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E-Hawk Wrestlers Participate In Great Lakes Camp

By Staff | Aug 11, 2015

What do you get when you combine a Dutchman, Indian, E-Hawk, Warrior, and a Pioneer? You get a wrestling camp that combines camping, boating, fishing, and wrestling in three days!

The Emmetsburg wrestl-ing team has had a busy summer with each camp providing a specific purpose,

“Our kids went to camps specifically to get wrestling matches (Grandview & Algona), technique (Pocahontas), and we wanted to finish off our summer with the Great Lakes Camp to focus on team-building,” E-Hawk Head Wrestling coach Jared Pickett noted.

The idea of the camp first started during last wrestling season and the 5 coaches involved (MOC-Floyd Valley, Spirit Lake, Emmetsburg, Sergeant-Bluff, and Okoboji) hammered out the details. Eventually the coaches secured two outstanding clinicians: Cody Alesch, Head Wrestling Coach at Iowa Lakes and Colton McCrystal, University of Nebraska wrestler.

The coaches eventually settled on Spirit Lake’s athletic complex as a location because of its ability to accommodate tents and its proximity to West Lake Okoboji. The camp drew approximately 75 students and is projected to grow to 100 for next year’s camp.

Coach Pickett loved the experience, “This is exactly what being involved with any activity is all about. We didn’t stay inside and play video games or watch TV. We tented, fished, swam, tubed, boated, kayaked, slept on benches, lifted, ran, played ultimate Frisbee, wrestled, got really sun burned, played games, talked, ate pancakes, and most of all had fun while doing it!”

Zach Yates, an incoming freshman at Emmetsburg echoed Coach Pickett’s statement, “I got better and had fun while doing it.”