(photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
The California RTC has made big waves on the West Coast wrestling scene recently. You may have heard of the California RTC College Combine - an event in a league of its own, with a men's AND women's combine. This provides the opportunity for women to be recruited, in an event of their own.
"Coaches from every division, coast to coast, are coming in to check out all this talent," said Jimmy Overhiser, Director of Operations of the California RTC. This event is already full for the men's combine - there's a few slots left (as I write this) for the women's combine. California is an under-recruited area of the country - a "gold mine," if you will, of untapped talent waiting to be mined and forged into the fires of competition.
"We want to serve the youth of California to get the opportunities they deserve with recruitment for college wrestling. They may not be able to make the trips out east, so we're bringing the process to them." A goal of this event for the RTC is to make college wrestling more accessible across socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, as California and the surrounding states are diverse areas. "Our program takes pride in fostering community, culture, and empowering the next generation of student-athletes to be the best versions of themselves, we want them to attain success on and off the mat."
While at the combine, student-athletes will have the opportunity to learn about the college admissions process, financial literacy, and can attend a recruitment fair where they can meet coaches from Cali JuCo, NJCAA, NCAA DI/DII/DIII, and NAIA programs.
Without spoiling too much about some of the talent that's going to be on display at the combine, those registered include five former and current Team USA members, Fargo Champions, State Champions, and many more highly sought after prospective-student athletes. Keep an eye out for some hammers from Cali this year, the recruits of today are the champions of tomorrow.
The Combine is set for September 17th and 18th. For more information about the event check the California RTC website.