A great way to refine your skills in the off-season is to attend intensive wrestling camps or clinics. There are many wrestling camps to choose from, and all will be structured differently with varying techniques and philosophies. For a novice wrestler, selecting a camp can be difficult. But we hope this list of wrestling camps will help you discover one near you that will match your needs. Knowing your skill level and the type of instruction or training you need is the first step in choosing what will work best for you.
First, be sure you know what you want out of wrestling camps. Each camp is structured differently, and there are a lot of different options on where to go, how long to stay and what to learn. There’s also price to consider; top wrestling camps could cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, so it is very important that the camp you choose feels right to you.
You should also know what kind of wrestling camp you want to attend:
Choosing the right camp can be difficult in the beginning, but once you know what you need and what different camps offer, it gets a lot easier.
Wrestling tournaments provide student-athletes with an opportunity to see how they measure up against top recruits across the country and more importantly, it gives them a chance to compete in front of college coaches. While several different tournaments can prove to be advantageous—local and nationwide—there are a few that attract highly competitive recruits and colleges. Here is list of some of the most popular tournaments in the country:
Wrestling tournaments are a way for student-athletes to showcase their talent in front of college coaches and compete against top recruits. But before signing up, it’s important for recruits to do a little research and determine how they can benefit from attending, considering not all tournaments are the same. Specifically, they should factor in the style of wrestling at the tournament, as well as the tier of athletes participating.
Tournaments will fall under one of the three wrestling styles: Folkstyle, Freestyle or Greco Roman. Folkstyle has an emphasis on control, while Freestyle is all about exposure. In Folkstyle, takedowns are worth the same amount of points, and the opponent is responsible for escaping or reversing the bottom position. In Freestyle, takedowns are scored based on how the opponent is thrown and the goal is to pin or expose the opponent’s shoulders to the mat, while the opponent needs to avoid being turned or exposed. Greco is similar to Freestyle, but only upper body attacking is allowed. Even though college wrestling follows Folkstyle rules, coaches highly value recruits who can remain competitive in Freestyle and Greco, as well.
Additionally, some events are invite-only, while others welcome all wrestlers. It’s important to talk with your high school or club coach to determine which tournament would be best to attend based on the caliber of athletes competing there. And don’t forget that college coaches go to tournaments with a list of potential prospects already in mind. It’s best practice to email coaches highlight video ahead of time and establish a relationship with them, so you can get on their list.
Insider tip: Despite the impact that coronavirus had on college sports, as of June 1, 2021, the NCAA resumed its regular recruiting rules and activity! Coaches are actively working to fill their rosters, so student-athletes should be proactive in reaching out to coaches. Read up on how the extra year of eligibility granted to athletes who were most affected by the pandemic in 2020 will impact future recruiting classes.
If you ask a college coach what student-athletes should do to prepare for college wrestling, they’ll answer simply: compete. Camps are a great way to develop your technical efficiency and strategy, especially in the offseason, and wrestle in front of college coaches. Search the list of wrestling camps below to find one near you.
We are continuously adding new camps to this list, so check back often to find more camp opportunities!