The Black Hat

The Black Hat award was established in the early 1990s at the Oregon 14-Day Intensive Camp as a special recognition for the most deserving camper in each wrestling group. The idea originated from Army Ranger School in which a “Distinguished Honor Graduate” is chosen from each Ranger class.

Not wanting to choose just one wrestler as a lone Distinguished Honor Graduate, the recognition is spread out among all the wrestling groups in camp. We select one athlete from each wrestling group to be an Honor Graduate—what we call a Black Hat winner. Depending on the number of wrestling groups per camp, there can be anywhere from three to five Black Hats awarded at each camp.

We evaluate the wrestlers based on leadership within their wrestling and running group, support of other athletes during camp, and embodiment of the characteristics of the J7—Discipline, Dedication, Sacrifice, Hard Work, Responsibility, Accountability, and Service. 

Each Black Hat winner receives a Q&A to fill out at the end of camp. Read below to learn more about our award winners. 

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Iowa Intensive Camp: Jake Baldwin, Laine Frazee, Brock Henderson
Pennsylvania Intensive Camp: Kevin Kelly, Spencer Leonhardt, Andrew Marcucci, Hunter Olson
Minnesota Intensive Camp: Joseph Arroyo, Ryan Brown, Cale Davidson, Isaac Torrey, Eli Yoho
Oregon Intensive Camp: Austin Agazarm, Noah Hermosillo, Pat Mooney, Caleb Norman

Iowa

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From left to right: Laine Frazee, Jake Baldwin, Brock Henderson

Jake Baldwin
Coleman High School
Lena, Wisconsin

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

The Trident Challenge was my favorite part of camp because it tested you in so many ways. I knew if I came here it would get me to the next level and make me mentally stronger.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My dad because he is hard working and teaches me what is right and wrong.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My teammates and family because they push me to get better and when I need help they are there for me.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

That we have choices, and have the ability to do whatever we want with our life.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Those most important quality for a wrestler is to be mentally strong because when things get rough you have to fight through it.

To improve as a person I need to…

Learn how to say no and stand up for what is right.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Getting up in the morning and having to do a hard run while you are sore.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

I would tell them to always be on time, turn in what is due for that day, and run/wrestle a lot before camp.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling is different from other sports because it is individual yet a team sport. You can become as great as you want with no one but yourself holding you back.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Brett Pfarr, because he explained everything in great detail and lightened the mood when things got hard.


Laine Frazee
Fountain Central High School
Hillsboro, Indiana

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

The best part of this camp was the intensity that the staff had. I liked going hard every day. I came here to take my training to the next level.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is my coach Kameron Banes. He has taught me just as much about life as he has about wrestling, and I consider him my second dad because he has taught me that it takes more than glory to be considered great.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My God is my inspiration to wrestle. The good book says go let your light shine before man, and my light runs off of wrestling.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

To never give up, no matter how bad it hurts. Pain is temporary but glory lasts forever.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

A successful wrestler must have heart. To be successful you must win and lose with the same amount of pride and respect.

To improve as a person I need to…

Pay close attention to detail and work on the small things.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The hardest thing about camp was trying to keep mentally strong by overcoming all the physical beating.

What advice would you give to a future camper?
I would say give everything you have every time. Also, go and listen to the counselors, they know what they are talking about.


What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling is a sport formed off of survival, not only is it more physically demanding, but it is also mentally demanding. One wrong move, one split second and you are done.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

I believe all the coaches are some of the greatest guys you will ever see. They cover each other well, they balance each other well. For example, Woody’s intensity goes well with J’s knowledge.


Brock Henderson
North Linn High School
Coggon, Iowa

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part was all of the lessons I learned from the talks with J. I came to camp last year and I chose to come back to get my mind right again and win the Black Hat.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

Definitely J. How he lives his life and the things he does for others are incredible.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

Like most wrestlers in Iowa, it’s Dan Gable. His story and where he came from inspires many wrestlers.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The mental side of the sport and how you look at the world is everything, and how you can choose to have a positive attitude.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Their mental attitude and the way they look at the world. From there, they can accomplish almost anything they want to.

To improve as a person I need to…

Believe in myself and in the process.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The morning runs and workouts were the hardest part of camp. It didn’t matter how good of a wrestler you were, all that mattered was the effort you gave.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Take it one day at a time, and more specifically, one workout at a time.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

You don’t play wrestling like you play other sports. You have two warriors trying to beat each other up.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

J Robinson. The lessons he shared are life-changing.

Pennsylvania

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From left to right: Andrew Marcucci, Kevin Kelly, Spencer Leonhardt, Hunter Olson

Kevin Kelly
North Olmsted High School
North Olmsted, Ohio

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was hard practice because I really enjoy live wrestling and it’s where you can try new things.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My coach definitely. He’s the one who pushes me and helps me when times get tough.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My brothers because they wrestled at a young age and I followed in their footsteps.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

If nothing changes, nothing changes.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

The J7—Discipline, Dedication, Sacrifice, Hard Work, Responsibility, Accountability, and Service.

To improve as a person I need to…

Focus on myself and not just others.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The morning runs.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Always try your hardest and don’t just try to get by. Make a statement.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling isn’t just physical, it’s also mental.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

I would say Steve and Brett Pfarr because I wrestle like those two the most so I learned the most from them.


Spencer Leonhardt
Freedom High School
Morganton, North Carolina

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

The intensity level and to get better.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

Brett Boston. He’s a Christian and a great leader.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

That wrestling is a one man sport and you don’t rely on others.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

How to discipline myself, and the J7.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

A huge heart.

To improve as a person I need to…

Worry about myself, push all the negatives aside.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The mental pressure put on you.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Don’t get stressed out.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?
You have nobody to blame but yourself.


Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Brett Pfarr, he made things fun while teaching.

Andrew Marcucci
Absegami High School
Galloway Township, New Jersey

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was my first day because I was happy to be there. I chose to come to become a better wrestler.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

Jordan Burroughs because he is from New Jersey and he came from nothing to become an Olympic champion.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My uncle because he was a great wrestler at my school and I want to be better than him.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

How to push yourself harder when you think you can’t go any more.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

A good attitude towards wrestling but mostly the J7.

To improve as a person I need to…

To still push myself a little harder and to have self control when things don’t go my way.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Morning runs and hard practices.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

To get yourself in shape before you come and always work hard.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Whatever the outcome is, it is your fault, and no one else’s.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Chris Pfarr, because he helped me the most when I needed it.

Hunter Olson
Walsh Jesuit High School
Chesterland, Ohio
What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part was Red Flag Day because it was a straight grind. I chose to come here to get over the mental aspect of wrestling.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role models are my parents because of all the time they invest in me.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My inspiration to wrestle is to be a state champ and to be a national champ.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

Mental toughness.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

They must be a hard worker and be mentally strong.

To improve as a person I need to…

Have an open mind and work hard and get myself to the mental wall and get past it.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The hardest thing for me was being really tired and sore and having to wake up early and run.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

I would take naps whenever you have breaks. It will make you feel really better and ready to go.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It is a more mental game.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach at camp was Woody because I liked his intense workouts and he made me push myself.

Wisconsin

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From left to right: Cale Davidson, Isaac Torrey, Eli Yoho, Ryan Brown, Joseph Arroyo

Ryan Brown
Lakewood Ranch High School
Lakewood Ranch, Florida

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was the sprints at the very end of camp during the celebration.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My dad. He is a good person and has me push myself in everything that I do.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

Coach Pat is my inspiration to wrestle, as he made me believe I can do anything I set my mind to.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The most valuable thing I learned is that I can always work to better myself and my future.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

The most important quality a wrestler must have is dedication.

To improve as a person I need to…

Learn to push myself harder when I want to quit.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The hardest thing about camp is trying to stay motivated to get all the positives you can and not coast.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Push yourself when you want to give up and it will pay off in the end.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling is the hardest sport both physically and mentally.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Skylar Petry. He would make sure I was pushing myself on all the runs and practices, as well as motivate me through camp.

Cale Davidson
Goddard High School
Wichita, Kansas

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part was having the opportunity to be pushed harder than anywhere else.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My dad. He knows how to work his way through life problems.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My inspiration is knowing that I have the capability to be the best in the room.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

That you can ALWAYS push yourself harder no matter what.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Consistency and a willingness to make yourself uncomfortable in training.

To improve as a person I need to…

Be consistent and true to my word always.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Morning runs and the relentless practices.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Go hard from day one and get all you can benefit from this camp.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It’s obviously harder, takes more time to be good, and not as appreciated or popular.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

The Karaborni brothers. They respected me and always pushed me.

Isaac Torrey
Forest Hills Central High School
Grand Rapids, Michigan

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part about camp was having buddies to help get you through camp. I chose to come back because I knew I would get better.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

I look up to my father because he is an extremely hard worker and I want to be like him.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My brother is my inspiration because he wrestled in high school and he pushes me to be my best.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The most valuable thing I learned at camp was that relationships are important when tough times come.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

The most important quality a successful wrestler must have is the will to work hard.

To improve as a person I need to…

Find more ways to give back to the less fortunate.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The hardest thing about camp was getting excited for the next practice.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

I would tell a future camper to get in shape before camp.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling is much more of a mental battle than any other sports I have participated in.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach at camp was Brett Pfarr because he took me aside and drilled with me during practice.

Eli Yoho
Woodridge High School
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

I’m a former 14 day camper and I liked how hard it was, so I went to the 28 day for more.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My older brother Josh, because he is a loving, kind person and a hard worker.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

Dan Gable. He was the best and didn’t care what other people thought of him.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

Money management and the other life skills in the J7.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Hard work.

To improve as a person I need to…

Stay true to my word and act when I decide to do something.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Waking up every day knowing you have to repeat it again the next day.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

One day, one practice at a time, and go out trying to be the best and get the Black Hat.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It’s not fun. The only fun thing about wrestling is winning.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Ethan Sherertz, because he was funny and helpful and I liked his personality.

California

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From left to right: Austin Agazarm, Pat Mooney, Caleb Norman, Noah Hermosillo

Austin Agazarm
Gulf High School
New Port Richey, Florida

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

Working hard on Sundays in order to get the night off. I came here to get better and to change.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My brother AJ. He is a great example to follow and he is always pushing me.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My whole family, it runs in the blood. I was born into wrestling.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

How to push past my limits and be the hardest worker.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Discipline.

To improve as a person I need to…

Never stop pushing.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Getting warmed up when you have to push past the soreness.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Never assume anything!

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

You don’t play wrestling, you have to be a warrior.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Coach Pfarr. He was the perfect mix between cool and personable, he knew everyone’s name, and he pushed you.

Noah Hermosillo
Eagle Valley High School
Gypsum, Colorado

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was hard practice. I chose to come here to improve both physically and mentally in wrestling.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My dad, because he is the one who taught me how to wrestle and took me to that first practice. Also he helped me every step of the way to the point I am at now.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My inspiration to wrestle is simply the fact that its fun, and I want to know what it’s like to be on top of the podium and see all my hard work pay off.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

I learned that I could be working a lot harder and that this is just the start of a new journey.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Leadership, because in order to be a leader you must be dedicated, hard-working, and persistent.

To improve as a person I need to…

I need to continue this work when I get home, stick up for the less fortunate, and be a leader in the community.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Probably the first 3 days, just because we weren’t used to the schedule and were sore all over our body.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Just stay positive and remember what you came for. And listen to J!

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It’s individual and hard not only physically but mentally. Also everything it teaches you will stick with you until the day you die.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Coaches O’Connor, Skylar, and Matt because they’re super nice to everyone and outgoing and taught me personally. They also taught great technique.

Pat Mooney
Southern Regional High School
Manahawkin, New Jersey

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

Red Flag Day because I love going live and riding kids out. I came here because I did the 28-Day camp last year.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My cousin Cody because he’s a hard worker and is pursuing his dream of getting into the UFC.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

I just love when an opponent breaks. It shows your dominance and that’s why I wrestle.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

That every little thing you do adds up, and always give a helping hand.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Discipline.

To improve as a person I need to…

Surround myself with the right people, and make sacrifices sometimes.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Once you got done with each day, you knew it was just going to repeat tomorrow.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

It may be hard, but in the end it’s all worth it. Take it one day at a time.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

When you win it’s all on you, and the same when you lose.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Miles because he would go live with me almost every day and would make me work hard.

Caleb Norman
Sugar Salem High School
Sugar Salem, Idaho

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part was the hard wrestling because it is so difficult. I came here because I want to be a 4-time state champ.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

I look up to my grandfather because he is a hard working man.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My inspiration to wrestle would have to be the Mormon wrestler Matt Brown.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

I learned how to flow into my shots.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

A wrestler must be able to like hard work in order to succeed.

To improve as a person I need to…

Be more serious.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

My roommates.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

I would tell them to make sure to take camp one day at a time.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It is both physically and mentally demanding.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach at camp was Skyler Petry because he is small like me and very nice.



Iowa Intensive Camp
: Jeremy Schoenherr, Cael Carlson, Michael Otomo
Pennsylvania Intensive Camp: Dylan Cole-McChesney, Ben Barton, Spencer Woods, Eli Yoho
Minnesota Intensive Camp: Charlie Klepps, Coby Moore, Brendon Vladic, Isaac Torrey, Jamarcus Grant
Oregon Intensive Camp: Phillip Zamora, Jake Howerton, Jeremiah Smith, Dion Jones

Iowa

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Jeremy Schoenherr
Stratford HS
Stratford, Wisconsin

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

The Navy SEAL Trident Challenge. I chose to come here because I wanted to push myself, and this camp has a great reputation of pushing wrestlers to the max.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is David Taylor because he is a great wrestler, a hard worker, and an all-around cool guy.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My dad and my grandpa inspire me to push myself and wrestle. They're both wrestlers, and love to be around the sport as much as I do.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The most valuable thing I learned at camp is that to get better, you must get uncomfortable and do what you need to do, not what you want to do.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

A hardworking attitude is the most important quality a wrestler must have.

To improve as a person I need to…

Be more open and understanding to the younger kids who look up to me.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The night and morning runs when you are sore and really don’t want to do any physical activity.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Prepare for camp. Wrestle intense workouts, lift weights, run distance and sprints.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

I can’t depend on anyone but myself. What I put into wrestling is what I get out of it.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Darius Wright. I have known him before camp, and he is really funny and great to hang out with.


Cael Carlson
Willmar HS
Pennock, Minnesota

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was competing, I also really loved resting and hanging out with my roommate Michael Otomo (another Black Hat winner). I chose to come here because I knew that if I wanted to win I had to take a step to get ahead of my opponents.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is my father, Chad Carlson, a former Golden Gopher wrestler. He is my role model because he has always been there for me and pushed me even when I didn’t want to be pushed. He always does everything as hard and as well as he can. That’s what makes him the person I want to be like.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My mom is my inspiration, I see her always doing things to better us kids and do the right thing. She knows what has to be done and what is right.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

I learned how to work hard but make it fun, and I learned how to push myself to the very limit.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

The right mindset, and determination.

To improve as a person I need to…

Learn to say no to get better at the things I love and learn to be for those who need direction and leading in their lives.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Getting up every morning and giving the day every ounce of energy I had and being away from home.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Sometimes counselors seem like they’re being really mean but really they’re just being that way to push you and make you better.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It’s hard. It takes a mentally strong person to be able to do well in the long run. Wrestling is always changing and so you need to be able to problem solve and adapt.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach was Joe Nord. He always pushed me. He always seemed to know what I needed to work on and would help me with that. He’s an awesome guy.


Michael Otomo
Dover-Eyota HS
Eyota, Minnesota

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

Sleeping and chilling with my roommate Cael that also won the Black Hat. I came here because I wanted to get better.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is Jordan Burroughs. He’s hard working and has high goals in life.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My mom and my dad. They’ve done so much for me, so I have to give them something in return and that is a state title.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

Work hard every day and take it 1 practice at a time.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Mental toughness and dedication.

To improve as a person I need to…

Use what J taught me at this camp and use it every day.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Doing the workouts while my body was sore.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Come in shape before the camp and take it 1 practice at a time. Also, take naps in between sessions.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

The grind. It’s only you and your opponent out on the mat and the better guy wins.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Jordan Rothers. We were always making jokes towards each other.

Pennsylvania


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Dylan Cole-McChesney
Northglenn HS
Northglenn, Colorado


What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

It was when I thought there was no more energy left in me that the counselors always proved me wrong.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model I look up to is my uncle because he has gone so far in his life and I would like to do the same.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My dad would have to be my drive to wrestle because I just love impressing him every day.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

How far I can push myself.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

I live by two things when I wrestle: never give up, and any given day, anybody can be beat.

To improve as a person I need to…

Always push myself to go further than I think I can.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The morning runs were hard on my body, not just physically but mentally.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Go to a counselor if you need help with anything. Keep your head up no matter what, and it is ok to cry.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It’s very hard and selfish because when I win I get all the credit and when I lose I know it was because of me.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach was Brett Pfarr. He always had a good attitude with me and was always there to help me.


Ben Barton
Trinity HS
Louisville, Kentucky

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

Wrestling live with the coaches when we got the chance.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is Dalton Lunde. He looked after me and told me I could win the Black Hat if I put my mind to it.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My high school coach, because I could never let him down and he is the reason why I started.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

How to be more responsible.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

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To improve as a person I need to…

Surround myself with good people that will bring me up.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The running was the hardest part of camp.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Come to camp already in good shape.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling isn’t fun unless you win.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Dalton Lunde, because he told me I could win the Black Hat if I just pushed myself harder.


Spencer Woods
Kotzebue HS
Kotzebue, Alaska

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

Red Flag days because they were so challenging.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

I look up to my teammates, Joshua Roetman, because he is supportive, caring, and is always trying to get me to be better.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

I wrestle because it is rewarding. It is not a team sport. It’s my will against his, and when he breaks I smile.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

Hard work always pays off.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

The ability to adapt to any conditions.

To improve as a person I need to…

NA

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Not getting a lot of sleep.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Be ready to change.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

You have to have more than talent and physical ability. You have to have heart.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Joe Nord. He saw what I needed to work on and helped me fix it.


Eli Yoho
Woodridge HS
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

Waking up and doing morning workouts. They were hard but after it was over I always felt good.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

J Robinson, because he is so knowledgeable and smart and I learned a lot from him.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

All my brothers wrestled but they were never as good as me and I want to make them proud in my wrestling.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The J7

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Mental toughness, discipline, and dedication.

To improve as a person I need to…

Be a leader.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Hard practice and morning workouts.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Try to get the Black Hat by working hard and creating goals.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It’s a warrior sport and it is only you out there without any help.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Joe Nord was my favorite because of his way of teaching and leadership.

Minnesota


Group Picture Smaller MNFrom left to right: Isaac Torrey, Jamarcus Grant, Brendon Vladic, Charlie Klepps, Coby Moore

 

Charlie Klepps
Billings Senior HS
Billings, Montana

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was the soccer tournament and Red Flag days. I like Red Flag days because I like short, intense practices. I chose to come here because people think I should’ve at state and so I want to beat everyone next year.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is Trent Sprenkle because he’s the first All-American to come out of Montana. He went to my school, also, He upset Matt McDonough to become an All-American, and he wrestles with me twice a week.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

The feeling I get after winning is my inspiration. Wrestling is the hardest sport. Period. Winning in the hardest sport on the planet gives me the best feeling in the world.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

You can function when you’re tired. It’s probably something everyone claims, but I really felt like I got to new limits.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

1.       Mental Toughness – Don’t get caught up in opponents and all that nonsense. 2.  A big heart – wrestling is all about who wants it late in a match.

To improve as a person I need to…

Study hard the whole school year, not just the last 3 weeks. I also need to tone down my competitive side when I’m not competing.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The hardest part for me was being away from home for so long. It made going to practice harder than it already was.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Be prepared for what you’re about to do! It is as hard as people say. Don’t quit for any workouts. Don’t just survive each day, thrive! Work hard all the time.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling is the only sport that wears on you so much physically and mentally. You are all alone out there. There’s no one to blame but yourself! It makes it nerve-wracking, but you have to love it!

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach was Nathan Rose because he understood how hard we were working, and he could always get me in a better mood when I was down.


Coby Moore
Bay City Western HS
Pinconning, Michigan

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp is wrestling live at hard practice. I also like competing with others and pushing myself.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

A role model for me would be my dad, and also my coach Joe. They’re both great wrestlers and great people.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My dad is my inspiration and I want him to be proud of me. I am very competitive and I want to be the best.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

I learned to break through the wall and always keep pushing.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Motivation, drive, and self-discipline.

To improve as a person I need to…

I need to learn how to work with others, be more kind, and give back.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

To try my hardest every practice and to give it my all, all the time.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Never stop working hard, you can always do more, and if J says “missing something?” to you, you’re going to do push-ups!

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling is 2 men pretty much fighting each other, or inflicting your will on the other man.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

I liked all coaches but I really like Josh Mora, he taught me a lot and was nice to me.


Brendon Vladic
Billings Senior HS
Billings, Montana

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of the camp was the last Red Flag day, day 27. This day was exciting and was a day in which I accomplished 1 of my 50 goals.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is my father. He goes to the end of the world to help me get what I need to get in my life. He has done everything that I could ask and that’s why he is the biggest role model in my life.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

Trent Sprenkle is my inspiration to wrestle, and to continue to wrestle in college. I watched him wrestle and win 3 state titles, and my goal ever since then was to win state. He then went on to wrestle at NDSU and it is awesome to watch.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The most valuable thing that I learned at camp is mental toughness. During the camp, I had grueling workouts and I had to find a way to put the pain aside and get past the wall. This camp has shown me that I can always do 1 more.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

A positive mindset. A wrestler needs to be mean on the mat. He needs to inflict his will upon the other guy. The right mindset and attitude can help a wrestler go from good to great. Also, a wrestler must be coachable, and he must love wrestling and must want to learn new maxes and embrace the hardships that occur.

To improve as a person I need to…

Become a better leader, put people ahead of me in everything I do.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The hardest part of camp was the first week, physically. The third week was the hardest mentally and emotionally.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

If I had to give advice, I would come prepared physically. Workout as much as possible, Also, come with a positive mindset and take the camp 1 day at a time, or even 1 workout at a time.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling is both a team sport but each match is a fight between two people. There are also weight classes so even smaller people have an opportunity to succeed.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite and most helpful coach would be Jordan Kingsley because he helped me with my technique. He also helped with having a good time, joking when needed.


Isaac Torrey
Forest Hills Central HS
Ada, Michigan

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was having a variety of partners to learn different styles from. I chose to come here because my brother did the camp and I saw how much better he got.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model is my dad. He always helps me find opportunities to get better and work hard. He also taught me to never give up.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My brother is one of my biggest inspirations to wrestle because he was a wrestler and I want to make him proud.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

I think the most valuable thing I learned at camp is to be grateful for every part of my life.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

I believe the most important quality that a wrestler must have is the ability to sacrifice.

To improve as a person I need to…

Give back to the less fortunate when I have opportunities to.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

I would say the hardest part of camp was pushing through days that you felt the worst.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

I would tell a future camper to make sure to go to sleep as soon as you can each night because sleep is very important here.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

Wrestling is different from other sports because the mental toughness required is beyond comparison.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

I liked a lot of the coaches at camp but my favorite was Brett Pfarr because he made us work hard and he knows how to lighten the mood.


Jamarcus Grant
Century HS
Aloha, Oregon

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was the free time with the diverse people. I chose to come to camp because I want to prove to all the people who doubt me that I can be the best.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

Role models I look up to would be my dad and my coach Guy Takahashi. My dad because he always believed in me and he was liked by a lot of people because of how nice he is. My coach because he pushed me to my limits and because he isn’t a hypocrite and always lives up to his word.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

Winning. I don't necessarily enjoy the work and how tired I get but I love winning and I'm making the sacrifices of being a little tired just to be that much better at winning.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The most valuable thing I learned at camp was to never cheat myself.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Heart.

To improve as a person I need to…

Do more and do the most difficult things rather than the easiest.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Running without a doubt.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Never quite no matter how hard it gets. Just keep moving.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

You can never get through anything in wrestling without it being tough.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach was Darius Wright because he pushed me and was hard on me no matter what I did.


Oregon


Group Picture Smaller ORFrom left to right: Dion Jones, Phillip Zamora, Jake Howerton, Jeremiah Smith

Phillip Zamora
Laguna Hills HS
Ladera Ranch, California

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part was the hard wrestling. I came here to get mentally tougher so I can break my opponents.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

I would say my dad. He is always the one to push me and believe in me.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My dad. He put me in wrestling at an early age and showed me that it can teach me valuable life lessons.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

That I can push past any pain and nothing is impossible.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Always believe in the work you have put in.

To improve as a person I need to…

Continue to work hard every day.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The morning runs and the 2 mile buddy carries.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Continue to push yourself all 14 days.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

If you lose you are physically beat up and it is a grind for 6 minutes.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

Joe Nord. He was one of my first coaches here and he taught me the meaning of hard work.


Jake Howerton
Mt. Spokane HS
Spokane, Washington

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part about camp was getting those hard practices in. I chose to come here because it’s the number 1 camp in America and that’s what you got to do to be the best.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

A role model I look up to is my mom because she’s probably the most perfect person I know. She is hard working, kind, and does everything for me.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My dad was an inspiration to wrestle because he did it and it was his goal to get me better than he was, so he has helped me a lot to get where I’ve come.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The most valuable thing I learned at camp was something actually realistic where J said “You can get 1% better each day” and that’s what I focused on.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

Hard work and effort. If you don’t work hard you can’t get to where you want to go. Every wrestle has to work hard to be where they want to be.

To improve as a person I need to…

Do the simple things as in listening to parents, being nice to others, and basically focusing on God and going down his path.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

The hardest thing about camp was the first few days because we were just getting into it so it was a huge jump.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Listen to everything J has to say because it’s important, he gives you all the answers.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

It’s a grind, tougher than any other sport out there and it’s all on you and nobody else.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach at camp was tied between Chris Pfarr, Brett Pfarr, the Karaborni twins, and Josh Mora. They all pushed me the most and helped me on technique.


Jeremiah Smith
Rim of the World HS
Lake Arrowhead, California

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of the camp was the motivation every night because it really helped me have my goal of being a state champion become more realistic. I chose to come here because I want to get a college wrestling scholarship and this will give me a perfect boost.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My role model that I look up to is my grandpa. He was an amazing man who loved everyone, was well respected, hardworking, god fearing, and was an amazing role model to everyone.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My inspiration to wrestle is my dad. He has been my wrestling coach since I was a kid and he always will be. Everything he does hungers me for more wrestling.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

The most valuable thing I’ve learned at camp was how to work hard. How I know during wrestling season how I should be training.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

I believe the most valuable quality to be a successful wrestler is discipline.

To improve as a person I need to…

I need to become more outgoing and helpful to others.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Being away from my family.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Train hard before and bring a large fan.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

When you’re out on the mat it’s just you and your opponent. No one to blame and no excuses.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

My favorite coach at the camp was Darius Wright. He had the most inspirational words. My life has changed because of him.


Dion Jones
Legacy HS
Las Vegas, Nevada

What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

My favorite part of camp was on the last day when we all celebrated. I picked this camp because my parents told me about it.

Who is a role model that you look up to and why?

My older brother because he passed away and that’s the hardest thing I’ve been through. So when I’m struggling I think of him.

What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

My inspiration is that I know wrestling is one of the hardest things to do and I like challenges.

What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

When you are pushing yourself, not to stop because you always have more.

What's the most important quality that a successful wrestler must have?

The most important quality that a successful wrestler can have is being confident during and before a match.

To improve as a person I need to…

Pay attention to the little things in life.

What was the hardest thing about camp?

Waking up from naps or in the morning knowing you have to work hard.

What advice would you give to a future camper?

Don’t look at the rest of the week or days at camp, just focus on the workout now.

What makes wrestling different from other sports/activities you participate in?

There’s nobody to help you or blame for your performance on the mat.

Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

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2014

Iowa Intensive Camp: Chad Green, Adrian Molina, Michael Suda
Pennslyvania Intensive Camp: Josh Hibbs, Jacob Sandlin, Luke Rivera, Ryan Resnick
Minnesota Intensive Camp: Riley Palmer, Carlos Aucancela, Tanner Swinehart, Drake Healey, Matteo Ambriz
Oregon Intensive Camp: Ian Timmins, Alex Kudryashov, Seth Rich, Graysen Sorensen

 

Iowa

Iowa WebsiteFrom left to right: Chad Green, Adrian Molina, Michael Suda

Chad Green
Madison High School
Rexburg, Idaho

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: My role model that I look up to is my dad. He has always taught me how to work hard.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: My favorite part of camp was the hard wrestling practices because I was pushed past my limit and learned what hard work really meant.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Tom Giaimo, he started me off by pushing me to work my hardest.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: My dad and my older brother. They were great wrestlers and I’ve always wanted to be as good or better than them.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: How to work hard in everything I do.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Work hard, care about others more than myself, and never quit.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: A higher standard of hard work.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Being able to push through all four practices without going through the motions every day

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: To benefit from this camp you cannot just go through the motions.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: You can be the top ten in everything you do if you work harder than everybody else, you have a choice in everything.

 

Adrian Molina
University High School of Tolleson
Tolleson, Arizona

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: I look up to army rangers because they are some of the hardest working soldiers in the armed forces.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: My favorite part of camp was the hard wrestling sessions. I chose to come to the intensive camp because I wanted to push myself to new limits.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: My favorite coach at this camp was coach woody because h was very serious in getting us to work harder than we thought we could.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: My younger brother, Alexis Molina, was my inspiration to wrestler because h is the only person I could talk to most of the time

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: The most valuable thing I learned at this camp was going to my limits and pushing myself further to new limits to break

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Work hard to meet the standards I set myself in my philosophy.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: The biggest benefit the camp has provided me with was a controlled environment in which I could workout with intensity

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: The hardest thing at camp was doing the Rambo Run; 1000 yards and 250 pushups is extremely pushing past my limits

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: I tell all future campers to not stop moving, even if you are injured, get patched up and keep doing the best you can do.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: I learned how to meet and go past my standards in life as much as I learned one of the most memorable J Rob quotes of all, “if nothing changes, nothing changes”

 

Michael Suda
Pipestone Area School
Pipestone, MN

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A:My parents in Africa because they worked hard to take care of me so now I work hard.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: Hanging out with new friends

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Jayson Ness. He explains things and he has been where I am going.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: Tom Ploeger. He takes me to wrestling meets.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: To work hard and never give up

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Set goals and work hard to get them done

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: A mind set of getting it done

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Waking up early every morning

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: It teaches more than wrestling

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: Work hard, help others, and be humble.

 

Pennsylvania

PA WebsiteFrom left to right: Josh Hibbs, Jacob Sandlin, Ryan Resnick, Luke Rivera

Josh Hibbs
Indian River High School
Chesapeake, Virginia

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: My uncle Justin. He was a state champ and black hat winner as well and that was part of my motivation through camp.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: Meeting and wrestling with the college guys and because I wanted to get mentally tougher and push myself harder than ever before.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Coach Brett Pfarr. He was funny.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: My uncle Justin. I look at him and see where this sport has gotten him and its paid off.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: Everything is a mental game if you tell yourself you can do it you will but if you don’t that’s when stuff starts going wrong.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Take what J and this camp has taught me to use it in my everyday life.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: I can do anything if I put my mind to it.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Doing the workouts when you’re tired and sore.

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: If you want to make it through this camp a little easier you need to rest when you can and put the right food in your body

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: Time is precious. You’ll never get it back, so use it wisely. Also, when you think you can’t do anymore you’re just scratching the surface.

 

Jacob Sandlin
Plano West Senior High School
Plano, Texas

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: As far as wrestling goes, my inspiration came from older teammates that I look up to.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: My favorite part of camp was the feeling after getting a positive. My teammate tried to get me to come to camp last year, and I reluctantly came this year.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Roycraft was my favorite coach because of the love/hate relationship we shared.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: I am my own inspiration. I like tow wrestler to push myself and see how many walls I can break through.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: The most valuable thing I learned at camp is time efficiency. I learned that if you’re not early, you’re late.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Set attainable goals and make sure I accomplish them.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: The biggest benefit I gained is the mental strength.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: The hardest thing about camp is surviving the first 3-5 days of soreness.

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: I would advise a camper to create a checklist before going.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: I learned that hard work is noticed and appreciated. Consistency is key for success.

 

Ryan Resnick
Owen J. Roberts High School
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: My role model is my dad. He has always been there to support me and help me make it through anything.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: My favorite part of the camp was when we did the “I’m gonna be somebody” and the “I did it” chants. I came here to get the extra motivation I need to become a state champion.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Brett Pfarr because he is a really cool coach while also being able to push you and make you get to your wall and get around it.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: My inspiration to wrestler is Jordan Burroughs because he didn’t start off his career as an amazing wrestler, but he kept pushing and now he is an Olympic Champion.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: The most valuable thing I learned at camp was the fact that when you get to a wall and you feel like you can’t get through it you need to push through it, and get through that wall and when you do, that is when you get stronger physically and mentally.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: To improve as a person I need to follow the J7 – Discipline, dedication, sacrifice, hard work, responsibility, accountability, and service.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: It has increased my ability and mental toughness. I know I can do anything, which can help me for the rest of my life, not only with wrestling.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: The repetitive hard schedule, but that hard schedule is also what made you tougher at the end of the day.

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: Stay positive, it’s not supposed to be easy, if it was everyone would be here. Never give up, because YOU CAN DO IT!!

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: I’ve learned that staying positive on things can help make someone’s day a lot better. Also while at this camp I learned to take things day by day when the going gets tough.

 

Luke Rivera
Loudoun County High School
Leesburg, Virginia

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: My dad because he has always been by my side and supports me in everything.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: My favorite part about camp was hard practices. I chose to come here because I want to be the best

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Brett Pfarr was my favorite coach because he didn’t take crap from people and always pushed me to work harder.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: Luke Becker has always been my inspiration to wrestler because my dad coached him in high school and he became a very successful wrestler.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: Responsibility has been the most valuable thing I learned.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Be disciplined

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: I know how to work hard and what hard work means

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: The morning runs

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: Don’t think about the number of days in the camp.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: Life is too valuable to not work hard for what you want.

 

Minnesota

MN Website
From left to right: Riley Palmer, Matteo Ambriz, Drake Healey, Tanner Swinehart, Carlos Aucancela

Riley Palmer
Council Rock South High School
Richboro, Pennsylvania

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: I don’t have a role model that I look up to.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: My favorite part of camp was meeting new people. And I chose to come here because it helped me a lot when I came last year.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: My favorite coach was coach Roycraft because he would go out of his way to help me when I asked and was very knowledgeable and funny.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: I don’t have any single person but I would have to say anyone that is standing in my way to winning a state title.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: That you can always do more than you think.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Utilize all the life lessons that J has stressed to us

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: The biggest benefit would have to be the technique

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: I would have to say the running in the morning

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: I would tell them to take it one workout at a time

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: I learned some new technique and the lessons that J has taught us

 

Matteo Ambriz
Windsor High School
Windsor, Colorado

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: I look up to my coach because he has accomplished quite a lot in his life and I would like to do the same.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Coach Joshua Mora because he was able to push me and overall was very serious but when he did not need to be serious he was funny

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: My mom and dad.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: The most valuable thing was how to perform under pressure.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Start donating more of my time to the community

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: The ability to outwork my opponent.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Getting up every morning and having to push yourself to be your very best.

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: Do not worry about points just vie it your all and everything will be okay.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: I learned what I must do to become a better person overall and what it means to work hard.

 

Drake Healey
Iowa Valley High School
Marengo, Iowa

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: My grandpa, because he is the reason why I wrestle.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: Valley fair because I got to hang with friends, and I wanted to accomplish my goals.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Roycraft because he was super chill and hung out with us

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: My grandpa because he passed away and it has motivated me to make him proud

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: How to change.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Learn how to say no.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: Being able to work hard.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: The first week

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: Don’t count down the days

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: How to do the egg roll.

 

Tanner Swinehart
Central High School
Monmouth, Oregon

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: I look up to my dad because he has taught me to work hard and how to serve others.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: My favorite part was hard practice because it was fun and you wrestler which is what I love to do.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: John Roycraft because he is my cousin and he was fun to talk to. Also he put in extra time with me after practice.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: I just like the relationship between hard work and reward and you don’t have to have a certain body type to be successful.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: I learned that if I want something go and get it and work hard and you can get it.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: I need to study my scriptures and say my prayers more so that I can be the best version of myself.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: This camp has helped me realize that I can obtain my goals, it has also given me much more confidence in my goals.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Honestly I did not like the morning and afternoon runs. Sometimes those were just terrible but I did enjoy the lifts.

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: Be there to work hard and don’t be late. Tardies can kill your points.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: Joe Russell through his story taught me that I can win a national title because if he can get as good as he was when he was a junior in high school and then also respond the way he did to his accident I know I can win a national title.

 

Carlos Aucancela
Brentwood High School
Brentwood, New York

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: Even though it wound typical, my mother has always been my role model. I admire her for being both my mother and father. She has always led by example and someone like that is needed in your life.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: The soccer tournament was really fun, it was necessary to keep me sane. Doing straight workouts every day for 28 days will drive a man crazy.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: I think woody is a great coach just because he’s funny and knows how to get things done.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: I am inspired to wrestle by my little brother. He looks up to me so I am his role model and therefore motivates me to excel in wrestling as well as school.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: Probably the most important thing that I learned here was how to budget my time wisely and how to push myself.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: In order to improve, I feel like I need to stop dwelling in the past and just move on. For example, not hold any grudges.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: Mental strength. There were many times where I wanted to break but the thought of enjoying the feeling of success in the end held me together.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: The morning runs were probably the hardest workouts simply because it’s hard waking up early and functioning,

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: I would advise them to be on time and not procrastinate. Also learn to put your phone away at night, it is a big distraction and you will pay the consequence in the morning when you’re all tired.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: I think learning to appreciate and be thankful are important topics that I learned here. I also learned to take things little by little. In order to complete this camp, you must take it day by day.

 

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From left to right: Graysen Sorensen, Ian Timmins, Seth Rich, Alex Kudryashov

 

Graysen Sorensen
Grace Christian High School
Anchorage, Alaska

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: Isaac deaton. He’s an excellent wrestler, an all-american, and down-to-earth and a friendly person. Also a previous black hat winner himself.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: I wanted to get better at wrestling. My favorite part of camp is the wrestling during hard practice.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Brad dolezal or jayson ness.

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: State champs before me, because I want to be state champ too.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: To outwork everyone, to fight harder, and to learn good setups

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Read the bible more, workout daily, and stay humble bc I’m not better than anyone else.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: Greater match time intensity, better setups and driving doubles. Also the accomplishement of “doing it” 3 times.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Waking up after a nice nap to go to hard practice, or the morning runs.

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: Bring a fan or rent one before they sell out. Also seek to get the most out of hard practices, they can be fun.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: I learned better way to drive doubles, some hi-c setups and a whole plethora of other moves. I improved my work ethic and wrestling skill, learned more about being excellent in all that I do.

 

Ian Timmins
Wooster High School
Sparks, Nevada

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: I look up to Jordan Burroughs because he is a great wrestler but very humble.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: My favorite part of the camp was the practices. I decided to come because every one said it was so hard and I wanted to do it better than them.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Jason ness because he was hard on me but helped me

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: I wanted to be a gladiator what I was young and wrestling was the closest thing to being a warrior and I learned to love it

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: Time management

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Help others more and use my time better

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: The biggest benefit is the life skills that we learn

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Then hardest thing for me was after I got my first positive I knew I couldn’t let up so I had to keep pushing every day.

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: Come ready to work with the attitude that it will only make you better

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: One really important thing I learned is that it doesn’t matter how good you are now it’s about what you will become.

 

Seth Rich
Syracuse High School
Syracuse, Utah

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: My brother Zane (past camper). He has always been there to push me to be better and to achieve greatness in all aspects.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: Hard practice because it really pushed me to my limits. I am a past camper and I am hungry for success.

Q: Who was your favorite coach at camp and why?

A: Jayson ness. He helped me out a ton and wrestled with me to show me what I needed to work on

Q: What/who is your inspiration to wrestle and why?

A: My inspiration to wrestler was my dad. He signed me up and dragged me all over the country to wrestle.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: Just to keep working hard and not give up when the going gets tough.

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Just strive to be a better person in all aspects of life, mo matter the situation.

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: It has taught me how to work hard and to push myself and break the limits.

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Getting up getting after it even when I was beaten down physically as well as mentally.

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: Don’t give up no matter what. It might be hard but you can get through out. NEVER QUIT.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: To always have a positive attitude even when you don’t want to do it. Just push through the pain and you will be a little bit stronger.

 

Alex Kudryashov
Redmond High School
Redmond, Washington

Q: Who is a role model you look up to and why?

A: My dad and my coach Trevor. They both always push me to be better at wrestling, and as a person.

Q: What was your favorite part of camp and why did you choose to come here?

A: Favorite part was the bonding between kids who were total stranger. Chose to come to get better.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you learned at camp?

A: I learned to keep working harder even when it seems as there is no more energy left

Q: To improve as a person, I need to…

A: Put others in front of myself

Q: What is the biggest benefit this camp has provided you with?

A: Made me a better wrestler and improved me as a person

Q: What was the hardest thing about camp?

A: Waking up early in the morning and being able to wrestler hard during 6am practice

Q: What advice would you give to a future camper?

A: To take it day by day. Focus on the session ahead and give it all you got.

Q: What are some things you learned at camp?

A: Learned what real hard work looks like, and J taught me valuable life lessons

 

 

 

 

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