Saturday, July 19, 2014
The mats spread across the Berkeley gymnasium stretched a deep blue beneath the freshly painted “Fear the Deer” mural on the wall.
The message was clear: when playing Berkeley, present or future, opponents better be ready.
BHS wrestling coach Shane Judy takes his Stag Pride seriously, especially when talking about the future of Berkeley wrestling.
“We have to build for the future beginning with these young kids,” the second year wrestling coach said. “And the only way to do that is to begin teaching them at an early age.”
Judy’s first wrestling camp also involved wrestlers that would feed into Timberland, but his passion for wrestling isn’t confined to Berkeley High School.
“I want to inprove wrestling county wide,” he said. “We have several great wrestling academies here in Berkeley County with the Bonneau Takedown Club, Berkeley Wrestling and Lowcountry Wrestling Academy. Wrestling for elementary and middle school athletes is strong across the state and we have to do our work here to develop our athletes.”
Judy put more than 20 wrestlers through skills and conditioning drills during the July 13-17 wrestling camp, getting on the mat exercising with campers himself.
“We don’t walk on this mat, we run,” he said during pre-session stretching drills. “Know where you’re going and what you’re going to do once you get there ... and get there.”
Judy said there is a deep pool of wrestling talent in the Moncks Corner, St. Stephen and Summerville area and this talent pool was well represented at the Stags’ inaugural camp.
“Timberland has a strong wrestling program and has a bright future with academies like Bonneau Takedown Club.”
Judy was pleased with the turnout for a first camp and hopes in years to come the numbers will rise like they have with the Stags baseball camp run by Coach Landy Cox.
This year’s camp fielded more than 75 campers.
“When we’re here it’s about what school you’ll attend,” Judy said. “It’s all about wrestling and it’s all about the kids.”