NHSCA Announces Outstanding Clinic Line Up for Upcoming Championships
Monday, March 9, 2015
Posted by: Mattie Potter
The NHSCA, National High School Coaches Association, is pleased to announce that the 26th Annual National High School Wrestling Championships will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The event will take place Friday, March 27 thru Sunday, March, 29, 2015. The 26th Annual NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships feature five divisions of competition – Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Middle School on 36 mats.
The 26th Annual National High School Wrestling Championships will showcase and eight top-notch clinics throughout the duration of the event. All clinics are FREE to coaches, wrestlers, parents, and spectators! The clinics will be held on the featured mat in front of the Head Table. We hope you can take full advantage of this year’s fantastic clinics!
To kick things off Friday morning, at 8am will be Iowa State Head Coach Kevin Jackson. Jackson has been the leader of the Cyclones since 2009. During his helm, he has coached two NCAA individual champions and had a third place team finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Jackson won the Olympic Gold Medal in the 1992 Olympic Games. He has also won 2 World Championships. During his college career, Kevin was a four time NCAA All American. He competed two years at Louisiana State University until they dropped their program. Jackson then transferred to Iowa State to finish out his career.
Following Coach Jackson at the 10am time slot will be Cliff Keen sponsored athlete, Tervel Dlagnev. Tervel was on the 2012 Olympic Team. He was the Silver medalist at the World Cup. He is also a 2x Pan American Champion. In college, Dlagnev wrestled for DII powerhouse Nebraska Kearney. He is a 2x NCAA DII National Champion and a 4x All American.
Head Coach Steve Martin of Old Dominion University will be featured at noon on Friday. Martin has been the leader at Old Dominion for the last 11 years. ODU has now sent 37 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in the past nine seasons. Martin has now led Old Dominion to double-digit dual victories in eight of his nine seasons with the program. Prior to his helm, he was the head coach at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA. Martin coached 40 high school state champions, 98 state place-winners, 35 All-Americans (freestyle and folkstyle) and six high school national champions. Martin himself was a NCAA All American for the Hawkeyes of Iowa.
On Friday, March 27th at 2pm, JohnMark Bentley will be conducting a clinic. Bentley is the current Head Coach at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina; a position he has held for the last 5 years. Bentley joined the program as an assistant in 2006. For the past two seasons, Bentley has coached 2 NCAA Qualifiers. Bentley attended and competed for the University of North Carolina. He was the 2001 ACC Wrestler of the Year and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Bentley is a 1997 NHSCA Senior National Champion as well.
The last clinic on Friday will be shepherded by Virginia Tech’s Head Coach Kevin Dresser. Dresser took over the helm in 2006 and has successfully built the program into one of the elite national programs. The Hokies continue to climb the national ladder in the rankings. Dresser has coached eight wrestlers to 10 All America medals, including the 2014 NCAA Runner-Up Devin Carter. Prior to taking over the Hokies, Dresser was the head coach at Christiansburg High School in Christiansburg, Virginia. Dresser competed at the collegiate level for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was the 1986 NCAA National Champion and is a 2x All American.
Saturday morning kicks off in style with ‘Mean’ Gene Mills. Gene was a 1980 US Olympian and voted the "Athlete of the Year" by the US Olympic Committee. He won 3 World Cup Championships for the United States. Gene was a 2x NCAA National Champion. He was the NCAA I record holder for most pins with 107. He is also Syracuse’s first 4x All American. He is currently the Head Coach at Phoenix High School in Phoenix, New York. Gene also has a wrestling club called Pin2Win.
At 10am Saturday morning, there will be a clinic with Lee Pritts. Pritts is currently the Assistant Coach at Arizona State University. Pritts has been deemed one of the top recruiters in the country. Prior to his position at ASU, he was the assistant at North Carolina State, Missouri, and Old Dominion over his 14 year coaching career. Pritts has coaches many of the current greats including: Ben Askren, 2x NCAA Champ, 4x NCAA Finalist & 2008 Olympian; Max Askren, NCAA Champ and 3x All American; and multiple additional standouts. Pritts was a 3x NCAA Qualifier and earned All American status in 1996 for Eastern Michigan.
The final clinic at the 2015 NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships will be with Charlie Heard. Charlie has been the NHSCA’s Orphan Coach for the past few years coaching those who come to the tournament without a coach. This is a position Charlie has taken pride in! This year, he will be showcasing his tutelage. Charlie was the 1983 NCAA National Runner Up, as well as a 3x All American University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Registration for the 26th Annual NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championship will close Tuesday, March 24th at midnight. Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this great tradition and past champions like Kyle Dake, Jordan Burroughs, Jake Varner, and Cael Sanderson. Click Here to see all the pertinent information on the event and to register in your respective division! If you have any questions, please call us at (610) 923-0900 during our business hours or email Mattie at Potter@nhsca.com anytime.