Wrestling camps: A key part of any successful wrestling training program

Wrestling camps are great opportunities to learn and improve as a wrestler. Whether it’s an individual or team camp, wrestlers of all ages can benefit from summer wrestling camps. Troy Nickerson, a four-time NCAA All-American and national champion at Cornell, is now the head coach at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where he runs Troy Nickerson’s Northern Colorado Wrestling Camps.

Attending summer camp allows a wrestler to become exposed to different clinicians, coaches and training partners who all have with different wrestling styles and techniques, says Nickerson.

“No two wrestlers are the same and that is something that makes the sport so great,” says Nickerson. “By exposing oneself to many coaches and training partners, one can really begin to decipher what areas they would like to continue to improve on and what areas they are already well versed.”

A product of Chenango Forks, N.Y., Nickerson was one of the most highly regarded prep wrestlers in the country coming out of high school. He won five New York high school state championships and six national high school championships. Nickerson went on to succeed under head coach Rob Koll at Cornell and is now leading a UNC program on the rise.

“Wrestling is a sport about dedication and hard work,” says Nickerson. “It has grown away from being the traditional one season sport and is continually approaching a year round activity. By attending wrestling camps, one is at a competitive advantage by simply putting in the time. The next piece, and most important, is making sure one attends summer camp with an open mind and eager to learn.”

Wrestling camps help wrestlers get out of their normal routine, train with different workout partners and learn from other coaches.

“As wrestlers, we can often become very stagnant in a particular training environment,” says Nickerson. “By forcing oneself to get out of his/her comfort zone, we become more comfortable with the unknown. Being in a one-on-one combat sport, it is impossible to predict how your opponent will reach to a leg attack or a stand up. By learning a multitude of wrestling techniques as well as exposure to many workout partners, one can get a real feel for almost any situation that comes about.”

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