SYRACUSE – It won’t be just another summer wrestling camp at Wawasee.
The Wawasee Wrestling Camp will have some big-time help coming to town in the form of University of Nebraska coaches Mark Manning and Bryan Snyder.
The camp, which runs this Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, will have both coaches helping teach both beginner and advanced groups the ropes of wrestling from an elite level of success. Manning has led his programs to 257 wins, 234 of which have come at Nebraska. He has guided wrestlers to five national championships and 46 All-American awards. The two-time Big 10 and FILA Freestyle Coach of the Year was also voted a Dan Gable Coach of the Year. Snyder, who was a four-time All-American in Lincoln, was a two-time national runner-up at Nebraska and won 93 percent of his matches, the top winning percentage in Nebraska program history. He has also guided wrestling legends Jordan Burroughs and James Green to a combined seven world medals.
The camp itself is $50 for beginners (under 13 years old) and $75 for advanced wrestlers (13+ years old or with three or more years of experience). Each level is eligible for a $15 discount for those parents who bring a NIPSCO bill with them. Manning and Snyder will work with both groups in 9-11 a.m. and 12-3 p.m. sessions.
“Having the opportunity to bring in some of the best coaches in the world is an amazing opportunity for not only our Wawasee Wrestlers, but every wrestler in Indiana,” said Wawasee head coach Frank Bumgardner. “Coach Manning and coach Snyder were just named the USA Wrestling Co-Coaches of the Year for their work with the Nebraska Regional Training Center athletes. They are unquestionably some of the best coaches in the world and have been amazing to work with.
“When I contacted coach Snyder about doing a camp he was excited to come to Indiana and see the talent we have in our state. They have been just great to work with; they truly care about their athletes and bettering the level of wrestling throughout the entire country. Being around people as passionate as these two are is simply infectious, and we are grateful they are willing to come and spend time with our athletes.
“Bringing in top tier D1, Big Ten coaches to Syracuse, Indiana, gives our kids great exposure and helps ingrain the culture that we are looking to do bigger and better things here at Wawasee. We want to be around the best, and we are constantly looking to grow and improve in any way we can. What better way to do that than to surround yourself with the best?”