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Thursday August 2, 2007 at 5:03pm Age: 11 yrs
Category: District


The summer of 2007 marked the first time Minisink Valley Warrior Wrestling joined forces with two of the top collegiate programs in the country at their home site as members of the Oklahoma Sooners wrestling team, Matt Storniolo, 2007 Big Ten Champion, and Josh Weitzel, NCAA qualifier and 2X Pennsylvania State Runner-up, and another from Penn State, Mark McKnight, 2X Pennsylvania State Champion, came to town for a week of intensive training.

All three are tremendous athletes and phenomenal wrestlers and they showed their skills and abilities to everyone who came by for the instruction. The guys did a great job, and Coaches Gallagher and Hendershot and all the campers would like to offer their sincere thanks.

Coach Gallagher went on to say the following, "This was, by far, the best wrestling camp experience I have ever seen. All three clinicians were tremendous in their dealing with the kids and with the MV staff. I was especially impressed with the patience that each displayed when working with the kids. We had quite a few younger kids participate in camp and all three instructors took every chance to give out 'one-on-one' instruction whenever needed.
It would be an honor and a privilege to have Matt Storniolo, Mark McKnight and Josh Weitzel return to Minisink Valley in the years to come."

Gallagher went on to say, "I'd also like to extend my sincere thanks to Oklahoma University head coach Jack Spates for putting together such a fantastic group of clinicians. Coach Spates and the Oklahoma Gold Wrestling Camps have made a tremendous impact on our program over the last several years. We have had some fantastic experiences and we all look forward to a continued relationship with Coach Spates and his Oklahoma Gold staff in the years ahead."

Pictured here are collegiate wrestlers Josh Weitzel and Matt Storniolo holding up Mark McKnight after a tough practice session. (This news item was provided courtesy of the web site powered by the Minisink Valley Wrestling Booster Club.)