Yellow Jackets visit Navy

Waynesburg University wrestlers recently took the opportunity to work as counselors and instructors at a series of camps at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Waynesburg University wrestling team recently took advantage of the opportunity to work as counselors and instructors at a series of camps at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

It was the seventh consecutive season that the Yellow Jackets not only assisted younger athletes, but got the opportunity to hone their skills against other counselors from across the country. The camps took place from June 15 to July 7.

Waynesburg was represented by sophomores Jaeden Gordon and Dylan Williams, juniors Marco Parry and Dillion Charlton, senior Dan Verhovsek, and the latest crop of Yellow Jacket newcomers.

Waynesburg assistant coach Gennaro Bonaventura continued his long-standing relationship with the camps and was joined at times by head coach Ron Headlee. All Waynesburg representatives helped run training sessions, demonstrated various techniques, conducted one-on-one workouts with campers and were all accountable for their own small squads of campers.

The Jackets were joined by representatives from scholarship programs at Navy, Lock Haven and American University and spent more than three weeks at the U.S. Naval Academy facilities and were part of five of its camps. Among the highlights of the trips were the Father/Son Camp and the two-week Ultra Camp that featured actual U.S. Navy Seals as instructors.

Waynesburg representatives also participated in and assisted in the Academy’s Technique Camp.

Joel Sharratt, head wrestling coach at The United States Naval Academy, expressed his appreciation for Waynesburg’s continued involvement at the Midshipmen’s annual wrestling camps.

“I feel fortunate to have built a win-win relationship with the Waynesburg staff and athletes,” Sharratt said. “The student-athletes who come in for camp learn so much more than just wrestling skills. They benefit from the exposure they have to our clinicians, Navy SEALs, Active Duty Senior Leaders and so much more. They do a great job as camp counselors reinforcing the lessons being shared on skills, training, mental and physical toughness, grit and most of all, good leadership.”

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