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Under the tutelage of the leader of Duncan wrestling and two of its legends, those newest to the sport hit the mats early and often at this week’s Duncan youth wrestling camps.
Hosted Monday and Tuesday at Duncan Middle School, the camp included about 50 campers learning the ins and outs of the sport from Demons coach and instructor Kevin Kelly and guest technicians Cody and Casy Rowell, who each won three state titles in their time at Duncan.
Participants took instructions on strategy, rules and technique before putting those teachings to the test by facing off against one another.
For Kelly, the skills the kids learn now are the first steps in continuing to build a program in the years to come.
“Its good for the the kids that came out and its good for Duncan wrestling,”Kelly said. “It’s good to see around 50 kids from kindergarden to 12th grade on the mat, having fun and getting better.”
Each of the Rowell brothers saw the involvement at the camp to give back to the town, community and coach that helped them so often during their time with the Demons.
“It was agood chance to come back to town, show what we learned competing in high school and college,” Casy Rowell said. “We showed them what we picked up on and enjoyed being able to give back.”
Cody Rowell used coaching at the camp as an opportunity to pay homage to the man that coached him.
“We get to show our loyalty to coach Kelly,” Rowell said. “He coached us, we come back to show him that. Maybe one day we’ll coach and one of these kids will support us.”