Local camp helps Greco-Roman athletes prepare for major competitions

MARQUETTE – Arthur Carmona and Sammy Jones of the Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site Greco-Roman wrestling team are getting some help as they prepare for international competition in the coming weeks.

Both are participating in an NMU-OTS Superior Wrestling Camp through Tuesday featuring wrestlers from four European countries, four states in the U.S. and individual participants from all across the country.

“I’m learning what I need to work on,” said Carmona, who’ll compete in the FILA Junior World Championships Aug. 5-10 in Zagreb, Croatia. “It’s perfect timing for me. It’s a good, organized, intense camp and I’m learning a lot.

“I should benefit a lot from it.”

NMU-OTS Greco Roman wrestling coach Rob Hermann said the camp features 75 Cadet and Junior wrestlers plus 15 training for the Senior World Team Trials.

Included are wrestlers and coaches from the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Sweden, as well as from Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Ohio.

“We’re trying to give our athletes in the U.S. some international competition and techniques by training with some of the best (wrestlers) in the world,” Hermann said. “Every country is running a practice up to the dual matches that start Saturday afternoon.

“Every country does something different to achieve their goals and capture medals.”

Practices have been held from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and 3-5 p.m. daily at the NMU-OTS facilities at the Superior Dome.

“Different techniques, different ways to warm up, different ways to drill, different philosophies (are all covered),” Hermann said. “If the wrestlers pick up one thing from each practice, it’s one thing they can take back home with them.

“If they don’t get anything out of this camp, it’s their fault.”

Carmona, 20, who’ll be a sophomore at NMU, said he’s learning different styles of wrestling and techniques.

“Any little trick I can learn will help me out,” said the 55 kilogram (121-pound) wrestler from Brawley, California. “There may be something new we’ll want to try.”

Jones will be competing in the University World Championships July 8-12 in Pecs, Hungary, after winning his 59kg (130-pound) division at the University Nationals in Akron, Ohio.

“I’ve learned a whole lot wrestling with the foreign guys (here at the camp),” he said. “Their technique is a little crisper than ours.

“Your learning the little fine details that make all the difference.”

Jones, 20, from Folsom, Louisiana, and a junior-to-be at NMU, said every time he attends a wrestling camp, he gets better.

“You’re focusing mostly on all technique and you can’t help but pick up a lot to learn,” he said. “There are so many different wrestlers here and all have something different to offer, something that works for you.”

Attending the camp are former Olympic medalists Steeve Guenot (gold, 2008 and bronze, 2012) of France and his brother Christopher Guenot (bronze, 2008), who are coaching the French team at the camp.

Christopher said he and his brother are teaching some Greco-Roman techniques used in France.

“It’s a very nice camp with some good talent,” he said.