When an Olympic wrestler hosts a wrestling camp in Hastings, all the kids come out.
That was the case at Hastings High School this weekend when U.S. Olympic wrestler Ken Chertow hosted more than 100 wrestlers from as young as 6 to college age at the Weekend Warrior wrestling camp.
Chertow wrestled in college at Penn State University before competing in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Today, Chertow hosts wrestling camps for kids across the country focusing on the importance of skills, training and nutrition.
On Sunday morning, Chertow spent about 90 minutes with the wrestlers showing them about 12 different moves they could use in competition.
From there, they broke into groups by age to learn the moves.
Chertow moved into the parent/coach meeting where he spoke to more than two dozen parents and coaches from across the state about the importance of having athletes warm up before a match and making nutrition a priority.
Rod Tickle, a former longtime Hastings High head wrestling coach who is now serving as an assistant coach, attended the meeting and said he was impressed with Chertow’s message.
“I think that’s important because you’ve got world-class instruction for kids and for parents and coaches as well,” he said.