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Wrestling to the extreme
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Monroe junior to be Dylan Schwitz is the demonstration partner of Billy Huebner, a Luther College assistant wrestling coach, who is teaching the Midwest Extreme Wrestling Camp at the Green County YMCA on Monday.
MONROE - Running laps around the outside of a mat and perfecting leg sweeps in the middle of June could pay dividends next wrestling season.

About 20 wrestlers attended the first day of the Midwest Extreme Wrestling Camp, coached by Luther College assistant coach Billy Huebner, at the Green County YMCA on Monday.

Huebner has 16 years of wrestling clinician experience and once served as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He was named an assistant coach at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in February.

Monroe graduate Gavin Wels, who eclipsed 100 career wrestling wins at Monroe this winter, will attend Luther College and will wrestle next year. Although Huebner wasn't involved with recruiting Wels, he is eager to open up a pipeline from the cheese capitol to the Hawkeye state in wrestling.

"I'm really excited to get him," he said. "I think if you have one kid from here, more kids will follow."

On the first day of the three day camp, Huebner drilled wrestlers through a warm-up and various takedowns.

"My goal is to make them better technically," Huebner said.

Huebner instructs about 1,000 wrestlers nationwide and has about 50 clinics a year. He travels the country from southern Wisconsin to California teaching wrestling.

"It's becoming a tradition," he said of his sixth year teaching a clinic in Monroe.

Drake Ingold, 9, of Monroe and Hayden Arneson, 9, both said they attended the wrestling camp to get better.

Monroe's Dylan Schwitz, who qualified for state at 135 pounds last year, is eager about working to improve this summer.

"I'm just trying to get a couple more tricks up my sleeve for next season," Schwitz said. "Maybe I can get out of the first round at state."

Schwitz would consider wrestling in college, but he still has two prep seasons left.

Fellow teammate, Cory Kundert, joined Schwitz on the mat at the wrestling camp. Kundert said he wants to get better wrestling on top.

"I'm trying to learn more and improve," Kundert said. "I'm working hard in the offseason."