The Kennett High School wrestling coaches, along with current and former varsity wrestlers, held their fourth annual camp this week.

A record turn-out of 55 kids between the ages of 7 to 14 years old took part in the Kennett Wrestling Camp at Kennett Middle School.

The majority of the wrestlers were from either the Kennett or Unionville school districts.

The camp was scheduled to run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Three teaching sessions were held each day focusing on top, bottom and neutral positions. There were also games and open mat wrestling throughout the week.

Former Central Michigan wrestling star Chris Marshall, who took third place in the 134 pound weight class at the NCAA Division I Championships in the late 1990s, was scheduled to be on hand Friday to run the camp.

The rest of the week those duties belonged to Kennett varsity wrestling coaches Tyrone Johnson (head coach), John Boyer (assistant) and Kevin Kochersperger (assistant) as well as current and former high school wrestlers.

"The main purpose is to teach the fundamentals and hopefully have them leave here loving the sport," said Boyer.

The Kennett Community Wrestling Club has had six kids go to Nationals the last few years, and both Johnson and Boyer feel strongly that the summer camp is a big part of that success.

"The camp is definitely paying off in the long run for these kids," said Johnson. "As coaches we really enjoy the camp so much. We couldn't be happier with the turn-out. It's just a great week."

In addition to the camp, the Kennett Community Wrestling Club currently has registration available for its winter club season. For more information or to sign-up visit www.kennettwrestling.com.

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