Kent State Wrestling Camps

Kent State University

Kent, OH 44240


Thank you for visiting the Kent State Wrestling Camps' website. The summer of 2018 will mark our 13th year of providing excellent camp opportunities for wrestlers of all ages and skill levels. Since 2006, we have worked with over 4,000 campers and look forward to working with you this summer! We have hired some of the best clinicians in the country and are excited for another great year of camps. Our coaching staff is dedicated to providing a superior camp experience by teaching skills that translate into success at all levels, as well as creating a competitive yet fun atmosphere for campers to excel!

About Our Coaches

Jim Andrassy

Jim Andrassy has put Kent State wrestling into the national spotlight and kept it there.  Andrassy has been a part of KSU's program for 27 seasons, including the last 14 as head coach.

In 11 of the last 12 seasons, the Golden Flashes have sent four or more qualifiers to the NCAA Championships and five or more qualifiers in nine of those seasons. In eight of the last 12 seasons, Kent State finished in the top two spots of the Mid-American Conference standings and compiled a 145-81-1 dual meet record.  Named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, Andrassy has helped produce 11 All-American performances from six different wrestlers including a 2011 national champion (Dustin Kilgore) and four NCAA top 25 team finishes.

In 2012, Kent State sent a program-record seven wrestlers to the NCAA Championships and won the Mid-American Conference regular season title with a 5-0 mark in conference duals. The Flashes were ranked No. 13 in the final NWCA Coaches Poll and won a Virginia Duals title.

One year earlier, the Golden Flashes totaled six NCAA qualifiers and their 17th place finish at the NCAA Championships was the highest since 1985.  KSU earned a share of the MAC regular season title in 2011 and placed third at the Virgnia Duals with a victory over No. 8 Lehigh in the consolation final.  The Flashes were ranked No. 17 in the final NWCA Coaches Poll.

Andrassy's 2009-10 squad earned a No. 16 ranking in the final 2010 NWCA Coaches Poll, proving just how far the program had come since his first season, (2003-04) when the Flashes tied for last place at the MAC Tournament.  While facing a number of nationally ranked opponents, KSU finished 15-4 in dual meets and captured the school's first Body Bar Invitational title.

In 2008-09, KSU won the MAC regular season title by going 5-0 in conference duals, carrying an overall mark of 13-4. The Flashes claimed four individual MAC championships and finished runner-up at the MAC Tournament. KSU sent a school record six wrestlers to the NCAA Championships that season, all of whom won at least two matches as KSU tied for 18th place, its highest finish since 1985.

During Andrassy’s tenure, the Golden Flashes have finished second at MAC Tournament in seven straight years.  Kent State’s list of 100-win wrestlers has grown from four to 17 on Andrassy’s watch.  He has also helped bring in some of the nation's top recruiting classes, including a national top 10 class in 2007 and a top 20 class in 2008.

"People on the outside think more of the program now," Andrassy said. "Our schedule's gotten tougher.  And because of all that, we've been able to recruit better kids. We had done well in the past in dual meets, but it was a different type of schedule.  If you look at our schedules in recent years, it's been one of the toughest in the country.  That's helped us get ranked nationally the last five years."

Prior to being named the head coach in 2003, Andrassy was an assistant coach for the Golden Flashes for the previous nine seasons - the last six as a full-time assistant - after earning four letters and a MAC individual title as a wrestler from 1991-94.  He replaced Frank Romano who retired following seven seasons as head coach.

Following his collegiate career, Andrassy joined the Kent State wrestling staff as a student assistant for one year while finishing his degree, then spent another year as a volunteer coach and a third as a graduate assistant prior to being elevated to a full-time assistant in 1997.

Andrassy is just the sixth head coach in the 88-year history of Kent State wrestling, joining A.S. Roberts (1927-29), Joe Tabor (1942-43), Joe Begala (1929-42, '45-71), Ron Gray (1971-96) and Romano (1996-2003).

As a wrestler at Kent State, Andrassy posted a career record of 106-25-1. He is one of just two KSU wrestlers to reach 100 victories in only four seasons.  He was 26-6 his junior season en route to a MAC championship at 158 pounds and finished 27-7 as a senior, earning one of the MAC's wildcard bids to the NCAA Championships.  At the national meet, he won two of his four matches and finished one victory away from All-America status.

Camp Details

Commuter intensive camp
This camp will be held in the Kent State wrestling room. Camp will consist of technique, drilling, live wrestling, cross training conditioning daily. Train like a college wrestler and learn what it takes to be the best! Campers will leave with training knowledge and a college wrestling mindset. Two sessions per day. Meals not included. Water and Gatorade are provided.

Elementary Challenge
For beginners and experience youth wrestlers, we will focus on the fundamentals of wrestling and emphasize the team aspect of the sport. Live wrestling, fun games, and competition will give you child the true summer wrestling camp experience.

College Style Intensive Camp
Learn and train with college coaches and wrestlers. Camp experience will consist of specialized technique, drilling, extensive conditioning as well as circuit training to elevate your skills to another level! Get TOUGH this summer!

Competition Technique
With a balance of specialized technique and competition, this camp is a great way to sharpen your skills and integrate in to your wrestling style. 3 hours of both technique and competition every day, along with games such as: ultimate frisbee, soccer, dodgeball and whiffle ball. The competition technique camp is the best was to have fun and bring your wrestling to the next level.