Max Morin has been helping organize wrestling camps across the country this summer, with stops in Miami, Nashville, Montana, and Iowa. The Central Cambria graduate is excited to add his hometown of Ebensburg to that list.
The University of Iowa of Excellence will be holding a clinic during Red Devil Wrestling on August 6 at Central Cambria High School. The school’s wrestling promoters sponsor the festival, which includes educational clinics by Maureen and Pete Jonestown assistant coach Tyler Reinhart as well as activities such as a corn pit tournament and a mini petting zoo. Food trucks will be on hand and music will be playing throughout the day as the boosters aim to make it an event for the whole family.
“I think they’re doing it pretty cool,” Maureen said in a phone interview from Iowa City, where he’s been helping his university run camp. “It grows the sport and makes wrestling in the area where I grew up better.”
Maureen, who won a pair of state titles in Central Cambria before graduating in 2017, recalled how as a youngster he attended camps and clinics run by local alumni — including Nick Roberts, John Rizzo, Evan Henderson, AJ Shop, John and Judy Streetmatter — who went on to wrestle in the college.
Maureen, a four-time NCAA qualifier who earned the All-American title when the 2020 championship was canceled, helped the Hawkeyes win the 2021 National title. He’s back for a final season with Iowa State, but first he gets a chance to fight back. This sport by helping young wrestlers.
“I can see the country, help out, do camp, and earn a little money,” he said. “It was a fun summer.”
Fun is the name of the game at the festival.
“We will try to make it a full-day event for families,” said Benny Rager, a Red Devils medal-winning wrestler from a decade ago who is helping to organize the event.
“If your son or daughter is wrestling, we want you to do something. We’re running a cornhole tournament to generate more interest. Even if you don’t have someone at the wrestling event, you can come and participate in the cornhole tournament.”
One of the boosters contains goats, which you will bring to the young children to raise. Food will be available from 3 Brothers Donuts, Kona Ice, Jessie Rolled Ice Cream, Dunny’s Pizza, J&J Cluckin Sammiches and Patterson Country Cooking.
“We’re trying to get as much work done as possible,” Rager said. “It’s a day–not just drop off your son in the morning and come back at night–but to spend the whole day here.”
The tournament will take place in the evening at Red Devilplex – artificial turf pitches in Central Cambria. Early registration must be done by July 25 to guarantee free wrestlers T-Shirts.
The event was the brainchild of Central Cambria’s sporting director.
AD, Randy Wilson, came up to us and said ‘Why don’t we do an overseas tournament? Rager remembers.
Initially, the plan was to wait until next year for the event to launch. Instead, the plans came together quickly. Rager was influenced by how the word spread.
“We have some commitments from Ohio,” he said. “So far, it looks good. There’s a lot of interest on Facebook. I think we’re all somewhat optimistic that it’s going to be something great. The plan is to make it a recurring thing and have it every year.”