The Pryor Times


July 10, 2014

Pryor youth camp draws talent, new blood

PRYOR, OK — Former Locust Grove head coach Johnny Cook was on hand Wednesday morning to lead a session of the Pryor Summer Skills Wrestling Camp at the Burdick Center.

Cook helped the campers work on throws, holds and escape techniques during the third day of the five-day camp, which features coaching from some of the best wrestling talent in the state.

Three-time state champion Cub Yeager joined his former coach Wednesday to lead drills with the youngsters. Yeager, who won his third-consecutive crown for Locust Grove in March, will head to the University of Wyoming in the fall.

Pryor High School head coach Roger White said about 80 percent of the campers are coming up in the Pryor program.

The junior high program is coordinated by Brett Gray, who has led the camp the past three summers.

The last two days of the camp will include instruction from a pair of Oklahoma State alums: Chris Barnes, an undefeated national champion, and Kendall Cross, an Olympic champion at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games and National Wrestling Hall of Famer.

White said he was happy to see a big turnout in the junior high ranks, and that he is always looking to get kids on the mat that see themselves as one- or two-sport athletes.

White had several seniors during his first year as head coach, and he is proud that they all had a plan upon graduation. Three are joining the military, three are headed to junior colleges and one is pursuing a career in the culinary arts.

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