Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2005

Wrestling with heat

Eudora athletes hitting mats at annual summer camp

July 21, 2005

Members of the wrestling squad have been getting together each Monday during the summer for a little conditioning in a loose atmosphere at Eudora High School.

However Monday was a little different as the wrestlers moved into a more serious phase of their preparation for the upcoming season and began camp sessions.

"This camp was much more about starting to work on every phase of the game," coach Bill DeWitt said. "It was definitely more structured than the open mat nights."

The camp began with drills concerning takedowns and other workouts where the wrestlers remained on their feet and continued with drills on the mat.

"We started with the foot work," DeWitt said. "The guys did so well out there that it just gets the energy level that much higher."

The more regimented practice sessions drew around 25 wrestlers on the opening night and similar numbers the rest of the week. Many of the returning athletes on the upcoming Cardinal squad participated in the camp, which also saw some incoming freshman and middle school wrestlers attend.

"It was great to see everyone there," DeWitt said. "The atmosphere was great and the enthusiasm was even better. The younger guys are here learning the system and the older guys are getting themselves ready to wrestle."

Although the importance of the camp could be measured in what happened inside the wrestling room, another important part is what will not be happening later.

"This camp is very important for us to get into the right frame of mind," DeWitt said. "After this is over, we will shut the wrestling stuff down so that the guys can focus on football or soccer or whatever they're going to do. So the work that we do here is going to help carry us into the season."

Even though the open mat nights were a good primer for the wrestling coach, the camp is where he really begins to get into the spirit of the upcoming season.

"When the camp starts, I really get excited," DeWitt said. "I've already started thinking about schedules and other aspects of the season, and it's still three months away."

DeWitt does have a concern as the camp winds down.

"The enthusiasm and progress during the camp was so good that we found ourselves running out of time," DeWitt said. "The drills were running so smoothly, and it seemed that everyone wanted to keep going."

The Eudora High School wrestling camp concludes Thursday.

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