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BLHS wrestling team hosts first team camp ‘in some time’

July 16, 2013

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The Basehor-Linwood wrestling program worked some mat time into their summer break as head coach Tyler Cordts and his staff held a camp from July 8-10 at the Basehor-Linwood Sixth Grade Center.

The all-ages camp was split into two sections with elementary wrestlers in the early evening and junior high and high school wrestlers participating in a later session.

"This is the first camp we've had for the program in some time and have a great group of people providing instruction," Cordts said.

In addition to Cordts, and his staff of assistant coaches, the three-day camp also included instruction from William Penn College’s head wrestling coach Eric Reed and two-time Oklahoma All-American and four-time Missouri high school state champion School Zack Bailey.

"To have people of that caliber at this camp can be nothing but beneficial," Cordts said. "There was really some great instruction present."

The camp focused on learning — stance, movement and takedowns were stressed technically — and improving physical and mental aspects.

"Being good on your feet is so essential in wrestling," Cordts said. "Mental preparation is also big and where we want our wrestlers to be strong. The more we can work on these things the better we will get.

And with the work ethic of this group of Bobcats, getting in that extra time shouldn't be an issue.

"We've got a really hard working group of kids," Cordts said. "I haven't had to beg they to get on the mat, they've actually been on me about when they can get workouts in."

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