Michigan’s Thomas to host wrestling camp

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 1:06 pm on Saturday, August 02, 2014

Greenville graduate Jordan Thomas during his senior season against Lowell’s Gabe Dean.

GREENVILLE — Jordan Thomas loves giving back.

The former Greenville Yellow Jacket wrestler and current University of Michigan redshirt sophomore will host his third annual wrestling camp at Greenville High School.

The camp will be held on Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. The camp is just a one day event this year, as opposed to multiple days in the past.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done by contacting Tammie Pillard at (616) 204-2919. Cost is $45 and includes a T-shirt. Walkups are available, but with no guarantee of a shirt.

“This is my third year doing the camp, and my favorite part about it is giving back to the kids that are in the same position I used to be,” Thomas said. “I looked up to guys like Adam Hopkins, and it was an amazing experience when he took the time to help me when I was first starting out. I want to have that type of influence on other young wrestlers’ lives.”

Thomas, with the help of Greenville graduate Alec Ward and current Yellow Jacket Stephen Hilliker, said the camp with focus on takedowns this year.

“Basic college-level technique from the feet will be shown, like double legs, single legs, front headlocks, and shot defense,” he said.

Kids ages 10 and older are recommended. Younger kids should be pre-approved.

Thomas will be entering his third season wrestling for the Wolverines. The three-time high school state champion is healthy and ready to go.

“I plan on competing at 174 pounds this year,” Thomas said. “I am healthy and feeling good about the upcoming year. It has been a great summer so far with a lot of hard work put in, so it should be fun.”

Michigan will compete in its first tournament of the year on Nov. 2 at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing.

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