On August 2, twenty-nine wrestlers participated in the 3rd Annual State Champ Camp held in the Pratt High wrestling room.
On August 2, twenty-nine wrestlers participated in the 3rd Annual State Champ Camp held in the Pratt High wrestling room. “We had a great turnout and the kids had a wonderful time,” camp facilitator Beau Tillman said.
Lead by Darnell Bortz, former NCAA Division I Oklahoma State University team member, this year’s lessons again expressed the importance of fundamentals, work ethic, not being afraid to dream and dream big, setting goals, being leaders, and practicing good habits on the mat and in the classroom.
Another important key ingredient discussed was nutrition. Amy Cruce of Pratt presented a fun, entertaining power point, and hands on activities that helped kids recognize how we fuel our body or “million dollar machine” as she explained. Cruce also used a red light, yellow light, green light method to help our kids identify specific foods and how we should approach them.
“Wrestling is an avenue that we hope will help prepare our student athletes for life and their personal goals,” Tillman said. “I never discard the dreams of a child that tells me they want to be an Olympian, or play in the NFL.”
“We encourage those dreams in our room, but expect our students to understand what it takes to get there and how to make adjustments if they don’t,” Tillman continued. “That’s what this is all about— creating opportunities… Building a tradition and chasing dreams… that’s Pratt Wrestling!”