Camp a big help for wrestlers
Published 2:46 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2018
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
They’re getting their mat time in.
The more than 100 wrestlers participating in a camp at Unity Elementary School this week will be on the mat for more than 20 hours over the course of the four days.
The camp, which is hosted by LaGrange head coach Scooter Weathers, began on Monday and will conclude on Thursday.
“It’s 24 hours of wrestling,” Weathers said.
The schedule is the same each day. After going from 9 a.m. until noon, the wrestlers will take a break for lunch before finishing things off with a three-hour session from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
“We’ll drill, we’ll teach, and then about the last hour we’ll put them in groups and let them wrestle,” Weathers said. “We’ve got everybody from some in the kids’ program, to middle-schoolers, to high-schoolers. It’s a good mixture.”
For Weathers, part of the appeal of the camp is that it allows his wrestlers to learn from a different group of coaches.
Four different coaches will lead the camp sessions.
On Monday, Carrollton coach Nick White led the way, and he’ll be back on Wednesday.
Today’s lead instructors will be Sean Moistner and Daryk Cochran, who have been coaching alongside together at Alexander for more than a decade.
Thursday’s lead instructor will be Northgate’s Adrian Anderson.
“I tell them, you’re going to get stuff you can use, that will be very helpful,” said Weathers, who had 20 wrestlers participating on Monday. “Plus it’s good for the guys to hear other voices besides me, because they probably get tired of me.”
White has been a fixture at the camp for nearly a decade, and he’s always happy to help.
“(Weathers) doesn’t even have to call me anymore,” White said. “He just says what days you’re teaching. It’s a given that I’m doing it. I have a good time. It’s good to teach kids new things. I enjoy coming back for that.”
White said he’s not teaching complex theories, rather he’s focusing on giving the wrestlers a steady diet of the fundamentals.
“I tell the kids a lot of this going to be basic, fundamental techniques,” White said. “It’s not going to be flashy. It’s going to help you win matches in January and February when you need to. So I like to see some of these kids get it that didn’t get it before.”
Weathers said there is a different focus each day, so the wrestlers that participate in every session will have a well-rounded experience.
“We cover every aspect, from takedowns, to on top, to bottom stuff, to scrambling,” Weathers said. “There’s a lot of knowledge in this room as far as coaches.”
This is the 15th year Weathers has offered the camp, and he has seen it grow dramatically.
“I remember the first year we had it we had about 30 guys,” Weathers said. “And it’s grown a little bit every year. We’d topped out at about 70 or 80, and we’re at 130 this year.”