The Big (Bear)Cat: Johnson City Heavyweight, Lance Moore, Commits to Binghamton

It has been said that Lance Moore was a NYer before he was officially a NYer….A pupil of Scott Green at the famed Shamrock Wrestling Club, Moore has honed his skills by working out with some of the finest talent that the Empire State has to offer…And on Thursday, all of that hard work and dedication paid off when he announced his intentions to continue his academic and athletic career at rising Colonial Athletic Association contender, Binghamton University….By virtue of making this decision, Moore, who kicked off November by finishing 5th at the prestigious Super-32 tournament, ensured that the relationship with Green (who is an Assistant on Coach Pat Popolizio’s staff) will be extended for at least the four or five years. Continue reading “The Big (Bear)Cat: Johnson City Heavyweight, Lance Moore, Commits to Binghamton”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 5: New York Wrestling

So much has changed since I competed in high school during the 1970s. When I wrestled if you had 20 matches during the season, it was a lot. There are more opportunities to compete competitively all year today than in the 70s. Are the top wrestlers better today than in yesteryear? What’s your reasoning?

scott-greenLHW: So much has changed since I competed in high school during the 1970s.  When I wrestled if you had 20 matches during the season, it was a lot.  There are more opportunities to compete competitively all year today than in the 70s.  Are the top wrestlers better today than in yesteryear?  What’s your reasoning?

GREEN: I don’t know.  I know this….there are no surprises anymore.  Everyone is on YouTube, everyone is scout-able.  The best kids in the country see each other at more events then they did then.  Back then, you could theorize that you were the best…now kids lay it on the line maybe a dozen times a year. Would Troy Nickerson or Jesse Jantzen won as many titles as they did 30 years ago?  I say yes.  Could the stars of that era compete today?  Sure, I don’t doubt it.  It’s a fun debate, but anyone who says they know for sure is dangerously myopic.

LHW: We’ve heard that you’ve offered Marty R. a coaching position at Shamrock, as well as a recruiting post at Binghamton.  Is Marty considering the offer?  Is it true that he will be living in an apartment in your home?  Seriously, Marty has many criticisms about wrestling today.  How would you constructively respond to those criticisms?

GREEN: Marty is great for wrestling.  We need more fans like him.  I love the fact that he has his opinions and expresses them, no matter how silly, trite and wrong they are.  Seriously, how can we turn away a fan like him? When you travel to events as much as he has, and put as much into supporting the sport, you are entitled to be wrong as often as you want.  Most people are fans of our sport as long as their kids are involved and then that’s it.  We’ve lost 2/3 of our college programs in the last 30 years, and we think we don’t need fans?

Now, are some of the things he says idiotic?  Of course!  But if you ever had a conversation with the guy off the board you’d see he’s just a provocateur, looking to stir the pot.  Bottom line is he loves the sport, and the sport needs people who love it.  And from what I’ve heard…people aren’t shy about letting him know what they think of him to his face…so check and balance right there.

He can stay at my house whenever he wants…I always have lawn work I need done.

LHW: The Long Island fan base can sometimes be quite enthusiastic about their success; they sometimes voice complaints on the forums about how the upstate teams are trying to stack the deck against them. It must trouble many of the upstate wrestlers and coaches.   Would you like to say anything to the LI fans, wrestlers, and coaches about their position on this?

GREEN: You should be proud of your success.  Regional rivalries drive a lot of successful states.  But I’ve always been more about judging people on an individual basis more than I have groups of people.  A day doesn’t go by in our Bearcat room when we don’t talk a little trash about Sec 2 (Pop), 8 (Dennis) 5 (Patterson’s) and 4.  If people put as much energy into fighting the external factors that threaten our sport as they did in complaining about which ref screwed their kid, or how this coach is a egomaniac, or how upstate hates LI and vice versa, we’d progress a lot more as a unit.  Try this: every time you want to complain, donate a $1 to your local college program, or to an organization that works to save wrestling.  Seems a lot more productive, no?

LHW: What do you think of the change to the regional format for high school wrestling in New York?  Do you feel that the revised format favors any one or group of regions? Might it have an adverse effect on any single or group of regions?

GREEN: I honestly haven’t examined it that closely.  Anything that gets good kids to States is good, I guess.  I thought the wildcard was good.  To me though, until you go back to one state champion, it’s like putting a fresh coat of paint on a house with a cracked foundation.  One State Champ! It’s what set us apart, made us unique.   I’m pretty ambivalent about anything else.

LHW: What does the future hold for New York wrestling?  Where would you like to see the sport go in the Empire State?

GREEN: I think we have great college programs. We are very lucky to have so much access to college wrestling at all levels.  I’d like to see more of NY’s best on the Fargo Dome floor every summer.  The reports of the demise of wrestling in our state have been greatly exaggerated.  We are doing fine at all levels.

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An Interview with Scott Green – Part 4: Shamrock AC

What’s your vision for the Shamrock AC? Where do you plan to take it? What are your hopes and dreams for the club?

The New Shamrock Athletic Club
The New Shamrock Athletic Club

LHW: What’s your vision for the Shamrock AC? Where do you plan to take it? What are your hopes and dreams for the club? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 4: Shamrock AC”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 3: The Coach

Obviously you’re a great coach as measured by the success of your athletes. What characteristics/traits do you feel makes a great wrestling coach? Can a coach make the difference in the success of these future champions, or have you been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach talent that was destined to be great no matter who coached them? What difference can a coach make? What are you emphasizing in your practices to make a difference in the success of your athletes?

JP O'Conner - Senior at Harvard
JP O'Conner - Senior at Harvard

LHW: Obviously you’re a great coach as measured by the success of your athletes.   What characteristics/traits do you feel makes a great wrestling coach?  Can a coach make the difference in the success of these future champions, or have you been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach talent that was destined to be great no matter who coached them?  What difference can a coach make?  What are you emphasizing in your practices to make a difference in the success of your athletes? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 3: The Coach”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 2: The Man

Most people only know you through the Shamrock AC. Tell us about your wrestling experience and accomplishments. How did you get started in wrestling? Where do you get the inspiration and drive from?

Shamrock Most Improved Wrestler 2008
Shamrock Most Improved Wrestler 2008

LHW: Most people only know you through the Shamrock AC.  Tell us about your wrestling experience and accomplishments. How did you get started in wrestling? Where do you get the inspiration and drive from? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 2: The Man”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part I: Realizing Dreams

“Establish trust with your athletes, demand that they give you their best, and teach them to love the sport as much as you do.” – Scott Green, Owner and Coach of Shamrock AC

“Establish trust with your athletes, demand that they give you their best, and teach them to love the sport as much as you do.”  – Scott Green, Owner and Coach of Shamrock AC Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part I: Realizing Dreams”