Smith-Cotton High School held their area-wide wrestling camp during a two day period, starting on July 14. However, the camp was not originally going to be in Sedalia. Joel Sherman, head coach of the Smith-Cotton wrestling program, said that the camp was originally supposed to be in Versailles, however the camp got cancelled. Sherman said that several teams around the area wanted to participate, so coaches and wrestlers from the schools were invited to come to Sedalia to coach and attend the camp.
Sherman said that his Assistant Coach, Mike Pomajzl, came up with the idea of holding the camp. Pomajzl said he, “Knew had to do something camp wise.” Pomajzl said he wanted to provide mat experience for other area high school teams. Pomajzl said that he knew area coaches, whether that be through wrestling with them or being coached by them, and that through his knowledge of other coaches, he was able to contact them and get their wrestlers to Sedalia for the camp.
Coaches and athletes participating in the camp are from areas such as Tipton, Boonville, Knob Knoster, and Sedalia. Sherman says that all of the attending coaches really like the camp. Christian Stock, Head Coach at Boonville High School, said that the camp provides benefits for Boonville wrestlers, and that the program will benefit from the camp as well.
Sherman says that the Smith-Cotton wrestlers in attendance are taught things from other coaches. Sherman also says that the camp provides an opportunity to learn new techniques. Sherman says that the Smith-Cotton wrestlers are not only being taught techniques in a different way, but also that the wrestlers embrace the wrestling culture and embrace what wrestling is.
Noah Aziere, a Junior next year, said that he expects to learn, “ Some techniques from other schools that I would not learn at Smith-Cotton.” Aziere thinks that his experience at camp will help him later on in the wrestling season, saying, “Picking up moves from other coaches is good for being a well-rounded wrestler”. Tanner Proctor, a Senior next year, agrees with Aziere on the belief that experiences during camp will help later in the wrestling season. Proctor said that he expects to learn different styles and moves from other coaches attending camp. Pomajzl said that the format of the camp involves live wrestling, which will allow the wrestlers to apply the techniques they learned during camp.
Sherman said that the Smith-Cotton wrestling program will, “absolutely” benefit from this camp. He said that the wrestlers are getting better anytime they spend time on the mat. Sherman tells his wrestlers, “champions are built in the summertime”.