Michigan’s Thomas to host youth wrestling camp


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 3:17 pm on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GREENVILLE — Greenville High School graduate Jordan Thomas is set to host his second youth wrestling camp in August.

Thomas (2012 graduate), who is now wrestling for the University of Michigan, was a three-time individual state champion in high school. He was state runner-up once and finished his career with more than 200 wins against just three loses.

The camp runs Aug. 19-21 and will take place at Greenville High School. The camp costs $20.

“It’s always awesome to come back,” Thomas said. “I miss coaching. I coached the youth kids for three years in high school and I miss that. It’s nice to come back for a while.”

Last year, the camp was open to just Greenville residents. This year, all area wrestlers are welcome to participate in the camp.

“The camp was awesome last year, which was great. We had a great turnout for the first year,” Thomas said. “This year we want to expand it to all the surrounding areas and we hope to have an even bigger turnout this year.”

The camp will be split in two groups, a youth group for grade school wrestlers and an advanced group for middle and high school wrestlers.

“The youth portion will be basic technique and some games as well,” Thomas said. “I’m just trying to get the kids to enjoy wrestling and make sure they have fun at practice. But also to make sure they have the basics down and get some mat time.”

As a youth wrestler, Thomas most enjoyed the games.

“Honestly, the games were always fun,” he said. “Every youth practice we would play a game at the end and it made wrestling fun.”

The advanced group will step things up on the mat with additional technique instruction.

“We will touch on some basic technique and work into some more advanced technique,” Thomas said. “Stuff that helped me succeed in high school and things that I’ve learned that works at the college level.”

Thomas will have two of his Michigan teammates (Angelo Latora and Cory Lester) helping at the camp. Both Latora and Lester were four-time state placers in high school with each winning one state title.

Former Greenville and Central Michigan wrestler Adam Hopkins will also help instruct at the three-day camp.

Thomas, who is recovering from a torn labrum in his right shoulder, said his freshman year flew by at Michigan.

“The year flew by. It was a learning experience,” Thomas said. “It was what I expected and I knew it was going to be tough going in. Everyone you wrestle is a state champ and really good. The season is such a grid and unfortunately, I got hurt.”

Now healed, Thomas begins full drills in September and is ready for his sophomore season. He will wrestle at 174 pounds this year. He was at 184 a year ago.

“I start drilling in September,” Thomas said. “I feel really good and have been lifting. It was an eight month recovery and pretty tough.”

Thomas went 6-9 as a freshman before injuring his shoulder. He earned the Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement Award last year and is enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

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