Cowboy Wrestling Camps

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY 82070


Overview

8 Day Intensive Camp
The Cowboy Intensive Camp is designed for the serious wrestler ages 12 and up. This camp will incorporate technique and live competition as well as strength and conditioning. The camp will focus on skill instruction and strength / conditioning exercises the first week, while the second week will be devoted to technique and live wrestling. Intensive campers will lift in our state-of-the-art facility that houses an 8600 square feet training area and they will be instructed by UW strength and conditioning staff members. An All-Star team* will be derived from the first camp tournament and these selected individuals will form a team that will compete for a dual team title during the second week. Campers will also train side-by-side with the University of Wyoming wrestling team and will learn the skills and training it takes to be the best.

4 Day Technique
The Cowboy Technique Camp is designed for wrestlers of all ages and skill levels. Our focus is building a solid foundation of technique for each camper. The majority of the time in this camp will be focused on learning wrestling skills as well as applying them in a live wrestling setting. Our outstanding group of clinicians includes Mark Branch, Teyon Ware, Ethan Kyle, McCade Ford and Bryce Meredith as well as a chance to see NCAA Champions, All-Americans and Olympians. UW Athletes will be serving as mentors and camp counselors. There will be an ATC certified trainer at each session for medical care.

4 Day Team Camp
The Cowboy Team Camp is designed for the high school wrestler and the serious wrestler preparing for High School (7th Grade and up). Your team will get top notch daily instruction from our nationally renowned staff. You will have the chance to work one on one with our clinicians to remedy problem areas your team may be facing. Coaches will have direct input to areas that will be addressed in the morning technique sessions. Two sessions of dual meet competition will help promote team unity and get your wrestlers valuable match experience. *Note-we prefer younger team campers to have adequate wrestling experience.


About Our Coaches

Mark Branch

In his 10 seasons, UW head man Mark Branch has raised the expectations of Cowboy Wrestling to new heights. He's upped the profile of Wyoming Wrestling and brought the program notoriety and name recognition with levels of success rarely seen in the program's history. With 100 dual wins and a 78-percent win rate within the conference ranks, Branch has established the Cowboys as the team to beat year in and year out. Branch has compiled a 49-14 mark against conference record foes with four regular-season dual titles.

Branch was named Big 12 Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2018, following a season in which the Cowboys went 13-3 overall with a 7-2 mark against Big 12 opponents. The Pokes' 13 dual wins went down as the fourth-most in a season in program history and their winning percentage of 81 percent is the sixth-best in one season. Wyoming finished fourth at the Big 12 Championships as seniors Archie Colgan and Bryce Meredith were awarded the program's first two Big 12 individual titles. At the 2018 NCAA Championships, Meredith was able to claim national runner-up at 141 pounds for the second time in his career while redshirt freshman Montorie Bridges earned All-America honors for the first time in his career. As a team, Wyoming tallied its best finish under branch as the Cowboys placed 17th. It was the 20th top-25 finish and third in a row for the Brown and Gold.

In its second season as a member of the Big 12 conference, Wyoming finished fifth at the Big 12 Championships in 2017after Branch led the team to a 7-8 overall dual record mark and 4-4 record in conference action. He led five Pokes to Nationals after the conference tournament. Bryce Meredith became UW's second finalist at Big 12s, while Drew Templeman, Branson Ashworth, Cole Mendenhall and Archie Colgan joined Meredith in earning a spot for the NCAA Championships. It was the first trip to Nationals for Mendenhall, Colgan and Ashworth. UW brought home its 19th top-25 finish as it tied for 21st at the NCAA Championships. Led by Meredith, the junior earned his second consecutive All-American status. Meredith finished fourth at 141-pounds for the Brown and Gold. His fourth-place finish was the 16th top-four finish for a Cowboy wrestler all-time at NCAAs. The Cowboys placed seven team members on the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling team. Meredith, Tanner Miller, Luke Paine, Kyle Pope and Brandon Tribble earned first team honors, while Templeman and Nate Shaw earned second team recognition for the Brown and Gold.

Branch led the Pokes to a 6-6 overall dual record in its first season as a member of the Big 12 conference. He guided three competitors to the 2016 NCAA Championship inside the iconic Madison Square Garden, as two of the Cowboys received seeds to this season’s championship with one Poke being unseeded. Tanner Harms earned his second trip to NCAAs, while Bryce Meredith and Drew Templeman made their first trips for UW. Meredith fell in the 141-pound final's match, but became the first Cowboy to wrestle in the finals since Reese Andy in 1996.

In 2014-15, he led the Pokes to a 11-4 overall dual record including a seven-dual winning streak. He led six Cowboys to the NCAA tournament and ad nine wrestlers earn All-WWC honors. He also guided Shane Woods to his third NCAA West Regional/WWC Championship. Currently, 54 Cowboys have been named All-Conference under Branch and he has sent 37 qualfiers to the NCAA Championship. Branch is currently fourth all-time in dual wins at Wyoming. His 11 dual wins was the fifth time he has had double-digit dual wins in his career at UW.

In 2013-14, he helped bring the Pokes back from a 1-6 start in dual action to finish 6-6 overall, but more importantly, 4-1 in WWC duals to win the regular-season title. The Cowboys knocked off 19th-ranked North Dakota State in the season finale to win the crown. In tournament action, UW brought home two Reno Tournament of Champions titles and placed two at the Las Vegas Invitational. Beginning the postseason in the West Regional, UW claimed three more weight-class crowns to up Branch's total to 23 in six seasons. The Pokes were second in the event, as the squad has placed first or second in each of the previous six years. Currently, 45 Cowboys have been named to the All-WWC squad.

Four Pokes earned bids to the 2013 NCAA Championships, bringing the head man's total to 31 over six years. UW failed to earn an All-America honor for the first time in Branch's tenure. Under Branch, UW has had eight All-America finishers.

"Mark has done a phenomenal job since 2008 in terms of developing a nationally competitive program and helping our student-athletes achieve their goals," Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman said. "He and his family have proven to be a great fit for Wyoming and he understands the state and the values of its residents. The Cowboys have reached unprecedented heights on the mat and in the classroom and I expect that to continue into the foreseeable future."

With Branch's help, senior Joe LeBlanc capped off a stellar career in 2012, earning four All-America nods, the first wrestler in UW history to do so. That same season, UW finished 19th in the team standings in 2012, the first top-20 finish for the Pokes since 1996. The dual season was a successful one, as the Cowboys were 10-3 and a 6-0 in WWC action. Wyoming won its third-straight West Regional tournament team title as four Wyoming wrestlers won titles.

In 2010-11, Branch had a stellar campaign. After spending the season ranked in the top 20 in the nation, Wyoming won its second consecutive West Regional title with five individual titles. Branch was named Western Wrestling Conference Coach of the Year at the event for a second time in his career. Branch also helped six Cowboys earn berths to the NCAA Championships. Shane Onufer (165) and LeBlanc (184) earned All-America honors by placing fifth and sixth, respectively, to lead Wyoming to a 28th-place team finish. The Cowboys compiled an 11-7 overall dual mark and 5-1 in the WWC. UW's lone dual loss in WWC action came against Northern Iowa.

In 2009-10, Branch directed the Cowboy wrestlers to the West Regional team title over 24-time defending champion Northern Iowa. The come-from-behind championship was Wyoming's first-ever West Regional team title and UW's first tournament conference championship team since 1992. Four UW wrestlers went to the NCAA Championships, as LeBlanc went on to finish fourth at the event to earn his second All-America accolade and was named the WWC Wrestler of the Year. The Cowboys finished 33rd and Branch was named the 2010 West Region Coach of the Year by Wyoming also had a successful dual season in 2009-10, winning the WWC regular-season dual title for the second-straight year with an overall season record to 12-3 and a WWC record of 6-0. The Pokes ended the regular season 25th in the nation in the National Wrestling Coaches' Association/USA Today Coaches Poll. UW had seven wrestlers earn All-WWC honors.

On July 14, 2008, Branch was selected as the 14th head coach in the history of the University of Wyoming Wrestling program. Branch's first season guiding the Cowboys (2008-09) signaled an immediate turnaround for the program. UW earned a share of the WWC regular-season dual title with a 5-0 record. At the West Regional tournament, Wyoming finished second with four champions and sent four Cowboys to the NCAA Championships, where LeBlanc finished fifth to become the first freshman in UW wrestling history to earn All-America honors. Following his first season at UW, Branch was named WWC Coach of the Year, the West Region Coach of the Year by D1CW and the Top Rookie Coach in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News. Branch also oversaw a squad which earned nine All-WWC honors in 2008-09, the most of any WWC member institution. He was nominated by his peers to be a part of the 2009 National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy Class.

Branch came to Wyoming from Oklahoma State University where he was the associate head wrestling coach for six years, as well as a four-time NCAA finalist as a student-athlete. He was a part of five NCAA team championships as a coach and student-athlete at OSU. As a college wrestler, Branch was a member of OSU's 1994 NCAA Championship team, and served on the coaching staff for OSU's 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 NCAA titles. While competing for OSU, Branch was a four-time NCAA All-American (1994-97), four-time NCAA national finalist (1994-97), two-time NCAA national champion at 167 pounds (1994 and `97) and a two-time national freestyle All-American (1998 and `99). In 1997, he was named the Big XII Athlete of the Year, OSU Student-Athlete of the Year and the top graduating senior for OSU wrestling. He was a four-time NWCA Academic All-American, received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and a Big XII Post-Graduate Scholarship.

As a member of the OSU coaching staff, Branch was named the NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2004. He helped coach OSU to seven Big XII Championships, four NCAA Championships and three Dual Team Championships. He was named the Associate Head Coach at OSU in 2002 and served as an assistant coach for five years prior. He coached 57 All-Americans and 16 NCAA champions. He was instrumental in the recruiting of student-athletes to Stillwater, as well as organizing fundraising projects, promotional strategies and assisting in public relations functions with student-athletes.

"For me, this is the realization of my goal to become an NCAA head coach," Branch said. "I'm from a competitive background, and I was looking for a place where I could build a nationally competitive program. I believe there is a great deal of support from the Athletic Department and the University as a whole at Wyoming. Wyoming is the right program for me and the right fit for my family and I. I appreciate the confidence that Tom Burman and (UW Senior Associate Athletics Director) Matt Whisenant have shown in me to get the job done."

Branch has been a freestyle wrestling coach for the Gator Club in New Orleans, La., since 1997 where he provides personal instruction and training in freestyle wrestling. His teams have participated at various World Team training camps. He has coached at the U.S. Nationals and World/Olympic Team Trials.


Camp Details

AGE REQUIREMENTS

TECHNIQUE CAMP:
5-8 Year olds (Commuters only)
*You must be 8 yrs or older to stay in the dorms without a parent
8 years - 12th Grade in high School (Resident)

TEAM CAMP
7th-12th Grade Only
*we prefer younger team campers to have adequate wrestling experience.

INTENSIVE CAMP
12 yrs and older
FOR ALL CAMPS...THE LIGHTER OR HEAVIER YOU ARE, THE GREATER PROBABILITY THAT YOU MAY HAVE LESS TRAINING PARTNERS.
*Per NCAA rules seniors are allowed to attend Camp*

TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE
6:30-7:30am Morning Run (Int)
7:30-8:00am Breakfast
9:00-11:00am Technique Session (All)
12:00-2:00pm Lunch & Recreation
1:00-3:00pm Technique or Duals (All)
3:00-4:30pm Intensive Wrestling Session (Int)
5:00-6:00pm Dinner
7:00-9:00pm Technique or Live Wrestling (Tech/Team)
7:00-9:00pm Weight Lifting (Int)
10:30pm In Rooms
11:00pm Lights out
*Schedule subject to change
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