Archive for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New coach has similar style at wrestling camp

July 15, 2009

Eudora wrestling coach Jason Tharp knows he has some big shoes to fill in replacing Bill DeWitt. But Tharp, who spent the past couple years as assistant coach, is making the transition a seamless one.

At Eudora’s wrestling camp last week, Tharp and campers were doing some of the same drills and techniques they were already accustomed to.

“That’s the nice thing about the transition. A lot of the same language and stuff we do is going to be similar,” Tharp said.

While Tharp plans to keep things similar to what DeWitt did, the experience level at camp varied quite a bit.

“We have such a wide range of kids here,” Tharp said. “We have four or five here tonight that have never wrestled before in their lives and we have some that have been wrestling since they were six years old.”

Tharp said that by having so many athletes at different skill levels, he used the camp to give each wrestler a foundation to work from.

“It’s a large mix of knowledge and we try to water it down as much as we can and give everybody a baseline so when the season starts, they know what I’m talking about,” Tharp said. “So giving them somewhere to start is the main goal of this.”

Tharp said that over the course of the week, they focused on a different technique each day, including neutral, top, bottom and pinning combinations. There was also a wrestling tournament on the final day of camp. Tharp, who also is an assistant coach on the football team, currently has no assistant coaches on the wrestling staff. But he said filling those positions wouldn’t be a problem.

“We’re still in the process,” he said. “And the nice thing about wrestling is it doesn’t start until November. So we’ve got some time. There are a few guys who have expressed interest and I’ve expressed interest in them. And we’ve just got to get them signed on and ready to go. There are a lot of good wrestling people in this town.”

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