St. Catharine, Ky. – It’s not very often that someone gets the opportunity to travel to Russia and train with some of the best wrestlers in the world, but in Tyler McCoy’s case it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
McCoy becomes the third St. Catharine wrestler to travel to Russia. It was just last December that Garrett Harding and Daniel Reed had the chance to travel to Russia and train with the best in the world.
He spent two weeks in Russia and traveled to three different cities. First he traveled to Smolensk. While in Smolensk, he did half mile high hill workouts and did sauna therapy. He then got on a train and traveled five hours to get to Minsk, where he had the chance to train with some European World Champions. To cap off his trip, McCoy was able to visit the Olympic Village for wrestling. While he was at the Olympic Village he trained with the Belarus Junior Olympic Team.
“It was just a great experience all around. I learned a lot from some of the best wrestlers on the planet,” noted McCoy of his experience.
Head Coach, Spencer Adams also noted the great opportunity for McCoy saying, “Our guys are very lucky to have such a great opportunity to travel around the work and train with the best coaches and athletes on the planet. There are many wrestlers and coaches alike that would die for the chance to do what Tyler has done this summer in Russia and Belarus.”
Adams spoke of the role that Sergei Kitaev has played in making this happen, “None of this would be possible without the help of Sergei, he is a great friend and former trainer of mine. We are blessed to have him as a part of our program here at St. Catharine. From a coach’s standpoint, I am equally blessed that I have guys on our team like Tyler who want to travel and compete on the highest level.”
“I hope that we may find a donor who would be willing to donate enough money to send one or two guys a year over to Russia to train and compete. Their experiences last a lifetime, but for most guys on our team it is very difficult to save enough money for the trip.”