As many as 60 young wrestlers were anxious to learn from Clark County champions during the first Clark County Coach-A-Roo wrestling camp, which concluded Friday at Skyridge Middle School in Camas.
Camas High School wrestling coach Brody Faler organized the camp to build relationships between high school and middle school wrestlers, and the upcoming youth. He dreams of this camp becoming as prestigious as the Clark County Championship wrestling tournaments.
“It’s been a county wide effort, so far. A lot of good participation on all fronts,” Faler said. “The first time the older kids tried to teach some of these skills to the younger ones, they got frustrated. I tell them, ‘welcome to my life.’ They’re learning. It’s good for them.”
It is also good for the next generation of wrestlers to receive one-on-one attention from the high school wrestlers they look up to. On the first day of camp, the youngsters were greeted by three-time high school state champion Kyle Bounds. The 2005 Columbia River High School graduate recently finished up his college career at Michigan State University.
“The kids were very eager to learn from Kyle. They look up to Kyle,” Faler said. “He brought with him an element from college. The advanced wrestlers were really into hearing what he had to say. It was pretty inspiring for all of them.”