Hilltoppers hold camp for youngsters

Jun. 02, 2013 @ 07:01 AM

The R-S Central wrestling program is doing all it can to stock the program early.

June 17-21 the wrestling Hilltoppers will hold a wrestling camp in hopes of drawing newcomers to the sports and furthering the talents of current young wrestlers.

“We want to build our program,” R-S Central head wrestling coach Rich Cox said. “We want our wrestlers to have some good wrestling already under their belts by the time they get to our middle and high school teams.”

Wrestlers in grades K-8 are eligible to participate in the five-day camp with those K-3 wrestling from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and those in grades 4-8 will be on the mats from 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

“Wrestling is a great sport to instill discipline in young athletes,” Cox said. “So many kids become better students when they wrestle just because they become so much more focused.”

Wrestling also plays as a great compliment to athletes from other sports.

“Wrestling is a great sport for football players in the off-season,” Cox said. “They get in great shape and have an outlet to be physical and aggressive in a controlled setting.”

Cox has been making his round to local elementary schools showing video and putting on demonstrations for youngsters who might be interesting in wrestling.

Parents can sign up their children using the form they bring home from school or attending the sign-up session Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at R-S Central High School in the gym area of the school.

The week-long camp costs just 15 dollars and includes a t-shirt for all participants.

“We aren’t going to make any money off of this, but that isn’t what this camp is about,” Cox said.