Why Wrestle?

High School practices start 11/16/20. 
Modified practices start 11/30/20.

Thinking about it? Want more info?

 

Talk to any wrestler or Coach Pete Jacobson (peter.jacobson@edgemontwrestling.org

High School practices start 11/16/20. 
Modified practices start 11/30/20.

Thinking about it? Want more info?

 

Talk to any wrestler or 

Coach Pete Jacobson

peter.jacobson@edgemontwrestling.org

Imagine having the confidence to achieve any goal you set and conquer any obstacle in your way - in sports AND in life.

There’s a lot more to wrestling at Edgemont than just wrestling.

Our program is about
building your self-belief. Showing you how to set goals and then follow through on a plan to make those goals a reality.

Our program is about teaching you
 the blueprint to success in any endeavor, that you’ll take with you the rest of your life.

How would it feel to know you have the power to achieve any goal you set for yourself?
 It just might change your life.


Imagine looking in the mirror and feeling jacked - in the best shape of your life. Stronger, faster and tougher than you’ve ever been before.

You will end the wrestling season in the best shape of your life and you’ll be proud to look in the mirror!

We don’t cobble together practices - we craft
 a comprehensive, season-long, customized training plan to maximize your results safely and effectively. We'll teach you performance nutrition and recovery strategies to further optimize your gains.

We help you excel in any other sports you play, as well. We 
build better athletes - healthier, fitter, more active young men and women, better prepared to master the challenges of any other sport. 

Wrestling focuses on every single aspect of fitness and athleticism - so it will make you better at any other sport you play.​

You name it, wrestling builds it: strength, muscular endurance, balance, coordination, agility, flexibility, power, spatial awareness, stamina, speed, accuracy…the skills you need to excel in any other sport you play AND to be fit and healthy for life!


Imagine being part of a family that always has your back and pushes you to be the best you can be.


Our biggest strength is our culture.

Our team is more than just a team. Our team is a family.

We intentionally and proactively build
an accepting and inclusive culture of deep support and caring.

No one accomplishes anything truly great on their own. We build
an environment of success by providing that support structure.

Our wrestlers learn to push each other each day to a very high standard, and, at the same time, to lift each other up with empathy and encouragement.

Our wrestlers become
teammates for life and part of a family that lasts long after they graduate from our program.

Family is a core value of our PantherTough culture.

Imagine being part of something bigger than yourself - a winning tradition of multiple State Champions and dozens of All-State Wrestlers and Section Champions.

We get results.

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 6 years!

We've produced All-State wrestlers every year for the past ten years, dozens and dozens of Section Champions and All-Section Wrestlers, and sent many of our student-athletes on to compete at the collegiate level!

Our success on the mat is impressive, but it's really just the byproduct of the culture we create and our relentless focus on the process of excellence.

Imagine training with coaches who care about you as a person, and are invested in your success - in wrestling and in life.

Our coaches are
outstanding role models, develop strong mentoring relationships with our student-athletes and provide as much individual attention as possible.

We want coaches our kids can look up to and depend upon to help them get where they want to go.

All of our varsity coaches have competed at the NCAA-level, spending years honing their craft and learning the sport of wrestling inside and out.


Even more importantly, though, each of them was selected based on their belief in our PantherTough philosophy of coaching the whole person, not just the athlete, and positively impacting kids’ lives on and off the mat for years to come.

Our coaches are committed to making this vision a reality every single day. We believe we have the best coaching staff in New York State.


Imagine working harder than you’ve ever worked before…and loving it.


There’s never a shortcut to anything worthwhile. The truth is achieving greatness in anything requires you to work hard and to work smart.

Being a part of our program is difficult - we have high expectations. For most of our student-athletes it’s one of the hardest things they’ve ever done. And that’s exactly why they love it so much.

There’s no feeling like the satisfaction you get pushing beyond your perceived limits with a group of friends striving together for the same goals. When seniors graduate from our program they’ll often say it’s the most rewarding thing they’ve ever experienced. It can change your life if you let it.

As hard as it might be,
anyone can do it. If you're ever struggling, we give you the support you need to get through it. We never leave anyone behind.

Where else in high school can you find an opportunity to challenge yourself like this?


Why do parents love our program too?

  • We intentionally build resilience, grit and a growth mindset in our student-athletes - the qualities that correlate most directly to long term success.
  • We teach our student-athletes goal setting, time management and accountability - the skills they need to be dependable and effective.
  • It’s plain to see our coaching staff cares deeply about the well-being and success of our student-athletes both on and off the mat. 
  • We place a specific emphasis on academic success - we want our student-athletes to perform on the mat and in the classroom - by proactively encouraging attendance at teachers’ extra help sessions, ongoing contact with Edgemont’s academic faculty, and working with our student-athletes to manage their coursework. 

We’re proud to say in the past few years Edgemont Wrestlers have gone on to colleges and universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Duke, 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!


I don’t know anything about wrestling! Do I need any experience?

Nope! Every single year we teach brand new wrestlers everything they need to know to be successful in the sport.


Our coaches have a lot of experience getting new wrestlers up to speed as quickly as possible! We want any student interested to be able to take advantage of the opportunities our program has to offer!


Will I have to lose weight?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! There is NO weight loss required in our program. To the contrary, we educate our wrestlers on performance nutrition, healthy choices and optimal performance!


There are 15 weight classes in high school wrestling and we need student-athletes at all of them! We want bigger, stronger, healthier kids and wrestlers!


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.


Any other questions?

Please contact Coach Pete Jacobson at peter.jacobson@edgemontwrestling.org.