Four ways to develop a successful youth wrestling program
MatBoss recently caught up with David Hicks, the son of NCAA runner-up and Naval Academy wrestling coach Wayne Hicks. As a youth wrestler, Hicks had the luxury of learning wrestling from his father, as well as NCAA champion Kelly Ward and other coaches with collegiate wrestling experience. His youth program, Navy Juniors, produced NCAA three-time All- American Mack Lewnes of Cornell, national prep champion Ryan Davis, who competed at Oklahoma State and Nebraska, and an assortment of other NCAA Division I, II and III college wrestlers. Hicks was a state runner-up at Old Mill High School in Maryland. He then went on to wrestle at Chattanooga with Terry Brands. Hicks has coached high school and junior levels for the past twenty years. He has coached multiple Maryland state champions and national prep placewinners. Here are four of Hicks’ strategies for developing younger wrestlers.
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