Ascend Wrestling

COACH Craig Vitagliano

Craig is a 3x Nassau County Champion, New York State Champion, University National Freestyle Champion, and a 4x Empire State Games Gold Medalist. He was a 4 year starter at Harvard University.

Craig has coached and worked with wrestlers at all levels including NCAA Champions, State Champions, and World Medalists. His ability to quickly hone in on a wrestler's strengths & weaknesses and break down moves to the smallest detail is what separates him from many other coaches.

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 Port Washington High School and also one of the coaches of the New York State Cadet & Junior Freestyle Team.

Craig is also an avid student of the sport and is known world over for his in-depth knowledge of International competition, from the 1980s to present.


Rob is one of the original Ascend members and is a 2x Nassau County Champion, 3x Nassau County Finalist, 4x Nassau County Place Winner, & State Place Winner for Bellmore JFK High School.

Rob wrestled D1 at Binghamton University for 2 years and will be helping to coach at Ascend before he goes on to Law School next Fall.


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.


Recent article about Coach Craig & Ascend in New York Wrestling News!!

Coach Craig Interview


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