Nickerson to coach Finger Lakes WC and return to the mat

By Finger Lakes | Sept. 24, 2010, 10:26 a.m. (ET)
New York Wrestling legend Troy Nickerson to stay in Central NY to coach the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club!

Troy Nickerson, the 2009 NCAA 125-pound NCAA Champion and only 5-time New York State Champion has been added to the FLWC coaching staff. Troy placed at the NCAA Championships each of his four seasons with the Cornell Big Red, finishing 2nd, 3rd, 1st and 4th. As a team captain in 2010, Troy led the Big Red to an unprecedented 2nd place team finish.

Troy battled through major shoulder injuries his final two seasons at Cornell, which have required a number of reconstructive surgeries to repair. Troy's will be taking most of this season to recover from these injuries, but plans on returning to competition in a quest to represent the USA Wrestling team in the 2012 Olympic Games.

As a prep wrestler, Troy set new standards in New York State, winning a record five state titles for nearby Chenango Forks High School. A product of Section IV wrestling, and 5-time Section IV Champ, Troy will bring not only his skills and success to the FLWC program, but also his understanding of the demands for success in the Southern Tier area.

The mission of the FLWC is to promote all levels of wrestling within the Finger Lakes region of New York State, and Nickerson's duties with the FLWC will focus on training and coaching the FLWC college team. Troy will also assist in the coaching of all levels of FLWC athletes, which consists of youth, high school, college and senior level wrestlers. Troy will be joining an FLWC coaching staff that also includes: Clint Wattenberg, Matt Azevedo, Mitch Clark, Eric Toftegaard, Mike Rodriguez, Josh Arnone, Brian Cook, Brian Alves, Matt Bogumil and Gene Nighman.