Chesapeake Beach Will Host Grappling Camp of Champions

Calvert Independent Article
June 1991

Twenty-four of the top junior wrestlers in the Eastern United States, plus their coaches and an impressive array of national clinicians and councilors will converge on Chesapeake Beach in the last week of June to help prepare for the 1991 AAU National Championships

The young wrestlers are all pre high school age, with this camp de signed primarily for those weighing 85 pounds and under. The camp has also been recognized by both the Maryland State Wrestling Association and the Maryland AAU as the states official Junior National Training Camp.

Since wrestlers were invited and do not pay to attend, selection for this annual camp was very demanding. Placing in the top six nationally in one of the four styles of wrestling was the top criteria for selection. Of the 20 wrestlers committed to attend, 17 have won national champion titles within the past two years.

Thus far five Maryland wrestlers have been invited to the camp, including Chesapeake Beach's Jason and Kevin Gabrielson.

The camp is being hosted by Southern Maryland Wrestling Club, the 1990 AAU Grand National Team champions in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.

Bruce Gabrielson, former high school and college coach plus former AAU Masters National Champion, and Jim Howard, a two-time member of the U.S. World Cup Team, will serve as co-directors. Each session is open to the public at no cost, but only invited wrestlers may participate directly. Sessions will be held each day at Beach Elementary. There will be two sessions Friday afternoon, three sessions Saturday and two sessions Sunday. Between sessions the visitors are planning a visit to the local beach and a swimming trip to Kings Landing.

Picture of those who attended the camp

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