Article By Danbury News Times
Local wrestlers get a few tips from a national champion
Richard Gregory – Friday, December 20, 2013
DANBURY –– To be the best, it often helps to learn from the best. And that's exactly what the youngsters in the Beast Training Wrestling Club were doing last Friday night.
Steve Bozak, a national champion and three–time All–American at Cornell, stopped by the youth wrestling team's practice at the Danbury Sports Dome to offer some words of advice to a group of about 30 future stars.
"I always enjoy coming back and teaching the kids how to wrestle, different techniques," Bozak said prior to putting on his clinic for the elementary–school and middle–school wrestlers. "I feel like I was exposed to a lot of things at a young age and I just love coming here and making it fun for the kids and teaching them a few things."
Bozak had simple –– yet important –– advice for the coaches of any youth sports team:
"Make sure you keep it fun," Bozak said. "Obviously, you want to prioritize and set goals, but if they're not having fun doing it, you have to find a way to make it fun."
In fact, one of the biggest reasons Bozak stayed involved in wrestling as a youngster and was so successful at it as he got older was because he enjoyed it.
"For most of the time, it was fun," said Bozak, who started wrestling when he was 6. "Sprints at the end of practice are never the most fun things, and I never particularly loved those, but the majority of my wrestling career, I loved it and I wouldn't replace it with anything."
Bozak certainly must've enjoyed winning the 2012 national title in the 184–pound weight class. Bozak finished his career at Cornell with a 130–30 record and is seventh in school history in career wins.
The Beast Training Wrestling Club is in its first year of operation under head coach Fred Mills' watchful eye. Mills, a longtime coach with Danbury Youth Wrestling, started the Beast Training club earlier this year to more experienced, elite–level youth wrestlers. Check out the club's website at BeastTrainingWrestlingClub.com.