Local wrestlers learn skills from olympic gold medalist
For the second time this summer Sudden Victory Wrestling has a camp going on that teaches the techniques of the sport to wrestlers of all ages. The last camp featured plenty of big names in the wrestling community and this time 2012 olympic gold medalist Jake Varner stopped in to help out.
"It's just helping these guy's come along in their wrestling and making them better and trying to get them to learn that you can learn anything, you can do anything you want, and really just chase your dreams," said Varner.
Rick Moreno puts on the camp and says having wrestlers as accomplished as Varner is a once in a life time opportunity for these young wrestlers.
"It's not every day you get olympic champions, world champions coming in here. "It's great and I'm glad that these kids can experience something like that, it's a rare thing that we get guys this level this caliber to some in here so its great," said Moreno.
Varner says these camps are about more than just wrestling, and that it's important to him to give back to the next generation of wrestlers.
"When I was just a little guy you look up to the big time wrestlers and one day hope to be like them," said Varner. "Being able to come back and share my knowledge with these guys, that's what this sports is about. There's so much to learn in the sport and I feel like I've got something to give back."
And while wrestling might not be the most popular sport Varner says its important to keep these camps up and running.
"It's good to have these things and keep them going, because these guys have dreams too, they want to be olympic champions too. So it's good for us to help and put our time in to help them."
The wrestling camp continues through Wednesday at Shec Community Center in Missoula.