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COACH Craig Vitagliano

Craig is a 3x Nassau County Champion, New York State Champion, University National Freestyle Champion, and a 4x Empire State Games Gold Medalist. He was a 4 year starter at Harvard University.

Craig has coached and worked with wrestlers at all levels including NCAA Champions, State Champions, and World Medalists. His ability to quickly hone in on a wrestler's strengths & weaknesses and break down moves to the smallest detail is what separates him from many other coaches.

In addition to his work with Ascend, Vitagliano – USA Wrestling’s Developmental Coach of the Year for the Northeast Region – serves an assistant coach at Port Washington High School and also one of the coaches of the New York State Cadet & Junior Freestyle Team.

Craig is also an avid student of the sport and is known world over for his in-depth knowledge of International competition, from the 1980s to present.

ASSISTANT COACH ROBERT PERSON

Rob is one of the original Ascend members and is a 2x Nassau County Champion, 3x Nassau County Finalist, 4x Nassau County Place Winner, & State Place Winner for Bellmore JFK High School.

Rob wrestled D1 at Binghamton University for 2 years and will be helping to coach at Ascend before he goes on to Law School next Fall.

YOUTH COACH jAMIE dUNN

Jamie was a 2x All-County wrestler & a 4x County Qualifier for Mepham High School and has the 3rd most wins in Mepham history with 117. Jamie also serves as an assistant coach at Grand Avenue Middle School.

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Recent article about Coach Craig & Ascend in New York Wrestling News!!

Coach Craig Interview

 
     
 

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