Olympian Rulon Gardner to be at Nebraska Elite Wrestling Camp in Norfolk

The Nebraska Elite Wrestling Camp is coming to Norfolk, Nebraska and its bringing a heavy-hitter lineup with it.
Rulon Gardner, one of the most decorated wrestlers in the history of the University of Nebraska, and a former Olympic Champion, will be making an appearance at the two-day camp, according to Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council.
“Rulon is one most storied wrestlers in the history of United States wrestling. He shocked the world when he championed an unbeatable opponent, causing the biggest upset the Olympics has ever seen,’’ Norfolk Family YMCA Youth Activities Director Kristie Steffen said. “Rulon is not only going to speak to the kids about mental toughness and pre-match jitters, he is also going to be a clinician, teaching vital techniques such as take-downs and escapes.’’
The camp, which is being hosted by the Norfolk Family YMCA is fast approaching. In fact, camp dates for boys and girls in grades 3-8 are July 20-21. The deadline to register is Monday, July 16. The camp will be limited to 390 participants. Steffen said the camp fee is $75. She said team discounts are also available by contacting the YMCA at (402) 371-9770. Campers can download a paper registration by going online: www.norfolkymca.org
Ms. Steffen said the camp will draw participants from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. “We were getting a lot of interest before we found out Rulon was coming to Norfolk. With his presence, we’re hoping for a full camp,’’ she said.
Fuehrer said this event is a perfect example of how the Norfolk Area Sports Council is working with community members to bring activities to the Norfolk Area. “Kristie (Steffen) is marketing this event over a three-state area, so we’re bracing for another big summer weekend in Norfolk,’’ Fuehrer said.
In addition to Gardner, Nebraska Elite is bringing in four UNL varsity wrestlers, including All-American Josh Ehnen, who possess extensive experience and a wide range of skills. “They are determined to help develop and enrich the young people and future of our communities,’’ Ms. Steffen said. “It is more than just a technique camp. It goes beyond the mat to prepare you mentally and physically by establishing a solid foundation you can build upon for years to come.’’
Steffen said campers will learn new and traditional techniques with Josh Ian, a true UNL All-American. They will gain mental toughness with Ross Grande, named Nebraska’s Most Dedicated Wrestler, who earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.  They will learn proper preparation and how to drill correctly with Michael Klinginsmith, a genuine Nebraska native, and they will explore strategies for success with Skylar Galloway, a UNL varsity wrestler.
The Nebraska Elite Wrestling Camp features technique and conditioning. “Campers will learn the three most critical aspects of wrestling – technique, conditioning and strength,’’ Ms. Steffen said.
“Drills and curriculum are designed so campers learn and retain as much as possible. Repetitive drilling is essential for knowledge and retention.
“Each camper will be taught how to prepare themselves mentally and physically for competition, including pre-match jitters, goal setting, motivation, mental toughness, focus, scouting opponents, nutrition, weight control and avoiding injury.’’
Ms. Steffen also said there will be live wrestling and group building exercises. “Through drilling, conditioning, group building exercises, live wrestling and our clinician’s direction, campers will develop their body and mind to take their performance to the next level,’’ she said.