In preparation for the upcoming season, four members of the South Stokes wrestling team attended two different camps earlier this summer, one in Pennsylvania and one in Virginia.
The team departed for a wrestling camp held at Chestnut Ridge High School, located in New Paris, Pennsylvania, on June 14, having been invited by former West Stokes coach Greg Lasser.
“Pennsylvania is known for wrestling so it was good for them to work with different kids. The trip wasn’t a vacation, but it was nice for them to get to travel some place far away,” Chad Amos, South Stokes wrestling coach, said. “They did really well, they handled themselves and they held their own.”
One of the benefits of attending a camp in Pennsylvania, Amos said, is the fact that the majority of wrestlers in the state start the sport at an earlier age than most local athletes, noting that training with Pennsylvania athletes will make the South Stokes team more competitive.
Team members who attended the camp included rising sophomores Lowell Shotton, Steven Fatz and Cooper Ross, as well as rising freshman Jackson Boles.
Amos said that he was particularly happy to have many of the underclassmen on the team attend the camp, noting that attending camps like the one at Chestnut Ridge High School assist them over the next few years of their wrestling careers.
Amos noted that for the 2015-2016 school year the wrestling team had a total of 12 wrestlers.
“One hundred and sixty pounds and down I think we’re going to be pretty competitive,” Amos said of the upcoming season, noting that he hopes to recruit football players to fill some of the higher weight categories.
“The kids who come out are hard workers and they’re dedicated,” Amos said of the team, noting that wrestling isn’t a team sport and the team member’s dedication levels have to be even higher.
Following the Pennsylvania camp, the team also attended the Grandy Camp that was held at Hampton and Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia.