Satch and Rulon Gardner, part 2
Two years ago, during his first year at the Ken Chertow Gold Medal Wrestling Camp, Satch got to meet and train with Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner. This year, Rulon was back, and he showed the wrestlers a number of great underhook set-ups to throws and take downs.
Satch has come a long way in those two years, and even though once again he’s wrestling kids heavier than himself, he’s been doing quite well in the sessions I’ve watched (though I’m keeping away for the most part so he can do this year’s camp on his own as much as possible).
I was, however, there last evening, when Coach Chertow, himself a former Olympian and Penn State Coach, singled out what he dubbed the “bulldog corner” — picking Satchel and his practice partner, as well as another pair of kids a bit bigger — to demonstrate the intensity he wanted to see in drilling a strong double leg takedown.
My wife was there with me and we were both very proud of him for being selected to demonstrate for the other campers, and for being motivated enough that his efforts were singled out in the first place.
It’s tough being away from him when he’s being coached, but at the same time, it’s good that he’s receiving coaching from some of the best wrestlers this country has ever produced. In addition to working with Rulon Gardner and Chertow, Satchel worked these past few days with 4-time Iowa All-American Mike Mena and a host of national champions and All-Americans, including several from the Colorado wrestling hall of fame.
He has a ways to go before he’s ready to really take that next step — many of Coach Chertows campers are east coasters and go to his camps year round — but if he sticks with it, there’s no denying his abilities.
Congrats, Satch. Even if you never read this.