Appalachian State Wrestling Camps

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC 28608


HIGH SCHOOL SESSIONS:  JUNE 27-30, JULY 10-14, JULY 15-18 High School (H.S.) divisions.
First (June 27-30) and Third (July 15-18) Sessions will wrestle eight dual meets. Second (July 10-14) session will wrestle eleven (11) dual meets.  Individual tournaments will be held at the end of each session. All H.S. wrestlers should be ready for H.S. level wrestling.

INTENSIVE CAMP:  JULY 10-18 Campers will get matches with other Intensive Campers, will wrestle in two individual tournaments, and will wrestle on teams at the Team Camps. Wrestlers will get to wrestle as many as 20 to 30 matches along with learning to drill and condition like collegiate wrestlers. Wrestlers must be ready for intensive activity and drilling when they come to camp. All Intensive Campers must be 15 years or older and have 3+ years of wrestling experience. Beginning wrestlers cannot sign up for the Intensive Camp.

JUNIOR HIGH/M.S. DIVISION: JULY 10-14 & JULY 15-18 App State Wrestling Camp has opened the last two sessions of summer camp to include Junior High/Middle School (M.S. ). In these two sessions we run Junior High/M.S. matches and a special Junior High/M.S. tournament to give your young and inexperienced wrestlers a shot at success. We also group wrestlers by weight to give your light and heavy wrestlers a better chance to succeed. Discounts are available for Junior High/M.S. teams or these teams can be combined with your high school teams for discounts. We accept wrestlers as young as 10 years old.

COACHES EDUCATION: There will be a coaches education session at each camp. The coaches sessions will involve topics such as strength & conditioning, nutrition, marketing, and fund-raising for your program. This is included in the camp with no additional cost to coaches.

SPECIALIZED TECHNIQUE & TRAINING CAMP: JULY 6-9 Limited to the first 50 paid registrations. Open to wrestlers 15 years and older. Camp will be run exclusively by App State Coaching Staff. Campers get specialized, individualized instruction, and will be given a taste of collegiate type training. Camp will take place in the App State Wrestling Room

About Our Coaches

JohnMark Bentley

In 2017-18, JohnMark Bentley was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four seasons and the fourth time in his nine seasons as the Mountaineers' head coach.

Improving his career record to 88-59-1, Bentley led App State to a third straight regular season title and a sweep-completing tournament title with a young 2017-18 team that had only two returning starters competing at the same spots from the previous year. The Mountaineers’ primary lineup included three freshmen and two sophomores, with two additional freshmen also making multiple dual meet appearances, and Appalachian won the title even though it redshirted the only 2017 NCAA qualifier on the roster.

App State went 7-0 in the Southern Conference for the second straight year, put eight wresters in the finals of the league tournament and had four wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships. The Mountaineers also wrestled in front of standing-room-only crowds at home against NC State and Duke, with the Blue Devils’ appearance drawing more than 300 students to Varsity Gym.

App State's 20-1 record in SoCon dual meets since the start of the 2015-16 season included a stretch in which the Mountaineers climbed to as high as No. 16 in the national rankings during the 2016-17 season.

Nationally, during the same three-year stretch, Bentley’s program is 29-1 against non-Power Five Conference opponents with five victories against teams from Power Five leagues: Duke (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), No. 15 Oregon State (2016-17), No. 25 North Carolina (2016-17) and Duke (2016-17).

Since Bentley became head coach, the Mountaineers have had 28 NCAA qualifiers, including All-Americans in 2017 (Denzel Dejournette) and 2012 (Kyle Blevins, Austin Trotman). Bentley finished third in voting for National Coach of the Year in 2012.

Growing up less than 20 miles from App State, Bentley was a star wrestler at nearby Avery County High School before he became a three-time ACC champion at North Carolina. He began his coaching career as a Davidson assistant in 2003, was the head coach at Watauga High School from 2003-06, worked as an App State assistant from 2006-08 and was promoted to associate head coach during the 2008-09 season. He made his debut as App State’s head coach the following season.

During a 13-3 season in 2016-17, Appalachian knocked off nationally ranked Oregon State and North Carolina before winning 10 times in a stretch of 11 regular season dual matches. On the year, the Black and Gold set the program record for most overall wins in a season.

The notable 2015-16 season ended with a Southern Conference regular season championship and SoCon Tournament championship, ending a four-year drought. After a 12-4 finish, Bentley was named the SoCon Coach of the Year.

In the 2014-15 season, Bentley coached the Mountaineers to a second-place finish in both the regular season and the Southern Conference tournament. For the third consecutive year, Bentley had multiple wreslters advance to the NCAA Championships.

Bentley was named 2015 Co-SoCon Coach of the Year after guiding the Apps to a 9-8 finish with a 6-1 SoCon mark. The Apps had two all-SoCon wrestlers in Nick Kee and Denzel Dejournette. Kee was named Freshman of the Year and joined Forrest Przybysz on the all-freshmen team.
Bentley saw two wrestlers go to the NCAA championships in 2014 as SoCon champions. Dominic Parisi won the 125-pound weight class and Dylan Cottrell, 2014 SoCon Freshman of the Year, won at 149 pounds.

Coming off of a SoCon title in 2012, Bentley led the Mountaineers to an 8-6 overall mark and a 5-2 record within the conference – good for a second-place regular season finish. Both Parisi and Zack Strickland advanced to the 2013 NCAA Wrestling championships as at-large selections for their seasons at 125 and 165 pounds, respectively.

Bentley led the Mountaineers to the 2012 Southern Conference Championship with a 6-0 record. The squad also finished 21st place at the NCAA tournament. Because of his efforts, Bentley with was named the 2012 SoConCoach of the Year and finished third in the voting for NCAA National Coach of the Year in 2012.

In each of his first two seasons as head coach, Bentley had multiple wrestlers win Southern Conference titles and advance to the national championships. Tony Gravely, Dylan Temple and Austin Trotman were SoConchampions in 2010, while Trotman and Kyle Blevins won their classes in 2011.

As a college wrestler, Bentley was twice named team MVP at North Carolina. He was the 2001 ACC Wrestler of the Year and a 2000 University Nationals Freestyle All-American. He ranks ninth in UNC single-season win percentage with a mark of .919 after he went 31-2 in 2000-01.

He is sixth all-time with an .851 career winning percentage at Carolina and finished with 92 career wins. He was a three-year member of the UNC Student-Athletic Council and earned a degree in communications in 2001. In 2008, he earned a masters degree in school administration from App State.

A three-sport athlete at Avery High School, Bentley was the second wrestler in North Carolina high school history to win four state championships. He finished his high school career with a perfect 144-0 record, capped by a National Championship in 1997.

Camp Details

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND:  M.S. Camp open to wrestlers from 10+ yrs of age. H.S. Camp open to rising 9-12 grades. 2019 graduates may attend for instruction or to help coach, but cannot wrestle in matches.

DAY CAMPERS: Local students may attend as day campers. Rate includes all instruction and limited insurance coverage. (No meals are included.) Day campers may purchase their own meals in the cafeteria.

Varsity Gym, 1:00-4:00 p.m. First day of each session.
Weigh-in 1:00-4:00 p.m. Varsity Gym.
Specialized Camp; Varsity Gym, 2:30-4:00 p.m


Individual wrestlers can come to any session and will be assigned to a team. Individual wrestlers are wrestlers without a coach. Wrestlers will be supervised by qualified staff. Wrestlers must adhere to the code of conduct.


All resident campers will be housed in residence halls on campus. Supervision is the responsibility of the coach attending with his team, plus App State staff. Balanced meals will be served by University Food Services. Meals will be served from the breakfast meal on the first morning through dinner the last full day. Meals can be purchased in cafeteria the first night or last morning by paying cash.


Check out from residence hall will be from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. the last day of camp. After check out participants report to Varsity Gym for closing session. 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. — Drill session for all participants in tournament. An optional tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. after closing session. Breakfast will not be served the last morning of each session but can be purchased in the cafeteria.