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2017 Brentwood/Ascend Summer Heat Wrestling Camp July 24 - 28!!

The 6th Annual Brentwood/Ascend Summer Heat Camp in just one week away.  The camp will run July 24 - July 28 with Hofstra's Summer Heat Tournament on Sunday July 30. This camp is the perfect camp to prepare for Summer Heat or just to train with some of the best kids on Long Island.

The camp has two sessions per day starting at 10am - 12pm. Lunch break from 12p - 1p (which the camp provides each day) then a second session starting at 1pm - 3 pm.

The camp provides an air conditioned wrestling room, pool with a lifeguard, free lunch, and most of all top notch technique and drilling.

This camp is the best bang for your buck at only $150 for the week!

Walk-ins will be accepted.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Ralph Napolitano at or Craig Vitagliano at

Hope to see you all there!



2017 Ascend Wrestling Camp featuring Ivy League Coaches July 8-11!!!


Ascend Special Summer HS Registration Offer!!!

June 11 - September 3 2017.

Only $400 for 12 weeks of wrestling!!  You will be getting one month free!!

Come register any time before practice!

Summer HS Practice Schedule:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:00p - 9:00p, Sunday 11:00a - 1:00p for All Members.

Please call or text 917-449-6098 or email for more information regarding pricing packages.  We offer team discounts for 5 or more.

Also to save time please print and fill out downloadable form at the bottom of the membership section of our website.

Wrestlers must have a valid USA Wrestling card.

You can apply for a USA Wrestling card here:

See you then!



Ascend Youth (grades 1-6) information

Youth sessions will be taught by 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.

It is a perfect class for beginners!

Schedule: Monday & Thursday 6:30p – 8:00p

COST: ONLY $250 for 3 months.

Please call or text 917-449-6098 or email for more information.

Come train at Long Island's Premiere Wrestling Facility!


Introducing Ascend 2.0: Long Island's Premiere Wrestling Facility

Announcing Ascend 2.0:
Wrestling’s Leadership Laboratory Triples in Size

HICKSVILLE, New York, January 25, 2014 – Sunday marks a major transition for Long Island’s Ascend Wrestling Club, as the region’s “takedown startup” moves into a new, more spacious headquarters in Hicksville under an initiative the club’s leadership hails as “Ascend 2.0.”

Covering 6,200 square feet, the new space will be about three times the size of Ascend’s former location, making it Long Island’s largest wrestling room and enabling the club to host one of the country’s most diverse collections of wrestlers in what Craig Vitagliano, Ascend’s Chief Wrestling Officer, calls “the leadership laboratory.” 

“Since we began, we have a strong track record of putting guys on the podium,” said Vitagliano, who notes that Ascend already counts four, three-time high school All-American wrestlers among the program’s alumni.  “But that’s just the beginning.  Ascend’s mission is to help our guys succeed on the mat, in the classroom, or on the job.”

Since 2009, Vitagliano has worked to build Ascend Wrestling Club from a part-time hobby to a full-time venture.  The 1991 graduate of Plainedge High School was a New York State Champion and a four-year starter at Harvard before winning a University National Freestyle title in 1997.  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 Commack High School and was recently named the head coach for the New York State Cadet Freestyle Team.

One of the program’s strengths has been the diversity found in the room, located at 32A East Carl Street in Hicksville.  On any given night, practice includes wrestlers from all over Long Island, New York City, and White Plains.  Together with wrestling consultant Justin Accordino – a recent Hofstra grad, NCAA Division I All-American, and Chaminade assistant wrestling coach – Vitagliano is looking to fill the super-sized wrestling space with as many grapplers who are interested in learning the sport as possible.

“In recent years, you’ve seen a lot of non-traditional powers come out of the woodwork at the county tournaments,” said Vitagliano.  “It’s easy for everyone, regardless of background or home town, to understand that the values learned on the mat clearly apply to success in life.”

Ascend 2.0 comes at the perfect time as the wrestling community’s focus moves towards post-season tournaments and the state championships in Albany Feb. 28-Mar 1.  An end-of-season celebration/grand opening event is planned for later in the spring.


For more information on Ascend, visit, Phone: 917-449-6098,


Home for the holidays

Many of the best Ascend almumni were home for the holiday break and came down to train and also give back to the club by working with future champions. Thanks guys. It was awesome having you all home!

from left: Dan Fiorvanti (Coast Guard), Dan McDevitt (Penn), Simon Greebel (Oswego), Declan Gray (Hunter), Robert Person (Binghamton), Pat Skinner (Rider), Coach Craig, Chris Araoz (Columbia), McZiggy Richards (TC3), Pankil Chander (Wilkes), Chris Koo (Oklahoma State), Conor O'Hara (Air Force).




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