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VIDEO: Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Schultz Coaches Emerson Wrestlers

Olympic Gold Medalist, Best Selling Author Mark Schultz Coaches Emerson Wrestlers
Olympic Gold Medalist, Best Selling Author Mark Schultz Coaches Emerson Wrestlers Video Credit: Anthony Locicero
Wendy Woods Inserra, Joe Mazzeo, Stan Woods, and Mark Schultz
Wendy Woods Inserra, Joe Mazzeo, Stan Woods, and Mark Schultz Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

EMERSON, N.J.– Mark Schultz's voice booms across a dimly lit gym inside the Emerson Bible Church as nearly 20 young, wide-eyed wrestlers hang on his every word.

Standing in the middle of a bright red wrestling mat, he takes a step back from his training partner.

Suddenly it's Los Angeles in 1984 for the "Foxcatcher" author.

"It saved me in the Olympics, when I was down and I had to score," Schultz says. "I waited until [my opponent] reached for me, and I attacked."

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee then demonstrates the double leg take-down that earned him the gold, as well as a host of other moves that helped him become a nine-time national champion.

"He taught me the arm drag," Quinn Inserra Sureda, 8, told Daily Voice. "It really helped when we were going live."

Schultz was in area to meet with New Jersey's winning-est high school wrestling coach, Stan Woods, and catch the NCAA wrestling championships at Madison Square Garden.

"I'm honored because his accomplishments are a lot [greater] than mine," Woods told Daily Voice. "What he accomplished not too many people in the world can do that."

Parents picking up their children were in for a huge surprise when they saw Schultz, 55, taking pictures and blending right in – despite growing up on the West Coast.

"I think the fathers were more excited and giddy than the kids were [meeting Schultz]," said Wendy Woods Inserra, the coach's daughter.

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