Hall County high school wrestling proved that it’s big enough for its own summer camp this week. The bulk of the county’s wrestling programs, minus Chestatee and Riverside Military, met up at Flowery Branch for the two-day Hall County Wrestling Coalition that wrapped up Wednesday at the school’s gym.
Approximately 100 wrestlers showed up in Flowery Branch and were instructed on all aspects on being successful on the mat. Wrestlers broke off into groups for mat time. They also were able to hear coaches give individual talks about specific wrestling moves and techniques.
“With as much wrestling talent as there is in this county, it was very competitive,” said Flowery Branch coach Shane Millwood, who floated the idea for such a camp back in the spring.
The format broke down to two hours of instruction from the coaches, then an hour to get out the mats, said North Hall coach Jay Hargis.
And all the coaches were in favor of pooling their knowledge together for the benefit of the athletes that attended the afternoon sessions.
“We really enjoyed it,” Hargis said. “After listening to these coaches talk, I see why they have teams that are so hard to beat.
“They really know their stuff.”
Another popular feature of having a home-spun camp for the high school athletes was that it eliminated the cost of traveling to a camp, and drivers didn’t have to fill the gas tank to get there.
Millwood feels like the quality of sparring was comparable to what wrestlers would receive away from home.
“Money’s tight for people right now,” Millwood said. “This was a great way for the kids to get a lot of good work in without the cost.”
For Hargis, the timing couldn’t have been better. The Trojans held their own camp in the mornings this week, then were able to put into motion what they talked about against athletes from another school.
One of the most highly regarded speakers was long-time Hall County coach Paul White, a Georgia Chapter Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. With the turnout for the event, they are already planning to hold the event again next summer.
Still, most programs will take part in other clinics and camps during the summer. Many plan on attending the Fellowship of Christian Athletes wrestling camp next week at the University of West Georgia.
Some of the high school wrestlers in Hall County are also going to team up to form a unit to compete next week at the Militia Duals at the Suwanee Sports Academy.