Why Modified Wrestling?

Season starts after Thanksgiving!
Registration opens in late October.

“Building Champions on the mat and in life.”

That’s our program’s mantra at all levels and it ties back to everything we do. At the most fundamental level, our wrestling program is about
developing character, leadership and confidence, as much as it’s about athleticism, strength and agility.

Our Coaches

Coaches George DiChiara and Jedd Chesterson work tremendously hard to give each of our student-athletes an experience that mirrors these values. Coach DiChiara has coached wrestling at Edgemont since 1988 – including 25 years as the varsity head coach. He teaches math at Edgemont High School. 

Coach Chesterson has coached the modified wrestling team for twelve years as well as a Spanish teacher at Edgemont. Together, they have a ton of experience teaching 7th and 8th grade student-athletes the basics to make them successful!

Why is Modified Wrestling at Edgemont such a great experience?

  • Level Playing Field – wrestlers are paired with others of the same weight and experience level in competitions so it’s the fairest sport out there!
  • NO weight loss – weight loss has NO PLACE in Modified wrestling. Our program is about having fun and developing outstanding student-athletes. Wrestlers are weighed once at the beginning of the season and that’s it!
  • No cuts – we feel strongly that the experience we offer benefits all student-athletes so we go out of our way to make sure that everyone who wants to be part of this program can be!
  • Everyone competes – no starters, no benchwarmers, no concerns about playing time!
  • Emphasis on team building and fun!
  • No experience necessary – every year we take student-athletes who know nothing about wrestling and teach them everything they need to know!
  • Cross-Training for other sports – Wrestling provides a unique blend of flexibility, agility, coordination, strength, endurance and general athletic development that pays big dividends in any other sport. While other sports focus on developing “players” of that sport, we focus on developing great athletes.
  • By creating an atmosphere of challenge in an environment of support, we teach kids it’s ok to fail if they keep getting back up. We help them develop a growth mindset, grit and resilience – traits critically important to success in any part of their life.

There’s a reason that wrestling is one of the most successful athletic program at Edgemont and our values and philosophy are the core drivers.

We're uniquely positioned to build all these qualities in our young athletes - qualities that transcend sports and have carried our Edgemont Wrestlers on to colleges and universities in the past few years such as Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Penn, Duke, University of Virginia, NYU, University of Chicago and many others.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can girls participate?

100% absolutely yes! Building better athletes and better people is an opportunity we proudly offer to all Edgemont students - boys and girls!

We're proud to have had many young ladies participate in our program through the years and have two amazing young ladies on our high school team right now.

At the high school level, girls' wrestling is actually one of the fastest growing sports in the country with over 22,000 participants last year. 

Women’s wrestling is an Olympic sport, as well, and more and more colleges and universities are adding women’s wrestling teams ever year.

We highly encourage girls to join our program and build the kind of confidence, resilience and drive that will benefit them for life!

Is wrestling violent? Will I get hurt? 

Wrestling is not a sport of violence. It's a sport of control. There are no high speed collisions like some other sports, and there's no hitting, punching or kicking.

In fact, national statistics from the high school level show wrestling has far fewer injuries than many other popular sports.

Wrestling is about using the skills you learn to control your opponent on your feet or on the mat. 

At the higher levels there’s a tremendous amount of technique and strategy - almost like a physical game of chess.

What kind of wrestling tradition is there at Edgemont? 

We’re proud to say wrestling is consistently one of Edgemont’s most successful athletic programs! Last year, at the High School level, Edgemont had 10 Sectional place-finishers and a New York State Champion - our third in the last six years!

We've produced All-State wrestlers every year for the past ten years and sent many of our student-athletes on to compete at the collegiate level! Many of these great wrestlers and great kids got their start right here with Edgemont Modified Wrestling!

Any other questions?

If you’d like to learn more about our program and how we help develop our student-athletes into
“Champions on the mat and in life,” please check out our Facebook page!

If you have any questions please email Varsity Head Coach Pete Jacobson at 
peter.jacobson@edgemontwrestling.org or Coach Jedd Chesterson at jchesterson@edgemont.org.