GRANVILLE — Putnam County/Hall head wrestling coach Jerry Kriewald never stops looking for ways to assist his young team in getting better over the summer for winter competition. To this end, he went back to his alma matter the University of Dubuque and found another college professional to come give a seminar to his summer wrestlers this past week.
Josh Terrell, one of the University of Dubuque's assistant coaches and four time All American National Champ, worked with the PC/Hall wrestlers on various holds that they can use during the upcoming 2014-15 season. Terrell came to wrestling in his younger days after a family move.
"I moved to a different town and my buddy down the street who is my best friend today still was involved in it. I wanted to check it out. I learned a lot in my first encounter and decided to pursue it," he said.
During his college days, Terrell assisted his coach give a seminar to PC/Hall wrestlers and was happy to come again on his own to help the young program train. This time around he introduced some different wrestling positions to the team and discussed tactical strategies that they can employ in future matches.
"I shared some things that I have done and have had some success with," Terrell said. "Its a little more intimate, being a small school and all. The kids can ask questions and get some immediate feedback which I hope will be helpful."
Terrell also focused on how a wrestler can defeat themself during a meet if they are not continually thinking in a positive way.
"Its a 10-90 type of thing. Ten percent physical and 90 percent mental. So many kids can pysche themselves out or pump themselves up during a match. They are going to do what their mind tells them to do. It all starts up top," he said.
Charlie McCook, a soon to be freshman at Putnam County, enjoyed the camp and is looking forward to his first season on the team at the high school level.
"We learned leg moves, some different things than before," McCook said. "We also focused on how to think in a match."
Spring Valley's Evan Kiphart, a junior at Hall, also has learned some new ways to approach a match.
"We have learned a lot of leg riding and how to break your man down when you are on the mat. He also talked about how to get back points when you put him in a pin," Kiphart said. "It the same as what we have learned, yet different in terms of approach and what you can do from each position. Everyone has their own ways of doing things and you can learn different things from different teachers. Its not cut and dried or anything."
The PC/Hall wrestling squad is still hosting summer practices Monday and Thursday evenings at Putnam County High School in Granville.