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Keeping a grip on grappling
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Connor Davis, 8, battles Tuesday to get Grayson Goss on his back in the Eagle Extreme Wrestling Camp at the Green County YMCA taught by Billy Huebner, an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Order photo
MONROE - Monroe coach Jeriamy Jackson, a former University of Wisconsin-La Crosse wrestler, knows the sport can get lost in the craze of summer.

About 20 wrestlers attended the three-day Eagle Extreme Wrestling Camp taught by Billy Huebner, an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, at the Green County YMCA in Monroe.

"I just hope they wrestle over the summer and keep wrestling in the back of their mind so they can get a little hunger for it over the summer," Jackson said. "They are in good hands with Billy."

The UW-La Crosse wrestling program won its 11th straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title last season and finished second in the NCAA Division III Championships.

Huebner, in his 12th year coaching, travels from southern Wisconsin to California teaching wrestling.

"It's good for recruiting," Huebner said. "That's probably No. 1. We have our foot in the door when we meet the parents and club coaches. I can sense that some of these kids will be good wrestlers."

Jim Ingold, a UW-La Crosse alum who ran track and cross country in college, knows giving his two sons - Parker, 9 and Drake, 8 a chance to wrestle in the summer is invaluable.

"You can see each year they pick up a little bit more," Ingold said. "This is a good tune-up in the summer because they could go a whole year without wrestling."

Brodhead-Juda wrestling coach Tim Colden had five high school wrestlers and his two sons at the camp.

"Any time you get on the mat, I always tell my wrestlers and kids always try to learn something," Colden said. "If you can get something you can use, it's a great three days spent."

For Jordan Kolinski, a three-time All-American wrestler at UW- La Crosse, helping Huebner coach a camp is a learning experience. Kolinski, who may take an assistant wrestling coach position at Rockford East next season, said coaching a camp allows him to see mistakes he makes wrestling.

"It's a chance to give back to the sport that gave me so much," Kolinski said.