Jim MillerThis inaugural three-day wrestling camp -- designed especially for high school wrestling teams --will take place at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa on June 19-21.
One powerful aspect of the Dan Gable Museum Classic camp is that it features clinics for all three styles of wrestling: Greco-Roman, freestyle, and folkstyle. Each one-day clinic is conducted by individuals well-versed in their particular styles: for Greco, Brett Robbins, 2006 U.S. Junior World Greco team member ... freestyle, Tolly Thompson, 2005 World Freestyle bronze medalist ... and, for folkstyle, two-time NCAA champ and ten-time NCAA Division III team title-winning coach Jim Miller.
Each day at the Dan Gable Museum Classic will feature a teaching clinic in the morning, followed by lunch. Afternoons will include team building activities and round-robin dual competition. Participants will be instructed in drilling techniques in each style, then have the opportunity to use what they've learned in live competition with their fellow participants from other schools. All activities will be held at the Dan Gable Museum and the nearby Cedar Valley Sportsplex in downtown Waterloo.
"The Dan Gable Museum Classic is a special wrestling event for high school wrestlers," said Dan Gable, Iowa high school and NCAA champion wrestler for Iowa State, 1972 Olympic gold medalist, and legendary University of Iowa coach. "We want participants to experience the sport of wrestling through a uniquely focused educational experience that combines instruction with preparation and competition."
One high school coach who is already planning to participate in this first-ever team camp at the Dan Gable Museum is Duane Watson, who has served as head coach of the Allendale High School wrestling program in western Michigan since 1989, racking up nearly 600 wins along the way.
"We want to give our wrestlers a bigger picture of the sport beyond Allendale," Watson told InterMat. "That's why we've been adding Greco-Roman and freestyle training for our guys."
"We try to do something different as a team each year," Watson added. "We see the Dan Gable Museum Classic as the ultimate team-building exercise -- an opportunity for 18-20 of our wrestlers to 'get better together' and grow their skills not just as individuals, but as a team."
This unique camp experience is available for only six high school wrestling teams. For more information, contact Kyle Klingman at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at @firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 233-0745.