Kyle Cerminara couldn’t find time in his schedule this summer to conduct a full wrestling camp in Western New York.

To compensate, he’s put together quite a clinic.

Cerminara, the former Lewiston-Porter and University at Buffalo star who’s currently training with Team USA, will be joined by 1996 gold medalist Kendall Cross from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Medina Middle School.

Cross, who also competed in the 1992 Olympic Games, famously defeated Terry Brands, who’s now his Team USA coach, for a spot on the ’96 team, then dominated his competition in Atlanta. In 1997, he was named USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year.

“He’s a wrestling icon,” Cerminara said. “I hope the kids realize how valuable it’s going to be for them to watch Kendall teach some moves.”

After spending several years as financial consultant in Boston, Cross has resumed wrestling in hopes of competing in the 2008 Olympics. He lives next door to Cerminara at the USA Wrestling Olympic Training complex in Colorado.

Eric Gross, the varsity wrestling coach at Medina High School, will also help run the clinic.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for the kids to hear stories from Kyle and Kendall,” said Gross, who coached Cerminara at Lew-Port. “They’re going to see a high level of technique, but also get some awareness of what it takes to get to where they’ve been.”

Cerminara is currently ranked third in the country at 211.5 pounds. Cross is ranked fifth at 132.

The clinic is limited to the first 100 youth wrestlers who apply, but Gross said there are still several spots available. Registration forms can be obtained by calling Gross at (585) 798-2350. Wrestlers cab also register on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The clinic costs $50 and checks are to be made out to Cerminara.

Contact reporter Jonah Bronstein at 282-2311, ext. 2258.

If you go

• WHAT: Wrestling clinic featuring former Lew-Port and UB star Kyle Cerminara and Olympic gold medalist Kendall Cross

• WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: Medina Middle School

• MORE INFO: Contact Eric Gross at (585) 798-2350

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