Wrestling Camps and Tournaments
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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.
2020 men’s college wrestling camps
Each year we pull together a list of every college men's wrestling camp in the country with the date and cost for each camp. However, most college camps scheduled for 2020 have been canceled due to the NCAA’s response to COVID-19. Please check with camp organizers for the most current information on camp availability. Keep checking back because we'll post 2021 summer camps here when details are available.
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How to choose the right wrestling camp
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:
- Technique Camps: These are for beginning wrestlers who want to gain a general understanding of basic skills and experience or who just want to focus on one part of their wrestling that needs improvement. Technique camps will expand your knowledge as a wrestler and expose you to higher skill levels of technique. Typically, technique camps are for learning and are usually non-intensive, so they are great for beginning wrestlers.
- Intensive Wrestling Camps: For wrestlers with more experience, intensive camps will help develop your skills further. These camps typically focus more on intense training needed at high levels of competition, so wrestlers are not only physically prepared, but also mentally prepared to compete. These camps typically stay away from learning new techniques, based on the assumption you already have a solid foundation.
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.
What are the biggest college wrestling tournaments?
Wresting 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:
- Super 32, Greensboro, NC - October (Folkstyle)
- Pre-Season Nationals, Des Moines, IA - October (Folkstyle)
- Ironman Invitational, Cuyahoga, OH –December (Folkstyle)
- Beast of the East, Newark, DE – December (Folkstyle)
- Reno Tournament of Champions, Reno, NV - December (Folkstyle)
- Powerade Christmas Tournament, Canonsburg, PA - December (Folkstyle)
- NHSCA's, Virginia Beach, VA - April (Folkstyle)
- US Nationals, Las Vegas, NV - April (Freestyle and Greco Roman)
- FloNational, Indiana, PA - April (Freestyle and Greco Roman)
- Fila Cadet World Team Trials, Akron, OH - May (Freestyle and Greco Roman)
- Disney Duals, Orlando, FL - June (Folkstyle)
- Cadet and Junior National Duals, Locations vary, but Oklahoma has been the most current destination - June (Freestyle and Greco Roman)
- Cadet and Junior Nationals, Fargo ND - July (Freestyle and Greco Roman)
What are the different types of wrestling tournaments?
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.
What are the best wrestling camps to attend?
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.