CADIZ — Indian Creek has been one of the wrestling programs in the last few years, not only in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference but in the state. Last season saw the Redskins have a pair of Division II state runner ups and three overall placewinners in finishing sixth as a team with 51.5 points.
Veteran head coach Brandon Pendleton said coming to camps like the one Ohio State University head coach Tom Ryan put on earlier in the week at Harrison Central High School makes his kids better.
“This is a hidden gem. I can’t believe more kids don’t take advantage of this. It’s not very often to get very successful (NCAA) Division I coaches in your backyard,” Pendleton said. “We brought 15 guys out here and it’s probably a 1-to-5 ratio in camps to coaches. It’s fantastic.”
Pendleton said what Ryan and former OSU All-American and current assistant coach Bo Jordan stressed to the campers on Thursday was really important.
“The little things make a big difference. It’s a lot of the basics, but you’ve got to do those basics over and over and over,” he noted. “There are no secrets in wrestling. It’s hard work. It’s dedication and wrestling in the summer is going to make you a champion in the winter. It’s proven.”
Harrison Central head wrestling coach Bill Bryant served as Camp Director. He said there were nearly 40 campers this summer in the high school/junior high portion of the three-day event, and just over 30 in the elementary portion. Most of the campers came from the Huskies’ or Redskins’ programs.
“It’s great to be able to have Coach Ryan come to Harrison Central for a second straight summer. He’s a very busy man and knowledgeable coach, so for him to take out of his schedule to come here is outstanding,” Bryant said. “He and Coach Jordan talked to the campers about doing the little things that could be the difference in winning or losing matches.”
Bryant said the “little things” are overlooked many times.
“Things like driving straight into your opponent while attempting a takedown instead of driving laterally,” Bryant explained. “They talked about very fine details of every match, stressing to the campers to do the little things every day in practice.”
While the camp reached about half of its 75-camper limit in each division, Bryant would like to see more kids attending.
“I’m surprised that more coaches don’t take advantage of this camp and send their wrestlers here,” he said. “We are getting some of the best clinicians in the country here, along with Coach Ryan. They are missing a great opportunity.”
Other clinicians working the camp were current Ohio State wrestlers Jordan Decatur, Paddy Gallagher, Ethan Smith and Gavin Hoffman.
Another Buckeye Coming
Logan Stieber, a four-time NCAA national champion (2012-2015) and Dan Hodge Trophy winner (2015), will bring his “Take Top” clinic to “The Hangar” inside Union Local High School on Wednesday. It will focus on tilts, turns and cradles.
Doors open at 9 am with Session I running from 10 to noon. Session II will run from 1-3 pm
The clinic is limited to the first 50 registrations.