Dora’s Boshell to head wrestling camp next week
by W. Brian Hale
Jun 06, 2014 | 1416 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three-time state champion and Newberry College wrestler Blake Boshell will be hosting a five-day camp beginning on Monday at the Walker County Wrestling Club in Dora.

Boshell, who began his wrestling training at the same club he will be coaching the next generation of area grapplers, said that learning mat techniques and key fundamentals is vital in laying the foundation for future success.

“For a young wrestler to get their fundamentals down by their eighth grade year or earlier puts them in a position to advance and progress much quicker, as they’ll be able to incorporate new techniques into their training with a greater understanding,” Boshell said. “Fundamentals are the ultimate framework for wrestling — the flashy moves that may look appealing isn’t what a state championship final boils down to. It’s who has a better grasp and execution of the basics.”

The camp will consist of 10 learning sessions, four live wrestling sessions and a takedown tournament. The takedown tournament will be held after the last learning session on Friday, June 13.

Instruction will include techniques in all positions of wrestling, as well as the mental aspects of the sport — such as attitude on the mat.

“We’re going to place a strong emphasis on how a wrestler should handle and conduct themselves in competition, from dealing with referees who make bad calls and coaches screaming at you to opponents poking you in the eye or using an illegal move. One of our key goals is to teach the campers how to keep focused and composed in the most stressed-filled situations,” Boshell said. “We also will work on how to be more aggressive in competition and setting goals to working themselves to the top.”

All ages and experience levels are welcome at the camp, but limited space is available to ensure each camper is given emphasized instruction. The cost of the camp is $100.

Each wrestler attending the camp should bring their lunch or money to purchase a meal, wrestling shoes, headgear, extra shirt and shorts and a mouth piece if the camper has braces.

To pre-register, contact Boshell at 275-4856 or