5 ways to mentally prepare for a summer wrestling camp

Use these tips to gain a mental edge for your summer wrestling camp

Heading to a summer wrestling camp is an exciting opportunity to learn, develop, and improve as a wrestler. But, going to a camp without preparing in advance, is a recipe for disaster. It’s one of the five mistakes wrestlers make before heading to a summer wrestling camp. 

Summer is busy – kids have several activities, other sports, vacations, and just spending time being a kid. But…don’t head to camp out of shape, or rusty, because if you do, one will be gasping for air and struggling to keep up, versus learning.

But it’s not just about being in good physical shape, it’s also about preparing mentally for a wrestling camp. Getting the mind right, and prepared, is as important as maintaining physical shape and readiness.

So, what are some ways to prepare mentally for a wrestling camp? We checked in with Mike Moor, a mindset coach with Wrestling Mindset. Wrestling Mindset provides specific mindset training through in-person consultation, phone and Skype workshops and is used by youth, high school, and college teams and wrestlers across the globe. Moor is a New York native who broke the record for wins at his high school and wrestled at the Division I level for the University of Maryland. Read his complete bio below.

Here are Moor’s 5 tips on how to mentally prepare for a summer wrestling camp:

  1. Create a plan and set goals: Don’t just show up at wrestling camp and go through the motions. Before wrestling camp, develop a plan and focus on what you hope to improve on at this particular camp. Set specific goals for the camp for what you hope to achieve. Set daily goals and several “overall” goals to focus on while at wrestling camp.
  2. Evaluate your performance daily: After each day, sit down and evaluate your performance. Bring a notebook and jot down successes, things to work on, questions, and anything else that can help you go back and review your performance the next day – and after camp. Remember, wrestling camps are valuable, but they can make more of an impact if one takes the lessons learned from wrestling camp and incorporates that into their training regime immediately after wrestling camp. Even if it is still summer.

One way to evaluate your performance: Write down three things you did well/improved on, and one thing you should improve on the next day, along with a plan of how you hope to improve.

  1. Be a student of the sport: Wrestling camp is a time to learn. Soak it up. Listen to the coaches, clinicians, and workout partners. Ask questions. Try new things. Experiment. Don’t be afraid to fail! Take notes, video, and evaluate daily.
  2. Focus on fun – and be thankful: Wrestling camps are challenging and can be hard. But that’s what champions want – challenges. But, wrestling camps are also a fun way to grow as a wrestler, explore, and meet new people in the sport. So…find something fun in everything you do, even in a hard workout. Remind yourself of three things you’re thankful for about that camp anytime you find yourself complaining…because not every wrestler gets to go to camp, and not every wrestler can get advanced training like that provided at a wrestling camp.
  3. Hire a mindset coach to help prepare before camp: Wrestlers hire personal coaches and trainers to help with the physical aspect of wrestling. Why not consider a mindset coach to help prepare and grow mentally? Gaining a mental edge can be as important as a physical edge. Moor is available now and throughout the year to work with wrestlers of all levels and backgrounds. He’s helped several boys, girls and high school and college wrestlers – and teams – achieve success and grow on the mat. Email mike@wrestlingmindset.com for a free trial session.

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Wrestling camps are a great opportunity to learn and grow. These tips can help you prepare for the mental aspect of a wrestling camp. Use these tips to succeed this summer and in the future.

More about Mike Moor
Mike Moor is a New York native who broke the record for wins at his high school and wrestled Division I for the University of Maryland. While Mike works in law enforcement full time, he is also the head coach and founder of Without Limits Wrestling club in Houston, Texas. In the past two season, Without Limits has had wrestlers place at state 20 times and All-American 22 times, to include 9 All-Americans at Fargo including the only wrestler in Houston History to All American in both Freestyle and Greco. In 2015, Without Limits Wrestling girls won the freestyle state tournament for the second consecutive year, and finished the freestyle season with five wrestlers ranked top 10 in the country. Six of Coach Mike’s wrestlers have continued their wrestling careers at Division I schools, and numerous others at D2, D3, and NAIA programs.

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USA Wrestling helps lead strong coalition pursuing NCAA Emerging Sports Status for women’s wrestling

USA Wrestling is proud to help lead a coalition of major wrestling organizations which worked together to submit a proposal to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seeking Emerging Sports Status for women’s wrestling.

Working side-by-side with the U.S. Olympic Committee, Wrestle Like A Girl, the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling helped develop a comprehensive proposal document which was submitted to the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics on August 1.

This proposal will be presented to the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics in its September 2017 meeting. The committee is chaired by Sherika Montgomery, Associate Director of Athletics for Winthrop University. This is the first step in a process in which the coalition of wrestling organizations hope results in women’s wrestling receiving official Emerging Sports Status within the NCAA.

“This is very similar to 2002, when USA Wrestling formally worked with partner organizations to successfully encourage the International Olympic Committee to add women’s wrestling to the Olympic Games. We are pleased that these leading organizations have come together to launch this exciting application process according to NCAA procedures,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender.

College wrestling for women is not new in the United States, with almost a quarter century of history on college campuses. The first women’s varsity team was the University of Minnesota-Morris, which was formed in 1993-94. There have been 14 years of college national women’s championships, starting in 2004 with the first event at Missouri Valley College. The women’s college wrestling community formed the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) in 2008, which has hosted national championships ever since. Currently, there are 36 college programs which will compete in the WCWA in the upcoming season, including institutions from the NCAA, the NAIA and the NJCAA.

Although seeking Emerging Sports Status with the NCAA has been discussed for a number of years, it became apparent to wrestling leadership over a year ago that women’s wrestling had grown to the point where it met the requirements to apply for this important recognition. A committee organized by USA Wrestling leader Kyra Barry, the 2013-16 U.S. Women’s Team Leader, held a number of organization and strategy conference calls to initiate the development of the application document.

The writing and design of the NCAA Emerging Sports Status Proposal for women’s wrestling was managed by USA Wrestling Director of Communications Gary Abbott. A complete 23-page document, containing the history of women’s wrestling in the United States and the formal plan for NCAA women’s wrestling, was developed during the spring and summer of 2017.

In order to achieve Emerging Sports Status designation, an application must meet a specific set of standards determined by the NCAA. Spearheading the collection of the required support letters and institutional financial information were Sally Roberts of Wrestle Like A Girl and Sarah Wilhelmi of the U.S. Olympic Committee. All of the coalition organizations had input in the process which led to the completed document.

There was a requirement of 10 letters from NCAA institutions which either sponsor women’s wrestling or plan to do so after Emerging Sports Status is achieved. These support letters were supplied by Adrian College, Averett University, Emmanuel College, Ferrum College, King University, MacMurray College, McKendree University, Pacific University, Simon Fraser University and Westminster College.

Additional support letters from the coalition organizations were added, plus additional letters from Arizona State Athletics and the University of Iowa Wrestling program.

The proposal provides a plan to use freestyle wrestling, the international style for women, for NCAA women’s competition. Freestyle is the style which has traditionally been used in women’s college wrestling, including all WCWA competitions. The proposal also calls for NCAA women’s college wrestling to be a Fall Semester sport, with a proposed NCAA women’s wrestling championships during the third week of December. It is proposed to have 10 weight classes, the same number as men’s wrestling, but to use the international weight classes which will be instituted by United World Wrestling for women for the 2018 year.

The meeting of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics is the first step of a process that could ultimately lead to approval of women’s wrestling as a Women’s Emerging Sport in the NCAA. All of the coalition members have made a commitment to participate actively as it works its way through the NCAA decision process.

The coalition is also supportive of seeking official status for women’s wrestling in the other college sports organizations including the NAIA and the NJCAA. There will also be an effort to encourage college conferences to recognize women’s wrestling as an official conference sport.

“Women’s wrestling continues to be a foundational program within USA Wrestling. We are excited with the prospect of women’s wrestling securing Emerging Sport Status from the NCAA. We are confident that this will become another springboard to further grow women’s wrestling at all levels. USA Wrestling is also actively involved in the grassroots effort to expand the number of states which offer girls wrestling as an official sport at the high school level. It is an exciting time for women’s wrestling in our nation,” said Bender.

Five mistakes wrestlers and parents make when choosing a summer wrestling camp

When picking the best summer wrestling camp there are a few things to consider and a few things to avoid. The goal of a wrestling camp should be able to provide a new training opportunity that fits your budget, wrestler’s goals and needs. And it should be fun – but it should challenge and push the wrestler. That’s why parents are busy researching the best wrestling camps in the nation and pouring over web sites and brochures trying to find out what is the best wrestling camp to choose.

That’s where the idea for The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps was developed. As the former editor of an award-winning amateur wrestling web site, I heard it all the time from parents and wrestling fans. What is the best wrestling camp out there? What age should I start sending my kid to wrestling camp? What do you know about the J Robinson Intensive camps ? What do you know about Oklahoma State Wrestling Camps? How about Rob Koll’s Cornell Wrestling Camps? What have you heard about Ken Chertow Wrestling Camps? What do you think is better, sending your child to the same camp year after year, or mixing it up and going to a smaller local camp or traveling across country to a big, nationally known camp, such as say, Iowa wrestling camps, or Cael Sanderson’s Penn State Wrestling Camps?

Flip through any magazine or publication this time of year and it’s almost overwhelming. There are ads galore promoting wrestling camps. And you know what? They all look good! They all look like they could fit the opportunity you as a parent or wrestler are searching for. For many, the key to picking a wrestling camp is often location, cost and instructors. Those are good reasons no doubt, but let’s look at some factors to consider and some mistakes to avoid:

Mistake #1 – picking a wrestling camp because your best friend or regular training partner wants to go to that camp

This makes sense, right? You want to go to camp and not feel out of place. So going somewhere where there is a comfort level – knowing you will have your workout partner or best friend there with you seems like a no-brainer, right? Not necessarily. When picking a wrestling camp, choose one that is going to challenge your wrestler. Call the camp and ask how many kids are registered at your son or daughters weight class, or around that weight class (taking into consideration weights fluctuate in the offseason). You don’t want to get stuck working out with your regular workout partner. You can do that at your school any day of the week. You want to find workout partners who can challenge you and provide you with a new experience. That’s what camp is about, getting a new experience. This is an extreme case, but let’s say your best friend is a lighter weight, where there are typically more wrestlers. And you are a heavyweight, maybe even a bit inexperienced and big for your age. If you go to a camp where there are only a few big men, mostly older and more physically mature, you will not be able to train/workout with many new or different partners. While the goal of a camp is to learn, learning and applying what you learn is important. If you are a young wrestler make sure you are not going to a camp with kids who are much more advanced than you. Sure, you want the challenge but you don’t want to lay on your back during all the workout sessions counting lights on the ceiling.

Mistake #2 – Picking a camp based on a big name clinician

Who wouldn’t want to go to a camp where Dan Gable is a speaker? Or perhaps Jordan Burroughs is a guest clinician one day. Or maybe it’s Cael Sanderson, Jake Varner, Kellen Russell, Sam Hazewinkel, Luke Becker, Jesse Krebs or any local or national standout. Who wouldn’t want to meet or get a chance to be in the room with the best of the best? However, if they are only going to be there for say, one afternoon out of 5 days, be sure the rest of the camp still fits your needs. Explore all options, understand the whole camp program to get a strong overall understanding of the camp. Don’t let one big name be the determining factor. Ask what role that one person will have in the overall camp experience.

Mistake # 3 – Dismissing the local camp/small camp

Not everyone can travel across country to go to a top Wisconsin wrestling camp. Sure, a kid from New Jersey might want to try Chris Bono’s Florida wrestling camps. Or someone from Nebraska may be intrigued about wrestling camps in California. But you don’t have to spend big money and travel long distances to find a camp to learn from great coaches and teachers. For example, in Minnesota Clay Nagel and Matt Nagel put on the Concordia Cobbers’ wrestling camps every summer. These attract kids from throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and other regions. Concordia is a smaller DIII wrestling school, but Nagel has excelled as a coach at the high school and college level. He knows how to teach youth. His son, Matt, was a Division I All-American at Minnesota. Both have connections to former standouts from North Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota and Augsburg, for example, that will be at the  camp, not to mention, the wrestlers Clay coaches at Concordia. The camp will draw up-and-coming wrestlers from a wide area. Bottom line, sure this may not be a camp at a DI powerhouse where Tom and Terry Brands are putting you through intense workouts that will make you cry uncle, but there are good teachers in every state. You don’t have to go to the big national camp to find a great training opportunity. For parents on a budget, wrestlers who don’t want to travel far, explore the local wrestling camp to meet your goals.

Mistake #4 – Not getting out of your comfort zone

The goals of kids and parents attending summer wrestling camps vary greatly. Some just want more mat time. Some want to be with their friends. Heck, some just want to wrestle, no matter where and no matter with who. And while I recommend the smaller local camp, I firmly believe those who have the best success try a camp that gets them out of their comfort zone and trying something new. While I am a big advocate of the local camp, it might be best to reconsider going to a summer camp led by the same club coach you see every week, or the youth wrestling coach or high school wrestling coach you train or learn with every day. By all means don’t dismiss this if it’s the option that’s right for you, but if you choosing between options, why not try something new one year? Chances are, your coach may even encourage it!

Mistake #5 – Expecting the camp to make you a state champ

Every wrestler wants to be a state champion, a national champion, an Olympic champion. Goals are great. Everyone should set them. But spending a week at the best summer wrestling camp you ever went to isn’t going to make you the best wrestler in the country. However, by taking what you learn at wrestling camp and applying that to your everyday training – that’s what will set you apart and help you reach your goals. Learn, apply, try and repeat. Use it as a training tool, but not the only training tool.

As a parent you spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on your child’s wrestling camps and training over the course of their career. Want to avoid more mistakes like these? Want to save money and make the best decision for your budget and wrestler? Then order your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps today – and train to be a champion tomorrow!

How to pick the best wrestling camp: 3 factors every parent or wrestler should consider when making a final decision

Below is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book, The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps.

In the book, some of the top high school coaches comment on the advice they give parents and wrestlers on how to pick the best wrestling camp. With this group of HS coaches, there is over 100 years of combined coaching experience backing up their advice.

It doesn’t matter if you are from a top wrestling state like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma or California. Or a state like Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, Montana or Rhode Island, where wrestling is popular in pockets. You can find the best wrestling camp for your skill level and budget by following these three steps to finding the best wrestling camp for youth and high school wrestlers.

To choose the best wrestling camp, you can’t go wrong following the basic advice of some of the top high school wrestling coaches in the US:

➭ Determine what you want from the camp experience.

➭ Read the promotional materials carefully, and don’t be wowed just by the names of big-time college programs hosting the camp, or superstar wrestlers or coaches.

➭ Ask your coach and other wrestlers which camps they’ve been to, and would recommend.

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You’ll become informed, make better decisions, find better training opportunities and most important, SAVE MONEY  while HELPING YOUR WRESTLER HAVE A BETTER CAMP EXPERIENCE. Save money. Train better. Become a better wrestler.


A message from Dan Gable: Wrestling camps are most beneficial when you reach beyond your goals

Dan Gable is the most influential person in the sport of wrestling. His influence as a competitor and coach is still felt today. Olympic champions still aspire to accomplish what Gable has and youth wrestlers, high school wrestlers, college wrestlers and coaches are all influenced by Gable.

Gable provided information for The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps. In fact, the book concludes with a question and answer with Gable about the benefits of wrestling camps and how they can help young wrestlers. Gable provides information that both wrestlers and parents can benefit from, including this from a q&a with the sports greatest legend. Here is an excerpt from Chapter 14 of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling camps, titled:

Conclusion: A message from Dan Gable – wrestling camps are most beneficial when you reach beyond your goals

Why are younger wrestlers tougher to reach today?

GABLE: Chances are they do not have a single-minded focus and they don’t have to be. Things change and if you don’t make the appropriate changes from a standpoint of doing what you need to do, you don’t keep up with the times. If I coached exactly the way that I trained, then I wouldn’t be keeping updated and modern with training techniques that are better.

There are better mats. You keep up with that. There are better shoes. You keep up with that. There are better machines that are smoother. You don’t do deep squats with heavy weights on your shoulders, which crunch your shoulders down.

Do kids have the same work ethics today as you did back in 1971? Would today’s young wrestlers take on the challenge of running 20 miles to prove a point like you did?


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High school coaching legend talks: How wrestling camps can motivate, influence young wrestlers

This is an excerpt from a chapter titled: How wrestling camps can motivate, influence young wrestlers from the new book, The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps:

Coming back from a camp with a wealth of new moves and ideas in your head is wonderful, but it may not be the biggest thing that high school athletes can return home with.

“The most important thing is that when they come back, more than the technique they have acquired, is that they’re really motivated or inspired because that will carry them much farther than the technique,” said Wayne Branstetter, head coach at Poway (Calif.) High School. “I would say that’s probably the strongest thing. When somebody is motivated – this is kind of a general theme in anything, it can be learning the guitar or whatever it is – they can make up tremendous ground when they have enthusiasm and desire and they’re excited and they’re listening and they want to get better, and they spend extra time now and they’re fired up.”

Branstetter – who has coached Poway to three state championships and was named NWCA Coach of the Year in 2005 – has seen his wrestlers return from camps with the opposite attitude.

“If a kid comes back from camp and you don’t see him in the room, he’s trying to stay as far from wrestling as he can get, then obviously that was a failure,” Branstetter said. “That’s a good gauge right there – he’ll tell you. He’ll come back from camp and go, ‘It was awesome, coach. I picked this up, I learned how to leg ride, I learned this little jump and this single, and I can do duck-unders now,’ or whatever it is – you can feel his enthusiasm.”

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How to pick the best wrestling camp in your state and for your budget

It’s that time of year..

Wrestlers and parents throughout the country are searching for the right wrestling camp for their youth or high school wrestler. Like most parents, wrestlers or coaches, you are hitting the Internet and using Google, Yahoo!, Bing and other search engines to insert key words looking for camps that fit your need.

It is a good idea, to use Google and type in key words such as Best Wrestling Camps, Top 10 wrestling camps, Youth Wrestling Camps or how to find a summer wrestling camp. In fact, those questions were a big part of the basis of writing the book, The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps. When I was the editor of a leading national wrestling web site, I often got asked the question: “Where do I send my kid to wrestling camp?” It wasn’t just me, however. It was others. Rick Kacher, owner of the Adam Wrestling Takedown Machine, said it too – he would get that question 200 times a year. Parents were interested in his product and then would ask “where do I send my kid to wrestling camp?” Or “How do I know the best wrestling camp out there?”

This shows that when it comes to choosing a wrestling camp, there is a lot of confusion on what is the best route to take. There is a lot of information out there, no doubt, but it takes time to sift through that information. That’s where The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps helps. The book sifts through the information and asks the same questions you ask in your web searches. Questions such as:

What’s the best wrestling camp out there?
How do I know which camp is better than others?
What camp will help my son or daughter become a state champion?
When is the right age to go to wrestling camp?
What type of camp is right for me?
How do I find a camp that is affordable?

And much more…

While searching the Internet via keywords is a great way to get started, let that just be the start of your search. Here are five ways to pick a wrestling camp – once you’ve identified the camps you want to attend via Internet searches:

1. Contact the camp directly and ask questions
2. Look for online reviews about the camp
3. Talk to others in your club, on your high school team or the coaching staff, to see what more they know about the camps you are interested in.
4. Look for the right dates, cost, location and type of camp (such as intensive camp, team camp, technique camp, big man camp, commuter camp, day camp, etc)
5. Narrow the choices down to two. Pick three to five that you are really interested in, then shorten your choice down to the top two and make your final decision from there.

Or, you could order The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps, and find out for yourself, from over 40 top college coaches, high school coaches, Olympians, national champions, All-Americans, parents and other youth wrestlers who have experienced and the answers to your questions.

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State tournament time: 3 tips for wrestling success on and off the mat

In the article titled first time guide to postseason tournaments for USA Wrestling, Matt Krumrie, Author of The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling, discussed how parents and wrestlers new to the sport can prepare for – and enjoy – postseason tournament time.

In the article Greg Bach of the National Alliance of Youth Sports made a good point, saying:

“Parents should talk to their kids about nerves and let them know that sweaty palms and nervous stomachs are actually a good sign,” says Bach. “It shows that the youngster cares,” says Bach.

Whether you are a first time wrestler or experienced wrestler, now is the time to prepare for the postseason. That includes focusing on mental and physical preparation on and off the mat.

“The countdown has begun and the post season is just right around the corner for most of us,” says Nick Spatola, owner of Spatola Wrestling, a club that provides wrestling instruction, camps and clinics for youth and high school wrestlers throughout Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky and Indiana.

Spatola also puts on the Spatola Classic, a youth wrestling tournament that attracted 350 wrestlers from 7 states in 2015, offered these tips for wrestlers seeking postseason success:

  1. Find balance on and off the mat

“Make sure all the little things are tightened up in your wrestling life and personal life,” says Spatola.

For examples: Manage you weight, class work, health and personal relationships.

“If there is any turbulence in any of these it can negatively affect your performance on the mat,” says Spatola. “I’ll never forget the story of my old coach and his student. The wrestler was a senior in high school and was desperately trying to make the prestigious Ohio High School State Tournament. He had been training so hard for so long and was so close to achieving his goal. The only turbulence he had in his life at the time was him ,om yelling at him for not cleaning his room. “Big deal”, he thought to himself. His coach instructed him to clean his room the week of the state tournament. This way everything in his life would be smooth before the big show. Well, he cleaned his room and guess what? He made state. He will tell you to this day that cleaning his room helped him do it!’

2. Don’t put pressure on yourself

“This is not roman gladiator days where it comes down to life and death,” Spatloa reminds parents and wrestlers. “Believe in your training and preparation and just go out and perform. It’s a fact that athletes do not perform their best when they put too much pressure on themselves.

Stop thinking about it so much and just do it.

3. Mental preparation is important: Visualize

“You need to see it before you do it,” reminds Spatola. “Visualization is key to success whether it is in your athletic life, personal life, or business life. Your mind is the most powerful tool you will ever have so use it yo your advantage. I like to visualize when I am running on the road or when I am in bed about to go to sleep.”

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Best wrestling camps: Finding wrestling camps in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi

For those in the southern United States, such as Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, it may be more difficult to find a wrestling camp near you. When searching for the best wrestling camps in Louisiana, best wrestling camps in Arkansas or best wrestling camps in Mississippi, there are less options than when searching for the best wrestling camps in Texas, best wrestling camps in Florida and/or best wrestling camps in Oklahoma or best wrestling camps in Georgia, for example.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a wrestling camp within your budget. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

1. Reach out to local high schools and clubs: Look for coaches, private clubs and camps through your local or regional teams. You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of money to find a camp.

2. Research camps on sites like USA Wrestling or other popular wrestling web sites: Look for camps by keywords. For example, search for “Lousiana Wrestling Camps, “Arkansas Wrestling Camps” or “Mississippi Wrestling camps” on Google to find wrestling camps close to you.

3. Contact national clubs and see if they have satelite camps. J Robinson Wrestling camps, for example, takes its camps across the country, offering in various locations. Ken Chertow wrestling camps also offers camps throughout the country, using hotel ballrooms as great training sites. J Robinson camps set up at colleges across the country. If you find a wrestling camp you are interested in, contact them to see if they will be in your state or nearby.

4. Consider traveling with a group: If you have a large group of wrestlers who want to attend a wrestling camp in Louisiana, Arkansas or Mississippi, for example, consider contacting a camp and asking for a group discount. They may be able to accomodate your needs and lessen the camp entry fee, or assist with travel accomodations.

It can be tough to find the best wrestling camps if there is not as much wrestling near your location, but with some research and by making some contacts, you can find a wrestling camp that fits your budget and needs.

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Wrestling gift guide: Dan Gable Museum releases 5 items for holidays

At $10, The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps makes a great stocking stuffer for the wrestler in your family. But if you are looking for a little something else then bidding on these great items is sure to please the wrestler or wrestling fanatic in your family. Check it out:

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is auctioning five special wrestling items in advance of the 2015 holiday season.

All proceeds from the auctions benefit the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing the sport of wrestling.

Contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or dgmstaff@nwhof.org with questions about the items.

Golf flag signed by Dan Gable and Zach Johnson
This flag from the 15th annual Dan Gable Celebrity Golf Tournament has been signed by 1972 Olympic champion Dan Gable and Zach Johnson, winner of the 2007 Masters and the 2015 British Open.

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Tom Brands and Brent Metcalf Olympic wrestling package
Package includes a signed Brent Metcalf singlet from his AGON wrestling event in Cedar Rapids (only three were made) and a signed print of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands and two-time NCAA champion Brent Metcalf.

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Iowa State wrestling print signed by Cyclone wrestling legends
Iowa State print signed by Iowa State legends Kevin Jackson, Dan Gable, Kyven Gadson and Stewart Carter.

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Iowa wrestling print signed by Hawkeye legends
Iowa wrestling print signed by Iowa wrestling legends Dan Gable, Tom Brands, Terry Brands, Brent Metcalf, Matt McDonough, Tony Ramos, Doug Schwab, Chuck Yagla, and Phil Keddy.

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Leaders print signed by Dan Gable, Tom Brands, and Doug Schwab
Former Iowa head wrestling Dan Gable, current Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands, and current Northern Iowa head wrestling coach Doug Schwab autographed “Leaders” print.

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