MARQUETTE—The United States Olympic Education Center will host the Big Brother Greco-Roman Camp May 2-7 in the Superior Dome.The camp will provide training for high school and college athletes who wish to further their Greco-Roman wrestling skills and knowledge.
The Big Brother camp will be coached by USOEC head Greco-Roman coach and Olympic Silver Medalist Dennis Hall and assistant coach Willie Madison. Participants will have a chance to train alongside Olympian Spenser Mango and World Team Member Chas Betts.
All USAW All-American wrestlers may apply. If wrestlers meet one of the following qualifications, the camp fee is waived: top six at 2009 University Nationals; top four at 2009 FILA Junior Nationals; top six at 2009 Junior Nationals; top four at 2009 Cadet Nationals; top four at 2009 Cadet FILA National Team Trials; or top six at 2010 NCAA Division I Championships. If wrestlers do not meet any of the previous criteria, they may still attend the Big Brother camp for a fee of $50 per day plus an additional camp fee of $120.00.
Mango said participating in this camp will be a good chance for athletes to advance their wrestling training.
“One role that myself and others will be playing is to mentor the kids by showing them techniques we’ve learned over the years and give them a jump start on Greco-Roman training,” said Mango. “Coaches have different training ideas and after this camp the kids will be able to go back home and take what they have learned from the USOEC and help their teammates.”
Madison said that the main focus of the camp is to improve on the basic fundamentals of Greco-Roman wrestling.
“It is designed to give the younger guys an idea of what it’s like to train at the Olympic level and receive training from national coaches,” said Madison. “Our goal is to inspire kids to wrestle Greco-Roman or to have the opportunity to compete at the Olympic or World level.”
In order to reach the Olympic or World level, wrestlers must have a good knowledge of the sport and variety of styles of wrestling. Many wrestlers along with Mango acknowledge that athletes in different countries have a better head start in the sport.
Mango said, “A big problem in the U.S. is athletes get a late start on Greco techniques. When you go overseas, there are younger kids who are doing the types of training that older athletes in the U.S. are just starting. Through this camp we can help the participants get a better start and understanding of the sport. That way if they compete internationally, they will not be as far behind.”