Olympic Wrestler Teaches Students Her Moves in Free Brooklyn Clinic

By Meredith Hoffman on February 29, 2012 12:19pm 

Olympic wrestler Marcie Van Dusen is on the American team.
Olympic wrestler Marcie Van Dusen is on the American team.
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BROOKLYN — She went all the way to the Olympics, and now wrestler Marcie Van Dusen is going to teach public school students on how to go for the gold.

Marcie Van Dusen, who wrestled in the 2008 Olympics, will teach freestyle wrestling, the classical style of Olympic fighting, during an open clinic Saturday at Wingate Educational Campus.

The clinic is open to male and female elementary, middle and high school students. Doors open at 9 am for the two sessions. It's free for those who have registered for a USA wrestling membership card. In the afternoon, the campus will host a college fair with recruiters from schools that have strong wrestling programs.

The event, part of the 2012 Women's Wrestling Technique Tour, is sponsored by National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Arno P. Niemand. Colleges attending the afternoon fair from 2—5 pm include Menlo College in Atherton, California, Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, and Westchester University of Pennsylvania.

After Saturday's events at the campus on 600 Kingston Avenue, girls from elementary school to college can compete in a Sunday wrestling tournament there held by Beat the Streets, a non-profit fostering youth development through wrestling. Registration, which costs $15, must be done by March 3.

Marcie Van Dusen will teach a wrestling clinic to school-aged kids Saturday.
Marcie Van Dusen will teach a wrestling clinic to school-aged kids Saturday.
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NYC Women's Wrestling Clinic

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