CROSS RIVER, NY -- Joe Mastro walked into the gymnasium at John Jay-Cross River High School for the New York State Wrestling Camp and noticed something immediately. Many of the younger campers were wearing Yorktown wrestling shirts. These members of the Yorktown kids wrestling club made Mastro, a junior at Yorktown, happy. I was really excited to see the kids in Yorktown shirts, said Mastro, who is a junior counselor at the camp this week. Hopefully, these boys will be able to continue building up the program, which is on the rise. I hope they get something out of this. Five-time New York State champion and four-time NCAA all-America Troy Nickerson is the camp's featured clinician. Former Mahopac great, 1999 state champion and two-time all-America at Cornell, Joe Mazzurco, will be running a session Thursday night. Mastro is a graduate of the Yorktown kids wrestling program and a Section 1 large-school place finisher. He also attended the camp before becoming a junior counselor. I remember Coach Degl telling me about the camp and how it was a great camp, said Mastro of John Degl, owner and coach of the Iowa Style Wrestling School. What makes this a great camp is that you have Troy Nickerson, a four-time all-American, and Joe Mazzurco, a two-time all-American, who are both great technicians. Mastro, who attended the camp as an eighth-grader, said the week was beneficial because it helped him hone his main move and improve on another. I became a lot better at leg riding, which I was never able to do, Mastro said. Mastro enjoyed his first day working with the younger wrestlers. Its a little more relaxing, but its also a little different because youre coaching the kids, Mastro said. I have a better understanding of technique which will help me teach the kids.
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