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RCS’s wrestling stars of tomorrow


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Young athletes hone their skills on the wrestling mat. Gina Pelletier/For Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — RCS has a long and proud history in its wrestling program.

Many of those high school athletes do not get their first taste of the sport when they get to the big mat — they began learning and practicing years before they first stepped foot onto the high school wrestling team.

The Youth Wrestling Program has gotten off to a great start this year, training the district’s wrestlers of tomorrow.

The program trains boys and girls from kindergarten through eighth grade. This year, program participants learn the sport on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the high school’s wrestling room and take part in 10 or more practices for the season.

The 2023 Youth Wrestling Program is run by RCS Coach Justin Schipano.

After each practice, Schipano selects one youth athlete to receive the Hardest Working Wrestler Award. This week’s recipient was Kellan teRiele.

Photojournalist Gina Pelletier contributed to this report and provided all photos.

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