Wrestling legend at local camp this week

Wade Schalles brings 15 national titles to Juneau youth clinic

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2008

Former Olympic and amateur wrestler, NCAA coach and best-selling author Wade Schalles will conduct the Juneau Youth Wrestling Tornados Wade Schalles Clinic beginning on Sunday and running through this Wednesday at the Gymnastics Academy.

The camp will open on Sunday with two sessions. The first will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The second will run from 2-5 p.m.

A one-time fee of $20 will be charged at the door. participants from age 8 to adult are invited to any or all sessions and partial sessions they can attend. Mixed martial-arts competitors are also invited to participate.

Schalles was one of just 15 former collegiate wrestlers named to the NCAA's 75th Anniversary Team in 2005. He was also enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame after a career that included 15 national championships between the disciplines of Judo, Sombo, freestyle, folkstyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.

Schalles later kept active in the sport by coaching teams at Clemson and Old Dominion Universities, where his programs set numerous NCAA records.

His instructional tapes have become popular with amateur programs across the United States, even being used by the Juneau Youth Wrestling Tornados for the past several years.

Schalles also has advanced degrees in Psychology, Education and Administration. He became the highest-rated administrator in each of his departments at both Clemson and Old Dominion.

He is currently the Executive Vice President of Continental Vista Broadcasting. Prior to that post, he was the Assistant to the President at the Amateur Athletic Union. Schalles oversaw several sports programs and other aspects of the AAU for nearly 10 years.

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