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Posted March 28, 2013
Iron Sharpens Iron Team Camp

The Iron Sharpens Iron Team Wrestling Camp will be held June 10-13 in DeWitt. The camp features various clinicians from colleges across the state.

Below is a news release from camp organizers:

A who’s who of college wrestling greats – a collection of NCAA champions, All-Americans and even a recipient of the Hodge Trophy as the sport’s top competitor – will hit the mats in DeWitt, Iowa, over four days June 10-13 to help develop future stars.

The Iron Sharpens Iron team camp is the brainchild of Steve Farrell and Joel Allen, who has attracted a collection of clinicians from across the country to assist in a camp that already has registered high school teams from eleven states.

“We had close 400 kids at our second camp and this year, we are anticipating between 450 and 500 participants. We’ll be using three gyms to give everyone plenty of space to work,” Farrell said. “So far we have teams from IA,WI,NE,OH,MO,TX,MI,MN,KS,IN and IL signed up. I also have individuals signed up from SC and OK.”

Due to numbers Iron Sharpens Iron Team Camp is adding Eric Thompsons 2x National Champion, 3 All-American as a clinician and Nick Mitchell Head Coach of Grand View as a clinician and he will put on a coaches clinic on how to build a championship program from the ground up.


Mitchell is building a dynasty from the ground up. Head Coach Nick Mitchell started the first ever wrestling team at Grand View University with the 2008-2009 season and in just four short years has the Vikings in the elite of collegiate wrestling. A look at the numbers and facts:


30 All-Americans

9 National Champions

3 x Coach of the year

3 x NAIA Team Titles


After taking his own high school team to team camps that charged as much as $500 for kids to participate, Farrell wanted to design a more affordable option.

His camp charges $70 per individual and Farrell found plenty of coaches willing to participate at the camp, which runs June 10-13 at DeWitt High School.

Technicians include four two-time national champions from Iowa, Hodge Trophy winner Brent Metcalf, Eric Juergens and T.J. Williams .

Former national champions Jay Borschel of Iowa, Nick Ackerman of Simpson and Mike Krause, the head coach of Head Coach of Team Shamrock is the feeder team for Nationally Ranked Detroit Catholic Central. Coach Krause is regarded as one of the best youth coaches in the country. He will provide expertise to both athletes and coaches in attendance.

Farrell didn’t find it difficult to secure top-level instructors.

“I simply reached out to them and asked,” Farrell said. ” It’s a pretty grassroots situation and a chance for wrestlers and coaches to learn a lot.”

Somewhat unique to the camp is that in addition to the work on technique and skills, teambuilding exercises are part of the daily schedule for the four-day camp.

“The idea was created by myself and Joel Allen to do something different, something affordable and something that will help our sport grow,” Farrell said. “We feel three years into it, we’re off to a good start of accomplishing that.”

For information on the Iron Sharpens Iron team wrestling camp call 319-404-0722. Reserve your spot today by calling 319-404-0722! Coaches email for a coaches packet and camp brochure at steve.farrell@northeast.k12.ia.us


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