Wrestling Intensive Training 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 (materials only — no meals, no housing)

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 Director

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.

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!

Campers will experience championship training methods developed by the Luther College wrestling team and head coach Dave Mitchell. Campers will participate in workouts the Luther wrestling team does in and out of season. Each camper will be assigned to a counselor, and each counselor will be assigned to 10 or less campers. Thus, campers will get much one-on-one attention. There will be significant technical, mental, cardiovascular and strength growth opportunities for the campers. We view live wrestling and drilling as the best cardiovascular training for wrestling. Therefore, this camp will incorporate more wrestling and drilling than running and sprinting.

The Train Like a Norseman Intensive Training Camp is designed to provide campers with an intensive training setting which will help them reach a new level next season. Many campers have spoken highly of the impact this camp had on their success the following season!

Tentative daily schedule

(An accurate daily schedule for camp will be distributed at check-in.)

7:00-7:45 a.m. Drill / Conditioning
7:45-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-9:45 a.m. Weight Training
10:00-11:30 a.m. Technique Session
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-3:00 p.m. Technique Session
3:00-4:00 p.m. Live wrestling
4:00-5:30 p.m. Dinner
5:30-6:00 p.m. Technique review from the day, presented by counselors
6:00-7:00 p.m. Classroom training sessions including nutrition, mental imagery, plyometric training and question & answer period
7:00-8:30 p.m. Evening activity (movies, swimming, football, etc.)

 "I would like to thank you for teaching my son Tanner wrestling techniques and how to become a better wrestler at your camp. He was struggling at the varsity level last year. This year he has become a very positive and smart wrestler. He has more confidence in himself, and cares more about everything, including his studies and his future.

I want to thank you Coach Mitchell, and the camp wrestling staff for all the wonderful things you have done for my son."

Kelli, from Minnesota

Attending our "Train Like a Norseman" Intensive Training Camp and one of our Team Camps provides an excellent 9 day camp experience at a fraction of the cost of most 7-10 day camps.

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]