MAU brings in big names for camp
BENNINGTON >> For the 28th year, Castleton University and former MAU wrestling coach Scott Legacy opens up the Mount Anthony wrestling camp, bringing big names to Bennington from the world of collegiate wrestling.
Four Division I wrestlers and coaches will be clinicians for the week, starting July 10 and going each day until Wednesday, July 13.
The teachers will be Nick Heflin, now the assistant coach at Princeton. He was a three-time NCAA All-American at Ohio State and the 2014 runner-up at the 197 pound weight class.
Staying in New Jersey, current Rutgers University wrestler Anthony Ashnault will also attend the event. Ashnault was an NCAA All-American for the Scarlet Knights in 2015 and 2016, winning the Big Ten championship at 141 pounds.
Back in high school, Ashnault complied a 170-0 record at South Plainfield and was two-time Super 32 National Champion.
Returning to the region to help out at the MAU camp is Cornell wrestler Gabe Dean.
Dean, who has been to the area before as a clinician at the Hoosick Falls youth camp, is a three-time All-American for the Big Red and has won the last two NCAA national championships at 184 pounds.
Also, Lehigh associate head coach John Hughes, will take part. Hughes was a three-time All-American at Penn State, where he won a national championship at 142 in 1995. The Nittany Lion alum also won a gold medal at the 1994 Pan-Am Games.
"It's an honor to have top-notch coaches and players from the collegiate level to come help out the kids at the camp," Legacy said. "It's a lot of money for these youth and high school kids to attend wrestling camps at colleges and most can't afford to go, so it's great that we can give these kids around the Northeast a camp to come to and learn from the best."
The camp will run from July 10 through July 13, with registration starting at 2:30 p.m., followed by the first practice beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Legacy and current MAU coach Brian Coon will be the co-directors of the camp.
Many kids and teams from around the Northeast, from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to Vermont and Massachusetts all are expected to participate in the camp.
If you are interested in attending the camp still, the fee is $120.
"We started this camp to help our kids get better as wrestlers and it's fun to see it grow into a region-wide thing," Legacy said. "Kids and teams from all over come to attend the event and it really help step the talent level at the camp, which helps all the kids get better."
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