No need for marshmallows at this wrestling camp

Alex Paul

125 wrestlers from across Oregon and a squad from Canada converged at the SHHS gym last week for the Santiam Mid-Intensive Wrestling Camp.

Husky Coach Steve Thorpe said the camp featured a mixture of competitive levels, from athletes working on their methods for next season, the members of the Oregon Junior National Team tuning up before their camp began this week leading up to their tournament to be held next week in Fargo, N.D.

“Some of these guys are just wanting to be better athletes and are doing what it takes, by putting in time after the regular season,” Coach Thorpe said.

They were treated to clinics led by talented national-level wrestlers as John Trenge, Lehigh University, who finished fourth at the Olympic trials earlier this summer. He is a two-time NCAA runner-up.

Matt Ellis, OSU PAC 10 champion and Luke Larwin, UO national qualifier also provided technique clinics.

“We had workouts on all three styles of wrestling,” Coach Thorpe said.

Sweet Home’s members of the Junior National team include Cadets: Jon Sutten, 119; Trevor Tagle, 140; and Colton Cooley, 145. Juniors: John Farris, 125 and Chris Kelley, heavyweight.

“Our guys will leave next Saturday for the national team camp to be held in Seaside,” Coach Thorpe said.

The local camp started with a morning run each day, following by technique training and live wrestling.

The afternoons were spent working out and also in fun activities that offered workouts such as chariot races, a tug of war, etc.

“The community was wonderful,” Coach Thorpe said. “The Rio opened up for us to see Spiderman II, which was great for the guys. Our cooks did an excellent job providing meals, led by Diana Bondeson. Our custodians were awesome. It was typical Sweet Home.”

About 30 Sweet Home wrestlers took part in the camp.

In addition to Husky coaches Thorpe, Tim Boatwright and Steve Hummer, also assisting were Neal Russo of Newberg, Steve Lander of Roseburg and Mike Simons of Thurston.

Coaches from Oregon State University and Southern Oregon University also visited the camp.

“We had a ton of help,” Coach Thorpe said. “I’m ecstatic about how it turned out.”