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Grappling camp attracts 50 wrestlers, Gopher wrestler
The second annual TCU Wrestling Camp attracted more than 50 wrestlers last week.
The camp was held in the Le Center Middle School Gym, and was open to any wrestler grade k-12 that has competed in at least one full year of wrestling.
The list of coaches included TCU High School Wrestling Coaches Brian Mikel, Corey Block, and Nate Friederich, and TCU Youth Coaches Trevor Houn, Joe Reyes, and Bryan Balma.
But one special coach helped at the camp. It was guest clinician Pat Smith. Smith just finished his fourth year as a Gopher Wrestler.
As a high school wrestler for Chaska, Smith earned All-State honors three times. He is also a University National Greco Champ, University Freestyle All-American, and is currently ranked sixth on the US Olympic Greco Ladder.
He was also an Olympic redshirt last year for Greco, finishing in the top 8 at trials. He is currently a coach for J Robinson Camps.
TCU Coach Block said Smith far exceeded his expectations as a clinician.
“He worked very well with all ages of our wrestlers, young and old. Some of the wrestlers have been to practices with Pat and he was able to see some familiar faces,” Block said. “His message and approach for the camp was that ‘basics win matches’.”
The theme of working on the basics of wrestling was the focus of the camp, Block added.
“We worked hard on breaking sloppy bad habits and broke down every little movement to promote good ones,” he said.
In addition to Smith and the coaches, Block also thanked Radermacher’s for donating popsicles for a last day treat.