The Kennett Community Wrestling Club held its fourth annual Demon Day Camp all last week at the Kennett Middle School.More than 50 area kids turned out for the five days of instruction. The camp is run by Kennett High School varsity wrestling coach Tyrone Johnson, along with assistants John Boyer and Kevin Kochersperger. Some of Kennett's high school wrestlers also helped out throughout the week.
About 80 percent of the kids attending hailed from the Kennett Consolidated School District.
"We've got a lot of positive feedback so far," said Johnson. "Parents have been telling us what a great time their kids are having.
"The best thing about this is seeing the young kids develop. We have kids here who have been wrestling for more than five years and that's great to see. It's only going to help our high school program in the future, and our numbers have already been growing."
One of the highlights of the camp occurred last Friday. Chris Marshall, a Division I All-American from Central Michigan University at 134 pounds, who finished third at Nationals last season, ran the camp for the day and then worked with the Kennett High School team afterwards.
Johnson met Marshall while Kennett was attending a team camp at Kutztown University.
"He's a great guy," Johnson said. "He lives in New Jersey and he drove two hours to come down here and help us out. The kids definitely learn a lot from him. He's a great motivator."
The Demon Day Camp ran for five days last week from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. There were three technique sessions (feet, top and bottom) along with live wrestling sessions.
When the camp first started four years ago, 35 kids turned out.
"The numbers have been up pretty much every year since," said Boyer. "We didn't really do any advertising for this at all. It's been just word of mouth basically, so obviously the kids seem to be enjoying it."