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.
Our staff selects one athlete from each wrestling group as the 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 work ethic, 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.
Check out the albums below for photo galleries of our 2019 Black Hat award winners.
To view past award winners, visit the Black Hat archive.