Sudden Victory camp helps local grapplers


MISSOULA, Mont. - Nearly 60 young wrestlers from western Montana continue to focus their attention and skills on Missoula this week for the Sudden Victory Wrestling camp organized by recently appointed Big Sky High School head coach Rick Moreno.

Some of the best grapplers from around the country are in town for the camp to help coach. That includes Big Sky graduate and three-time state champion Luke Entzel.

"It's cool. Some of the older ones (here) were my teammates," said Entzel, now a redshirt sophomore at Iowa State. "They were freshmen and I was a senior, and I've been in this club for a long time. So I've seen these kids grow up, and it's cool to see them older and developed over the years."

"They see Luke Entzel being at Iowa State University," said Moreno. "One of the big premier D-1 schools out there, and seeing that (and saying) 'Hey, I come from Missoula, Montana. I start in a club like this. If I work hard and have dreams like that, there's no reason why I can't do what Luke Entzel's doing.'"

The four-day camp typically stresses the essentials of wrestling, but this year it also serves as a prerequisite for Western Regionals next weekend.

"Listen to the coaches, and as we're instructing things, we know the things that could put some strain on some joints or throws or whatever," said Moreno. "So we bring those things up. Safety is the No. 1 concern. If you get hurt, what good are you going to be on the mat?"

This year's camp also features Kyven Gadson, a national champion wrestler from Idaho State, and Jason Welch, a three-time All-American at Northwestern University.

The camp runs June 12-15.