he was a 3yr.starter for the Varsity Football Team and was selected for the All Ivy League Team his senior year. If not on the mats, Gene can also be found on the baseball diamond where he has been a head coach for several years in Stamford Little League. Gene has three sons in the program.

Alex Camacho

Coach

In true “Camacho” fashion, Alex began his prominent wrestling career in kindergarten in the SYWC program and continued through the 8th grade. Alex then went on to be a 4 year Varsity Starter at Stamford HS where he had over 100 victories and was a Captain his Senior year. Alex was a 2X FCIAC finalist and a CT LL State finalist.

Bryan Spielvogel

Coach

Bryan wrestled at Commack South High School in Long island, NY. He was 4x All League, 2x All County, and NY Empire State Games Freestyle Champion. He was also a Junior National team member and went on to compete as a Division 1 college wrestler.

Darren Ross

Coach

Darren Ross was a two-time All-Sectional wrestler in Long Island’s difficult Section 8. Though his college wrestling days at Penn were brief due to injury, that experience provided exposure to world class coaching and insights into the approach of All-American level wrestlers. Darren has been coaching wrestling at various clubs in the area for over ten years. Additionally, he has coached his two kids in baseball and softball. His son is a graduate of the Stamford Junior Wrestling program.