The Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program in International Falls is hosting a camp this Saturday (June 16) from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Falls High School gym.
The camp, which is free of charge, is open to all area youths from pre-school through Grade 8.
Split into two sessions, the first will feature guest coaches working on basic technique that all wrestlers will be able to practice, regardless of experience, from 9:30-11 a.m.
Then over the last hour, the session will focus on advanced techniques for the more experienced wrestlers.
“We had several new wrestlers join us after this past season, some as young as three years old, so we will keep the first session easy enough for anyone to follow along,” explained Mighty Mustangs' head coach Dan Schermerhorn.
“The guest coaches are a group of four from Frazee, Mn.," he noted. ”Two are current coaches and two are incoming college freshmen who will be wrestling for Concordia Moorhead this fall.
“There are multiple Minnesota state titles and top-six finishes on their résumés so they'll definitely bring some valuable information for our wrestlers and their parents,” Schermerhorn added.
As of Tuesday, eight Fort Frances youth wrestlers had registered for the camp so far.
Schermerhorn stressed the importance these off-season practices can have for young wrestlers.
“Developing good wrestling technique requires a lot of memorization and physical repetition, so even an occasional refresher like these summer practises can give kids a huge advantage going into the next season,” he reasoned.
“I want to emphasize that both boys and girls are welcome to join,” added Schermerhorn.
“Girls' wrestling is growing like crazy at the youth, high school, and college level,” he noted.
The Mighty Mustangs will be holding several open practices throughout the summer, and also have another open camp planned for Aug. 25.
“We will be doing a camp during the day and an outdoor tournament in Smokey Bear Park that night,” Schermerhorn said.
The camp and tournament will be part of the annual International Falls Bass Championship festivities.
There will be a fee for that camp but Schermerhorn noted the amount has yet to be determined.
“We are bringing in multiple-time national champion Jake Clark and two-time all-American Chris Thoresen to coach the camp,” Schermerhorn noted.
“We will be releasing flyers and more info about the camp soon, probably this coming week.”