No Rest For Longhorn Wrestlers

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There will be no off-season lull for members of the Longhorn wrestling team.

Coaches have designed a full slate of summer activities that include camps, practices, competition and a benefit steak dinner.

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PHS wrestler Mark McCarty (top) and his teammates have a full summer agenda that includes practice sessions, two camps and a benefit steak dinner. McCarty, who will be a sophomore at Payson High School next school year, is shown in action during the Rim Country Duals last season.

Practices for middle school and high school athletes will be held throughout the summer at 5 p.m. each Monday in Wilson Dome. The practices are designed to prepare the athletes for next season and for matches June 15 at Apache Junction High School and each Wednesday in July at Moon Valley High School.

Also on the mat calender is a June 10 and 11 mini camp in Wilson Dome. It has drawn campers from Mesa, Gilbert, Apache Junction and Kellis High School. Representatives of Aztec (N.M.) High School also are expected to attend.

Three sessions will be held Friday and two sessions during Saturday's camp. Saturday practice will be followed by an afternoon mini-tournament and an evening barbecue.

Three-time state champion and Western State College of Colorado All-American R.C. LaHaye will be on hand as guest instructor.

Also on the wrestlers' summer agenda is a stay at the Camp of Champs June 24 to 28 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

According to PHS coach Rich Ormand, state championship teams from Hawaii, Utah and Wyoming will attend.

"The camp will have some great competition," he said. "We expect about 21 of our wrestlers to attend."

The camp curriculum will include two technical practices and individual matches each day.

"Our wrestlers will get about 15 duals during the camp," Ormand said. "It will be great practice for them."

Some of the money needed to fund the ambitious summer schedule will be earned June 14 at a benefit steak dinner at Payson Elementary School. The dinner runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; the menu includes charbroiled sirloin steak, potato, beans, salad and beverage.

Tickets, $6 for adults and $3 for children, are available from any PHS wrestler or at the door.

Although the summer schedule has kept Ormand hopping, he said it will produce results.

"It is going to be a real productive summer and will help keep us a top wrestling program," he said.

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