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June 22, 2014

Rowell returns to Duncan for camp

DUNCAN — Former Demon wrestlers Casey and Cody Rowell are holding a wrestling camp for kids between the grades of kindergarten and high school Monday through Thursday at the Duncan Middle School.

They will be joined by Kevin Kelly, who left the wrestling program after five years as a coach to become vice principal of the high school earlier this summer.

Cody said it’s something special to get to hold the tournament with his brother and former coach in the place they grew up.

“We put a lot of work in it and we’re trying to do what’s best for the community,” Cody said. “It’s something we used to do when we were younger athletes, and it’s just something positive.”

The Team Rowell camp includes four days of specialized attention to certain aspects of the sport.

The first day will be focused on the nuetral position. The second and third will focus on top and bottom when there’s a restart. The final day will be a dual tournament.

With the Rowells experience, Cody was a three-time state champion and a division II All-American and Casey was the 2014 Division II Most Outstanding Wrestler, the two hope they can help younger kids learn to love wrestling.

“It’s all about the kids,” Casey said. “We have a little bit of a name for ourselves in our home town. We were born and raised there and we’re just trying to give the kids an opportunity.”

Casey has expressed his desire to get into coaching now that he has graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. This camp gives him the opportunity to experience that line of work first hand.

“Ever since I got done wrestling I’ve been with the UCO team helping some of my friends,” Casey said. “It’s all kind of prepared me for this moment. I’m really excited, because I haven’t gotten to see a whole lot of the Duncan kids, because I’ve been gone for five years. It feels great to come back.”

The summer months are usually a time for kids to relax and be away from school, but Cody said it’s important for the kids to keep practicing at least a little. It helps those players make specific improvements with one-on-one instruction.

“There’s a fine line where you have to enjoy your summer and be a normal person, but you also got to know that you’re a wrestler,” Cody said. “You’ve got to make time during your summer to do your workouts and get on the mat as much as possible. The kids that are better wrestlers or are really serious about the sport will find the time to do it.”

Joining back up with Kelly to provide the clinic is another bright spot in hosting the camp. Cody said his teaching style was helpful when he and his brother wrestled at Duncan. Now, he is letting the two teach how they want, and Cody appreciates the opportunity.

“He says ‘Hey we’re going to give you the opportunity to do what you want’ and he kind of sits back and lets us do it,” Cody said. “It’s good to know that we have someone there that trusts us like that, lets us take over and show what we know. You just get a good perspective on the sport and I think that’s a good thing for kids.”

The camp goes from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. for grades K-5 and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for junior high and high school.

 

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