COLUMBUS, OHIO – Aiming to make a positive impact with young wrestlers by providing quality coaching and instruction, Lake Erie College head coach Kevin Hoogenboom and six members of the Storm took part in USA Wrestling's "Beat the Streets" Fall Clinic Series in Columbus on Monday night, Oct. 24.
Team members included senior Sam Delpra (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga/Heidelberg) and sophomores Kevin Brunner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake), Andrew Gasber (Madison, Ohio/Madison/Notre Dame), Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville), Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), and Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls).
"Coach Hoogenboom and his wrestlers did a tremendous job with the Beat the Street wrestlers," said Brian Church, organizer of Beat the Streets-Columbus. "Coach Hoogenboom is a very knowledgeable wrestling coach/teacher and did an excellent job explaining and demonstrating the different techniques and drills to maximize the wrestlers learning. They were very organized with a plan that worked perfectly with the age and level of experience they were instructing. It was such a positive evening having the team work individually with the wrestlers."
The Storm representatives worked with approximately 50 Columbus-area boys and girls on how to improve themselves both on and off the mat. The clinic, sponsored by the Columbus Wrestling Club, included a motivation speech from Coach Hoogenboom followed by instruction, demonstration and drills by Storm wrestlers and the clinic participants.
"I thought it was a great night for our guys to get involved with the future of our sport," Hoogenboom said. "We were able to work with young wrestlers from the youth program all the way up through middle school and into the high school age group. Some of the older attendees at the event even got involved and wrestled a bit with our guys, which was nice to see. I really like the 'Beat the Streets' concept and think it is great for the future of wrestling in this country."
Beat the Streets is a movement to promote wrestling through USA Wrestling at the local community level while making positive impacts in the lives of the wrestlers they work with by providing a healthy extracurricular activity. Beat the Streets Columbus is part of the Columbus Wrestling Club, which hosts weekly clinics throughout the fall conducted by nine collegiate coaches and teams from all over the state of Ohio.
"Beat the Streets- Columbus's mission is to grow and promote wrestling in the Columbus Area. We strive to enhance the athletic and overall lives of the wrestlers by providing leadership and direction while facilitating opportunities afforded by the many lessons learned through preparation for and participation in the sport of amateur wrestling," Church said. "The Lake Erie wrestlers and coaches made the evening of wrestling really fun and memorable. Those young men served as great role models for our kids and made it a point to stress the importance of being good students in school and how it can open doors and lead to a successful life. I know our kids can't wait to have them back."
For more information on Beat the Streets Columbus, click here.