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Windy City Wrestling Club hosts a summer camp for the next generation

The Windy City Wrestling Club hosted the next generation of wrestlers for its first-ever summer camp this week, and it already has a famous guest lined up for next summer’s camp.
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 6:02 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Windy City Wrestling Club is one of the oldest wrestling clubs in Casper, and this week, it held a three-day camp to help develop young wrestlers and try to grow the sport.

Windy City Wrestling Club Coach Philip Young, who also coaches at Dean Morgan Junior High, was one of the organizers of the camp. He grew up wrestling in the club.

Young eventually wrestled at CSU-Pueblo.

”If it wasn’t for wrestling, there’s no telling what I would have been doing as a kid,” said Young. “It’s definitely a savior sport for me. It just taught me to be disciplined and if I wanted something, I had to work for it. Nothing comes easy in wrestling, just like nothing comes easy in life.”

This kind of impact on Young and the lessons he learned was part of the inspiration for holding the camp.

Kids were run through the drills and techniques indoors on the mat, and they were conditioned outside on the track at Natrona County High School. Meditation, goal-setting and lifting were also a part of the camp’s program.

The camp had coaches from around the country, and many of them had local ties to Casper, including Cyruss Meeks, who is headed to CSU-Pueblo to wrestle himself. Most of the coaches had at least wrestled in college.

“We’re all here on a volunteer basis. Just trying to give back to the kids,” said Young. “Trying to build the sport of wrestling and give to these kids and show these kids what wrestling can do for them because of what wrestling has done for us and try to pass those lessons on.”

This was the first Windy City Wrestling Club summer camp, but it already has big plans for next July’s camp. It is scheduled to include a visit from Nick Best.

“He’s the strongest man over the age of 50,” said Young, who knows best from time spent lifting together in Las Vegas. “He’s a two-time world champion powerlifter and ten-time world’s strongest man competitor.”

Young said Best will help teach the kids about nutrition and weightlifting, and he’ll hopefully show off some of his own strength to demonstrate for the kids.

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