UNK wrestling completes biggest Blue & Gold team camp on record

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Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 9:18 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The reigning Division II national wrestling champions UNK hosted a four-day Blue and Gold team camp for youth through the high school level that came to a conclusion Wednesday.

The annual event had the most participants in attendance this year, which UNK wrestling coach Dalton Jensen attributes to a variety of factors.

“I think wrestling is definitely growing here in Nebraska,” Jensen said. “I think there’s a lot of variables that, maybe, led to the numbers that we had this weekend. I think the success that we had on the mat, personally as a team this year, obviously helps. I think we run a good event and create good opportunities for kids to come wrestle.”

Grand Island Senior won the high school portion of the camp.

The Lopers featured eight All-Americans on the roster this year and they were all in attendance participating as counselors.

“The guys we have on our team, they were national champs this year and they grew up doing this same thing,” Jensen said. “Going around to camps and learning from the all-stars of the sport from that time, so now for these guys to go on -- they’ve learned a lot and they’ve had success. Now for them to go pass it on to the youth I think is awesome.

“I think the big purpose of our events and what we’re trying to accomplish is we’re trying to create wrestling opportunity in central Nebraska for youth and high school. And then obviously we want to help sustain and thrive the UNK wrestling program. The funds that we make here help go directly go to UNK wrestling to help it continue its success.”

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