The annual camp is a one week event in which the coaches try to introduce the sport of wrestling to the younger kids in town. By focusing on just a few moves so that the kids will get them down as well as possible, that they can have success in the middle school, or hopefully in youth tournaments across the state. The goal is to have the week long camp grow into a wrestling club for the young wrestlers. That way they can achieve even more through middle school and high school.
Beginning this week there will be an hour long practice from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday nights for the Elementary students who are interested in wrestling. The hope is that these students will wrestle in competitions held each weekend around the state through the spring and summer.
With the camp and weekly practices it offers the skills they need to learn to be complete wrestlers. It also offers the kids a chance to see what it takes to compete at the High School level. Coach Riesen likes seeing that the numbers continue to grow.
“This was where I got my start,” recalled Jordan Hamilton. “Mom was pushing me towards basketball, but after I won this event I said to my dad, ‘hey I’m pretty good at this, maybe we ought to try it out’.”
The purpose is to get as many kids out as possible to introduce them to the sport and this camp is a great way for them to get their start.