The event was organized by head coach Sean Moistner and featured guest instructor Jeff Bedard who was a three-time high school state champion in Georgia at Redan High School before earning a NAIA national championship in college and being named a two-time All-American at Carson-Newman College.
“Every summer, we have a camp for the wrestlers to work with a high-level coach to reinforce the principles and techniques that will make them successful,” Moistner said.
Despite Alexander hosting the camp, the organizers opened it up for all grapplers in Douglas County and beyond to participate in the activities.
“This allows younger guys to get introduced to the sport because we have four or five wrestlers who will be high school freshmen this fall,” Moistner said.
“They get to see the level of technique and commitment that will be expected.”
The camp allowed the wrestlers to work on their overall skills while focusing on hand fighting, being in neutral position, hip escapes and other techniques.
“It helps the kids to have someone like coach Bedard come in and reinforce what we’ve been teaching while also learning new skills as well,” Moistner said.
The camp represents Alexander’s continued commitment to incorporate wrestling into the Douglas County community. The Cougars’ program allows non-Alexander wrestlers to participate in spring practices along with summer activities with outside instructors.
“We feel if all of the wrestlers in Douglas County can get better, that helps our program overall because we’re pushing each other to improve,” Moistner said
While the Alexander varsity wrestling team itself is out of competition for the summer, many of the wrestlers themselves have been very active with Team Georgia and recently competed at the Junior National Duals competition in Oklahoma City.
The structure of Douglas County prep wrestling will change this fall with Alexander, Chapel Hill, New Manchester and Lithia Springs grouped into the same region for the first time.
“It’s weird but doesn’t change anything,” said Moistner.
“Every fall, I work with a different Douglas County school during club season. We actually encourage other schools to view our instructional videos online to get better.”