On Sunday, September 23rd, Kenston hosted a wrestling camp with Ohio State clinic technicians, Joey Mckenna and Myles Martin. The camp was a huge success, bringing in around 50 wrestlers from all around the local area. Wrestlers were able to learn new techniques that both Joey and Myles have used to win some of their esteemed titles, and were able try these moves out for themselves. Wrestlers worked one on one with Mckenna and Martin to perfect their new skills, and show off their own styles during live breakouts. Senior Kenston wrestler, Joe Koplow, said, “It was really influential having some of the best wrestlers in the country teaching us and seeing how the next level really is.”
At the conclusion of the clinic, I had the opportunity to sit down with Myles Martin and Joey Mckenna, and received some insight on their wrestling journeys. Both have faced long and difficult roads in order to get where they are now, and have learned along the way that wrestling is a brutal sport that takes intense dedication and effort. Myles has faced doubters early in his career, and decided to, “…Prove to him [football coach] that I was good enough to take wrestling a long ways and not just go to high school, get to college, burn out, and not do well in college.” Joey was met with challenges as well, dealing with a shoulder injury and a trusted coach resigning at the same time. It was during this period in his life that he realized that, “…You can’t take anything in this sport for granted and nothing is guaranteed.” Through this, he learned that to make it in this brutal sport, you have to put in your own effort and your passion and drive is what will take you as far as you are willing to go.
Although Joey and Myles came to Kenston to teach specific techniques, their hopes for what our young wrestlers take away from this camp goes far deeper. Joey said, “For me, I always hope that something resonated with them, whether it be the impact I had just by talking to them and seeing them, or something little that I said that could impact them…I want to make a difference in people’s lives.” Myles agreed and said, “I think at a young age it’s not so much winning or competition, it’s more about doing it to see if you really love the sport…because it’s a really hard sport…and I think now you just have to make it fun for the kids, make sure that they’re loving it and make sure that they’re learning as well.” It was a great privilege and a wonderful opportunity for the wrestlers from all grade and skill levels to be exposed to these two incredible athletes, and Kenston thanks them for their time and dedication to this sport and to the next generation of experienced wrestlers.