LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews wrestling team will host its 11th annual Knights Wrestling-Fitness Camp that will run July 8-12.
The Knights Wrestling-Fitness Camp is an overnight camp for boys and girls in seventh through 12th grade. Campers will be housed in the dorms on campus and will eat in the school cafeteria.
Camp will be led by St. Andrews wrestling coach Joe Baranik, assistant coach Denzel Vaughn and members of the Knights wrestling team. The special guest for this year’s camp will be two-time Olympian Gray Simons.
Along with being an Olympian, Simons is the only seven-time National Champion and is a four-time NAIA wrestling champion and three-time NCAA Division I champion.
“This is an intense camp which offers training five times per day,” said Baranik. “Each morning will consist of a training run, followed by two skill sessions, competition wrestling in the evening and finally 20 minutes in the pool for recovery.”
Campers will be paired by weight, age and experience level.
Registration must be completed by June 27 and a non-refundable deposit is due at that time. A late fee will be added for registration received after Wednesday. The cost is $355 and includes all camp activities, meals from Sunday at 5 p.m. to breakfast on Thursday and a camp T-shirt.
Campers are encouraged to bring plenty of work-out gear — shorts, T-shirts, wrestling shoes, head gear, running shoes and a swim suit — sheets, blanket, pillow and laundry detergent. Laundromats on campus will be open for use.
The wrestling team will have a second camp in the middle of June for younger children. The Knights Wrestling Fitness Day Camp will run from July 16-19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.
The fitness camp is for girls and boys in kindergarten through sixth grade and is designed for beginner wrestlers and those with slightly more experience.
Campers will work on wrestling fundamentals and maneuvers by Baranik and members of the Knights wrestling team. Games and activities such as tumbling, tug-of-war, team handball, “vision quest,” odd-man-out scramble, whiffle ball and kickball will be used to get campers moving and work on the skills they’ve learned.
“The camp will teach kids how to become fit, learn a skill, build self confidence and make them better prepared for self-defense,” according to the camp brochure.
Each camper will be paired by weight, age and ability level. The cost of this camp is $80.
For further information on either camps, contact Knights head coach Joe Baranik at, [email protected] or call the wrestling office, 910-277-5012.
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]