Wrestlers see new opponents at UNK camp
Have wrestling shoes, will travel.
Tonganoxie High coach Jeremy Goebel and 16 THS wrestlers made their way to Kearney, Neb., last week for a camp on the Nebraska-Kearney campus.
Each wrestler worked on fundamentals at the camp and competed in matches against other campers.
Incoming senior Hunter Samuels, who went 8-3 during the camp, was given a Hustle Award, one of just a handful awarded during the camp, which attracted about 320 grapplers.
"I think that will be his turnaround for the coming year," Goebel said. "He's just tough. He wrestled smart."
One of Samuels' victories came against Plainville's Paul Owings, the Class 3-2-1A runner-up in the 112-pound division in February.
Tonganoxie wrestlers took on opponents from across Kansas and Nebraska. A team from Arizona even made the trip. Norton, a Class 3A school in northwest Kansas, won the overall competition.
On Tuesday, Goebel attracted a few Nebraska-Kearney grapplers to Tonganoxie.
The THS coach, who wrestled at UNK, is sponsoring a clinic for youth wrestlers. The camp runs through Thursday.
Campers ages 5 to 13 go in the morning, while grapplers age 14 to 18 go in the afternoon. The camp is being conducted in the THS fieldhouse just south of Beatty Field.