Badger Wrestling Camps

University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI 53711


Overview

The University of Wisconsin Badger Wrestling Camps are designed to provide technical instruction, develop and improve skills in a competitive atmosphere, and prepare student-athletes for the upcoming wrestling season. Camp instruction will be led by our very successful Badger Coaching Staff with assistance and demonstration from current and former UW wrestlers. Our camps will address all aspects of becoming a better wrestler with emphasis on drill technique, live wrestling, and mental toughness. All sessions of Badger Sports Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.


About Our Coaches

Chris Bono

Head coach Chris Bono is ready to take Wisconsin wrestling to new heights and begins his first season with the Badgers in 2018-19.

He was hired as the 16th head coach in UW history on March 24, 2018.

Bono spent the last six seasons as the head coach at South Dakota State, establishing the Jackrabbits as a national contender and a powerhouse in the Big 12, coaching three conference champions in the program's three years in the league.

The Jackrabbits are coming off their best season under Bono. Two-time All-American Seth Gross won the program's first national title at 133 pounds while the team placed 12th in the NCAA tournament, the highest finish of any Big 12 team.

Bono has coached five All-Americans at South Dakota State, including three from last season. He produced two the year before, marking the first All-Americans for South Dakota State at the Division I level. Bono had at least one NCAA Qualifier since taking the reins of the program and had a school-record seven in the most recent tournament.

Bono leaves SDSU with a 64-41 overall record, a total of 24 NCAA qualifiers, five All-Americans and one national champion.

A four-time NCAA qualifier and three-time All-American for Iowa State, Bono ranks fifth in ISU history with 130 career wins and was the 150-pound NCAA champion as a junior. He went on to coach as an assistant at his alma mater for nine years and was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002.

Bono then spent three seasons as the head coach at Chattanooga and led the Mocs to three Southern Conference titles, coaching two All-Americans and 19 NCAA qualifiers from 2006-09.

In national and international competition, Bono is a two-time United States National Champion, took first at the World Cup in both 2002 and 2003 and is a three-time World Team member.


Camp Details

The Prospect Camp
Is intended for competitive high school aged wrestlers. These campers are highly motivated to compete at the college level. Training sessions will be physical and exhaustive mix of technique, drilling, and live wrestling. This will be a high-level camp geared towards campers with a high level of skill and wrestling experience. Campers should expect to understand what it takes to be a Division 1 wrestler.

The Badger Team Camp
Offers the opportunity for teams to develop and improve skills in a competitive atmosphere. This will allow your team to see where they stand and to determine what skills need to be improved before the season starts. Current Wisconsin wrestlers will help evaluate and mentor your team. The Badger Coaching staff will have separate sessions with the coaches that are attending with their teams that will discuss teaching philosophy and program building. Housing will be in Cole Hall with dining at the Four Lakes Market in the recently built Dejope Hall.

The Intensive Training Camp
Is designed to provide high intensity instruction for individuals that want to improve their skills. The Badger coaching staff has had success at the national, world and Olympic levels and will provide a systematic approach to the instruction. It is important that each athlete not only understands the technique but also recognizes when to use the skills. Drilling technique and live wrestling will be part of the development and learning process, and current university athletes will serve as counselors to help you learn.

The Badger Technique Camp
Is designed to provide technical instruction for individuals that want to improve their skill in a teaching environment. It is important that each athlete not only understands the technique but also recognizes when to use the skills. Drilling technique and live wrestling will be part of the development and learning process, and current Badger athletes will serve as counselors to help you learn.

The Little Badger Camp is designed to provide introduction-level instruction for individuals that want to improve their wrestling skills in a teaching environment.