CADIZ – Indian Creek is one of the growing wrestling programs of the last few years, not only at the Ohio Valley Athletics Conference, but in the state as well. Last season, the Redskins had a pair of Division II runners-up and three overall finishes, finishing sixth as a team with 51.5 points.
Veterans head coach Brandon Pendleton said coming to camps like the one that Ohio State University head coach Tom Ryan put on earlier this week at Harrison Central High School makes his kids better.
“It’s a hidden gem. I can’t believe more children aren’t taking advantage of this. It’s not very common to get very successful (NCAA) Division I coaches in your backyard. “ Pendleton said. “We brought 15 boys here and the ratio is probably 1 to 5 between campers and coaches. It’s fantastic. “
Pendleton said what Ryan and former OSU All-American and current assistant coach Bo Jordan told campers on Thursday was really important.
“Little things make a big difference. These are many of the basics, but you have to do those basics over and over and over again. ” he remarked. “There are no secrets in the struggle. This is a difficult job. This is dedication and fighting in the summer will make you a champion in the winter. It has been proven. ”
Harrison Central’s head wrestling coach, Bill Bryant, was the camp’s director. He said that this summer there were nearly 40 campers in the high school / junior high school part of the three-day event and just over 30 in the elementary school. Most of the campers came from the Huskies or Redskins programs.
“It’s great to have the opportunity for coach Ryan to come to Harrison Central for the second summer in a row. He is a very busy man and a knowledgeable coach, so to exclude him from his schedule to come here is amazing. “ Bryant said. “He and Coach Jordan talked to the camp participants about doing the little things that could be the difference in winning or losing matches.
Bryant said “little things” are neglected many times.
“It’s like driving straight into your opponent while trying to take a takedown instead of driving sideways.” Bryant explained. “They talked about the very fine details of each game, emphasizing that campers do the little things every day in practice.”
While the camp has reached about half of its limit of 75 campers in each division, Bryant would like to see more children attend.
“I am surprised that more coaches do not take advantage of this camp and do not send their fighters here,” he said. “Here we get some of the best clinicians in the country, along with Coach Ryan. They miss a great opportunity. “
Other clinicians working in the camp were current Ohio fighters Jordan Decather, Paddy Gallagher, Ethan Smith and Gavin Hoffman.
Another Buckeye is coming
Logan Stiber, four-time NCAA National Champion (2012-2015) and winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy (2015), will bring his “Take from above” clinic to The Hangar at the local Union High School on Wednesday. It will focus on slopes, bends and swings.
Doors open at 9 a.m., with Session I open from 10 a.m. to noon. Session II will last from 1 pm to 3 pm
The clinic is limited to the first 50 registrations.