MARQUETTE, Mich.—USA Wrestling national team members and other highly nationally- ranked athletes are visiting Northern Michigan University for a 10-day camp in preparation for their upcoming international season.
The camp, which also includes resident-athletes from NMU’s Olympic Training Site, is traditionally held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“One reason we decided to take it up to Northern Michigan is that one of our goals at this camp is to bring our university-age guys together with our senior guys. It helps our university wrestlers because they get to work with the seniors. It helps our seniors, who are getting a lot of different partners. Coaches Rob Hermann and Aghasi Manukyan will run a great camp for the athletes,” said National Greco-Roman coach Steve Fraser.
Although many are visiting Marquette for the first time, eight out of the 28 visiting athletes are former NMU students.
Nate Engel, who attend NMU from 2007-2010 is one of those former athletes.
“I feel this is the place that made me the wrestler I am today,” said Engle. “There are many good memories here. I think it is important to help the younger athletes develop. This camp will also assist me as I continue striving to improve.”
Engel, currently ranked second in the nation at 55- kilograms, now wrestles for the United States Army. He also serves as an assistant coach for the Air Force Academy collegiate team.
At the conclusion of the camp, many of the athletes will travel to Colorado Springs to compete in the Jack Pinto Cup and the Dave Schultz Memorial International.