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Scarsdale's Hopkins Follows Coach's Suggestion

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Colin Hopkins received a call last week from Edgemont assistant coach Peter Jacobsen with a suggestion. Jacobsen mentioned the wrestling clinic at the Iowa Style Wrestling School in Somers, featuring Binghamton University wrestling Coach Pat Popolizio. Hopkins did not hesitate on his decision.

“I figured it would be great,” said Hopkins, a sophomore-to-be at Edgemont High School and varsity wrestler.

Hopkins and many other Section 1 wrestlers endured the sultry conditions beginning Monday. The camp, which went from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, concluded Thursday.

“All I knew is that the Binghamton coach was running the camp and he was bringing some of his wrestlers,” said Hopkins, who has been going to Iowa Style for a couple of years. “I think it has been great because you get to see the college guys wrestle and you the difference in the level of wrestling. They’re inspiring me.”

Hopkins came in Monday ready to work and it has been a sweat-inducing week. He has received what he expected - focus on technique and many other important aspects.

“I’ve been to a lot of wrestling camps and the coaches here are a lot better,” said Hopkins, taking a break for lunch. “It is more personalized to you and they pay more attention to you. They care.”

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