Charlie Klepps

In the 12th interview of our series, we’re going to be speaking with Charlie Klepps, a sophomore wrestler at Billings Senior High School in Billings, Montana, and a Black Hat Winner from our 28-Day Minnesota Intensive Camp. Charlie won his 2nd state individual title in 2016 at 113, helping his team, along with fellow 28-Day Black Hat winner and state runner-up Brendon Vladic, take home the Montana State Team Championship


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.

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