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John Jay's Myer Giving Back to Wrestling Program

CROSS RIVER, NY -- During the summer entering his senior year at John Jay-Cross River High School, Lucas Myer felt it was time to do off-season wrestling. Myer won the 2010 Section 1 large-school 215-pound title in just his second year of wrestling. Myer wanted to show that his title was not a one-year wonder so he attended the New York State Wrestling Camp at John Jay. It was beneficial to Myer who would repeat as the Section 1 large-school 215-pound champion.

Myer returned to his now alma mater as a counselor as the camp runs through Thursday with five-time New York State champion and four-time NCAA all-America Troy Nickerson as the featured clinician. Former Mahopac great, 1999 state champion and two-time all-America at Cornell, Joe Mazzurco, will be running the Thursday night session.

“Last year I was able to wrestle with a lot of college guys and that gave me a lot more experience,” said Myer, who mentioned former John Jay standout, Greg Scott. “You get to do a lot of wrestling here. Six hours a day on the mat is good time to spend wrestling and the more time you are on the mat the better you’re going to be.”

Myer, who will play football and wrestle at Cortland next year, was working with the guys in the upper weight classes, including his younger brother, Declan.

“Last year I was here learning and now I’m coaching,” said Myer, who spent the first half of his lunch hour wrestling with 2011 New York State large-school 285-pound champion Malcolm Allen of New Rochelle. “I wanted to be here to help out the younger kids on John Jay and get to know them. Coach Swertfager is also a great guy and this is a great camp so I will help him out any way I can.”

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