The basketball court at Recreation Park in Binghamton was covered with a mat Friday as primary school kids learned some basics of the ancient sport of wrestling.
The Binghamton Parks Department arranged a free wrestling clinic featuring the coaches of the Binghamton University and Binghamton High School teams.
The kids learned tumbling exercises that help build strength, balance and coordination.
Then they were shown proper stances, penetration moves and basic takedowns.
Binghamton High School Varsity Coach Taylor Weigand says it’s important to expose kids early or they can get discouraged when taking on more experienced foes.
“Having to deal with that really early on is tough for kids. So, retention is always hard. I think that early exposure is really good to get kids familiar with what it is, what it’s about and keep them in the room longer which will turn into success later on down the line,” said Weigand.
BU Coach Kyle Borshoff said, “Wrestling is for all ages. And our sport is unique because it’s weight classes. So, you don’t need to be 6 foot 4 and 250 pounds to do it. If you are, we have a weight class for you. But, if you’re 100 pounds and 5 foot 2, we have a weight class for you too. So, wrestling is a sport that really can be encompassing of all people.”
Some kids from the Parks Department Summer Fun program participated but the free event was open to all kids in our area.
There will be another free clinic on Friday, July 27, at Rec Park, weather permitting.