World Champion Terry Brands and elite wrestlers from the NCAA wrestling powerhouse University of Iowa will be in town next week to teach wrestling to local athletes and wrestlers from throughout the Four Corners region.
The staff includes Michael Martinez, Daren Hockett and Joe DuCharme, all graduates of Pagosa Springs High School who have competed or are currently competing at the collegiate level. Each of these collegiate athletes trained at the camp in their high school years, and their success can be attributed in part to this experience.
One of the unique opportunities the camp always offers is exposure to wrestlers from great programs outside the United States. This year’s special guest is Anatoly Petrosyan. Petrosyan is currently a resident coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and is best known in the U.S. as Rulon Gardner’s coach in the Olympic games of 2000. In one of the best known wrestling matches in United States history, Gardner upset 12-time World and Olympic Champion Alexander Karelin to win the Olympic gold medal.
Of Armenian descent, Petrosyan was brought up and trained in the former Soviet Russian wrestling system. Before coming to the United States 20 years ago, he lived and coached wrestling in Azerbaijan. Coaches and athletes alike are treated there to training methods and perspectives that only a few in the U.S. have access to. Petrosyan will conduct the first teaching session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening.
Technique session schedule is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday. Competition between teams follows every afternoon and evening.
Local wrestlers, upper elementary age and older, are invited and encouraged to attend, free of charge. If interested, call coach Dan Janowsky, 264-4554, to register.
The camp is open to the public and anyone is welcome to drop by and get a look at world class athletes and teachers in action.