Mike and Bill Zadick know a thing or two about wrestling. The brothers were Division-I All-Americans at the University of Iowa and have Olympic experience. But now they're back home in Great Falls training the future of wrestling.
"Getting to pick these guys' brains is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Havre wrestler Martin Wilkie, who also enrolled in the camp.
When the Zadicks were growing up, a camp their father put on was the best chance they got to improve their crafts. Now they're hoping the same philosophies they learned as kids will sink in with the campers.
"We want them to come in and work hard and enjoy it, but know why they're doing it," Mike Zadick said.
People from nine different states came to today's technique session. It's a chance for campers to learn from the best of the best when they otherwise wouldn't have that opportunity.
Bill Zadick added "I remember vividly how experiences like this impacted my career. If we can do that for another generation, or several generations, that's the idea. (We want to) fuel the next kid's passion."
While taking in training regimens and skill work is worth the cost of admission, it's the life lessons that each kid learns from the Zadicks that will resonate with them much longer in life.
"Anything we're doing is hard. You really need to have that passion and love to push through those hard times," Mike said. "That's the essence of what we're trying to do."