Grapplers take to the mats
All-American wrestler helps instruct campers at annual summer clinic
It was hot and muggy inside the wrestling room at the Tonganoxie High multipurpose building Friday and Saturday, but nearly 20 young wrestlers endured the heat for the Tonganoxie Camp of Champions.
THS coach Jeremy Goebel, who was the camp organizer, said the wrestlers responded well despite the high temperatures.
"I was happy with the turnout," Goebel said of the 18 campers ranging in age from first grade to high school. "They were tired, but they learned a lot. If they can just take one thing from that camp, it was worth their while. We showed them a lot of things at that camp."
THS assistant coach Scott Underwood and former Nebraska-Kearney wrestler Adam Keiswetter also instructed youngsters at the camp.
Keiswetter was a three-time wrestling all-American and four-time academic all-American while at UNK.
"We got to learn a move from one of the best technicians," Goebel said, referring to Keiswetter. "He showed the kids his best move."
That move is known as the "Twister," a technique Keiswetter used that led to 64 pins while he wrestled for the Lopers.
"It's a legitimate move," Goebel said.
Although some of the moves might have been difficult for younger campers to grasp, Goebel's main focus for the younger grapplers was to get them interested in the sport. And, he said, to make it enjoyable.
"A lot of the parents said they had fun," Goebel said.
The THS coach also liked what he saw, not just from the younger wrestlers, but the high school wrestlers he'll be coaching again in the winter.
"Thing I was really happy about was seeing a lot of kids from my high school team there," Goebel said. "It really motivated me as a coach."