Weekend Wars is, as New Breed Wrestling head coach Mario Chagolla once put it, "wrestling's best kept secret."
"I consider myself blessed today," Chagolla said. "I am so pleased that she (Carolyn Wester) was able to put off training some of the Olympic champions that she is training to come over here and help us out. And I'll tell you what, I heard from a lot of people all the benefits that you would reap and this is unbelievable."
Always one to help grow Arizona wrestling and improve all wrestlers, not just his state championship Cowboys, Camp Verde was able to bring in two instructors for a special seminar before the weekly tournament.
The San Jose, Calif. based Wrestling Prep, headed up by Carolyn Wester, ventured to Camp Verde for an interesting and different seminar that surprised the 30-year wrestling vet.
Wester, a Kentucky native, has been around wrestling since high school and involved as a coach for the past 8 years. She specializes in the math of wrestling and body leverage.
The seminar focused on body leverage and scrambling, with Wester breaking down different angles of the legs and body mid move. The Kentucky native showed eager wrestlers simple tweaks like the position of their foot on a shot for better stability or the angle of the knee to not be taken down.
"What she has been able to do, as far as putting into drills, to perfect your shots, she's teaching some things that I've never seen before," Chagolla said. "I'm amazed and I've been doing this for 30 years."
Wester had kids doing a somersault into a double leg, a backwards-somersault into the splits and then a shot and different types of techniques from the bottom to get a reversal with less work than a standup or traditional reversal.
One of the things that amazed Chagolla was her knowledge of wrestlers' center of gravity and how to manipulate it. A basic adjustment of ones hips and they go from constantly being taken down or controlled to a nearly immovable object.
One of the added benefits of having the seminar before Weekend Wars is that immediately after Wester is done teaching, the wrestlers are able to turnaround and apply what they have learned in a highly competitive environment.
"That's exactly what I'm looking forward to," Chagolla said. "Not only are we being taught, but we're going to put it right into a tournament type dual so we can see the kids utilize everything we were just taught."