Wrestling Big Man Camp

June 18-22, 2017

Grades 5-12


Full Resident: $395 (all meals, housing, materials)
Day Camper: $310 (noon and dinner meals, materials)
Commuter: $225 (camp sessions only — no meals)

Application deadline: June 14, 2017

Online Registration Form—pay by credit card
Printable Registration Form—pay by check
Health Form

Additional camp information: Registration, check-in and check-out information, camp regulations, refund policy, and what to bring to camp

Camp Directors

In the last fifteen years, Dave Mitchell has coached the Luther wrestling team to seven top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. He has coached nine national champions, five national runners-up, and 57 All-Americans. He has also coached 51 Scholar All-Americans and two NCAA Post Graduate scholars. Dave was named the NWCA National Division III Coach of the Year in 2004, and Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 2016, 2008, 2004, 2002, and 1999; he was nominated for Division III Rookie Coach of the Year honors in 1997 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and USA Wrestling Magazine. Dave served a three year term as president of the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association, and a three year term as President-Elect. In 2010, Dave was inducted into the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Before joining the Luther wrestling program Dave earned All-American wrestling honors by placing third at the NCAA Division III championships at 167 pounds. He was also a two-time NCAA Academic All-American and was selected to the GTE Academic All-America squad his senior year.

Billy Huebner is in his sixth year as an assistant wrestling coach at Luther, also serving as the Luther Athletics recruiting coordinator.  Prior to joining the Norse he has coached 8 NCAA teams that have placed in the top four at the National Tournament.  He coached 60 NCAA III All-Americans as an assistant and trains over 70 wrestlers each year in the Norse elite training sessions.  Coach Huebner is the director of Midwest Extreme Wrestling Camps and has run over 300 wrestling clinics in IL, IA, IN, KS, MN, MO, OK, WI and across the country, as far as Arizona, California and Louisiana.

Featured Clinicians

All 2017 camps will feature outstanding clinicians—recent clinicians have included NCAA Champions Brent Metcalf, Derek St. John, Tim Hartung, Jay Borschel, Damion Hahn, Steve Mocco, Zach Roberson, Jayson Ness, TJ Williams, Jeff O'Gara, Drew Van Anrooy, Matt Pyle and All-Americans Brett Pfarr, Connor Medberry, Dylan Peters, Mike Evans, Nick Moore, Ethen Lofthouse, Jason Welch, & Travis Paulsen, as well as Olympians Cael Sanderson and Brandon Slay and National H.S. Coach of the year Jim Jackson. You'll learn from the best at our camps!

Camp Counselors

The Luther Coaches and Team, including . . .

Jeff O'Gara
Luther Assistant Coach
NCAA Champion

Jeff Friedhof
Decorah High School Coach
Three-time NCAA All-American

Billy Huebner
Luther Assistant Coach
Director of Midwest Extreme Camps

Drew Van Anrooy
NCAA Champion
Luther Assistant Coach
NHSCA All-American

Nick Scheffert
Luther Assistant Coach
Minnesota State Runner-Up

Clayton Jennings
Wisconsin State Champion

Brian Burchett
Washington State Champion

Dakota Gray
Luther Assistant Coach
Iowa State Place Winner

Derek Stork
Iowa State Place Winner

Justin Kreiter
NCAA All-American
Iowa State Place Winner

plus many others!

This camp is designed for the “Big Man” and the heavyweight, from Junior High to the High School heavyweight. THIS CAMP IS FOR YOU!  You will learn from the Luther College staff what it takes to be a great “Big Man”’ on the mat!

This camp includes daily competition, instruction and hard drilling.  Clinicians will be current Luther upper weight wrestlers and Coaches.  We emphasize modified technique for the Big Man.  Formal instruction, intensive supervised drills, Big Man Tournament and several hours of daily mat time.  Upper weights wrestle differently; let us give you the edge.  All wrestlers will receive two t-shirts, a photo, and a weightlifting program tailored specifically for wrestlers.

Big wrestlers have different needs. The "Big Man's" program will focus on the technical needs of larger wrestlers.

Includes the Big Man Wrestling Tournament

Each day will consist of 2 ½ - 3 hours of technique instruction and drilling, followed by a question and answer period, and ending with an intensive live wrestling session.
Wrestlers will be matched according to age and ability level.

There is a limited enrollment so each camper will have an ideal camper-to-clinician ratio (approximately 10 to 1) and receive plenty of individual instruction.

The camp is open to those who have the big man trait and attitude. We will show tips and techniques that allow upper weights and heavyweights to accomplish their goals.

This one week camp will stress technique, weightlifting, proper diet and nutrition, strategies and techniques that have been proven successful for all heavyweights.

You will learn how to prepare and train yourself to dominate during the next season to go above and beyond others.

Housing and Meals

Campers live in a comfortable, air-conditioned residence hall on the Luther campus and eat outstanding all-you-can-eat buffet meals in the Dahl Centennial Union dining hall. College athletes who have completed background checks and sensitivity training serve as camp counselors and provide full supervision and help direct all camp activities. Medical services for campers are available through local clinics, as well as the emergency room at the Winneshiek Medical Center. Certified athletic trainers are on-site for all live wrestling sessions. Individual campers are responsible for any medication, and hospital and physician fees.

Luther College Sports Facilities

Regents Center indoor facilities include six tennis courts; a six-lane, 200-meter track; six full-sized basketball courts; 25-yard, eight-lane pool with a separate one-meter and three-meter diving well; locker, training, and equipment rooms. The Legends Fitness for Life Center offers a strength and fitness facility with its own climbing wall. The outdoor facilities include 12 tennis courts, a cross country race course, fitness trails, and an all-weather track.

Additional Luther Wrestling Camps

  • Technique Camp: June 18-21, 2017
  • Intensive "Train Like a Norseman" Training Camp: June 18-22, 2017
  • Norse "Big Man on Campus" Camp: June 18-22, 2017
  • Team Camp I: July 5-8, 2017
  • Team Camp II: July 10-13, 2017
  • Team Camp III: July 16-19, 2017

For more information, please contact:
Summer Camps Office—phone (563) 387-1309 or email [email protected]
Coach Dave Mitchell
—phone (563) 380-2760 or email [email protected]