Perry Wrestling hosts renowned coaches for annual summer camp

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Pablo Ubasa demonstrates various skills to young wrestlers on Friday, July 27, 2018. PHOTO BY LIBBIE RANDALL/THE PERRY CHIEF

Although wrestling season is still several months away, the Perry Bluejays continue to work on leadership and preparation this summer. Perry High School hosted a wrestling camp on July 26 through July 28. The three day camp was open to those entering grades 3-12 and who have an interest in the sport.

Campers got the opportunity to learn more about wrestling including various mental and physical habits used by the well-known and successful wrestlers that led the camp each day.

Although many interested athletes attended from all around the area, Bluejay Head Coach Mark Weber says this camp was a great way to provide an opportunity for his team to improve as well.

“For the kids who are [at camp] it’s a good way for them to hopefully pick up one or two things rather than not having any opportunity at all,” said Weber.

Current owner and coach of Ubasa Wrestling Academy Pablo Ubasa was one of the visiting mentors during this camp. Having wrestled under the leadership of former University of Iowa Wrestling Coach Dan Gable, Ubasa shared advice, skills, and habits that he has learned in his wrestling career. Ubasa also shared wisdom with the campers from his experiences coaching alongside Olympic Wrestler Terry Brands, Two-Time National Champion Mark Ironside, and other legendary Hawkeyes.

When asked what one piece of advice he hopes campers can walk away with, Ubasa touched on the simplicity of hard work.

“The bottom line is to be the best you can be,” said Ubasa. “Give it your all and don’t cut corners. It’s as simple as that.”