TOP's Tom Houck debuted the WD-30 two summers ago, and it was a major hit. The camp focuses on learning and drilling over 30 techniques to turn and pin opponents after capturing a wrist. Chain wrestling is emphasized. Campers also learn a variety of ways to capture a wrist. "WD" stands for Wrist Domination.
WD-30 Camp is geared towards high schoolers and middle schoolers with experience and a strong desire to improve. Younger wrestlers may be accepted on an exception basis. All registrants are put on wait list and then accepted once we know they have good partners (if campers identify their partners in advance, this will help ensure they are accepted).
More advanced wrestlers are likely to show proficiency in all the techniques at the end of camp, whereas less experienced wrestlers are likely to still be mastering fundamentals. Either way, we understand continual refinement and reinforcement is essential to mastering techniques and implementing against tougher opponents in matches. If there is interest, we will schedule follow-up sessions throughout the summer to reinforce/drill and also cover other techniques to become "tougher on top."
Major technique areas include wrist capture techniques, cross wrist, near wrist, 2-on-1, hammerlock, ball and chain, and "tomahawk" series.
For wrestlers not yet proficient in tilts and other basic techniques, we begin camp with an introductory session to get them up to speed (this is optional for more experienced wrestlers; however, they are welcome to attend to get to know and assist the other wrestlers).
Tom Houck founded Top of the Podium in 2014 and has observed the best wrestlers/coaches in the nation teach these techniques at previous TOP camps. Tom has coached youth and high school wrestlers for the past 10 years and is currently head coach of the homeschool Centurions team. Tom wrestled for Penn State in the 1980s and is the creator of the WD-30 Chain Wrestling System. Coaches who are parents of campers are welcome to assist on the mat.
Morning Session 10-12 AM
Lunch 12-1 PM
Afternoon Session 1-3 PM
Optional Live Wrestling 3:15-3:45 PM
Camp fees are $199. Due to the limited size of this camp, all registrants must be accepted into the camp (they initially go on a wait list). In addition to the age and experience requirements mentioned above, it's critical for all campers to have good partners. This is one of the reasons why we put everyone wait list (if you can arrange a partner in advance, this will help ensure acceptance).
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