Navy Wrestling Camps

Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD 21402


The Father / Son Camp gives each family the opportunity to connect in a common environment that is fun and exciting for everyone. Every year our fathers find the camp offers an enriching experience to share with their child in a fun and motivational way. Each session encourages kids to learn and grow and actively encourages dads to take part in the training and development at a level in which they feel comfortable. Working with our staff, they participate in the learning and growth that each child experiences during the camp. The camp will include fundamental skills at a pace suitable for both a young athlete and a wise father. The camp exposes everyone to our staff, student-athletes and motivational guest speaker. Sessions include on-themat training, guest speaker, pool time and a self-guided and informational tour of the Naval Academy.

The Technique Camp: Every participant is offered a fantastic experience in a camp that is geared for wrestlers at any level! Our signature Technique Camps offer world-class technique and world-class fun! The proven technique curriculum is provided in three dynamic sessions each day and is taught by Olympians, NCAA Champions, All Americans, top-level collegiate and high school coaches. Every skill is broken down in a purposeful way that will allow every participant to grasp the skill and apply it through practice and repetition during the five-day camp. This camp will benefit both the experienced and novice wrestler who is committed to gaining knowledge and diverse training in skills that helped our staff win matches at the highest levels of competition. Groups will be divided by age and skill level to ensure each camper receives the best instruction for their level of experience. Campers will have access to the facilities (supervised) of the Naval Academy to include lodging in Bancroft Hall, meals in King Hall, training in Wesley Brown Field House and evening recreation time in our world-class aquatics facilities. Camp is open to all wrestlers entering grades 5-12.

The SEAL Training Camps are designed with the committed wrestler in mind and hard work as the tool to develop each athlete during every session of camp. This camp helps those who accept the challenge to push their limits and grow in every aspect of their training “Mentally, Morally, Physically.” This camp features four daily training sessions, world-class instruction from Olympians, NCAA Champions, All Americans, top-level collegiate and high school coaches, as well as current and former elite service members. Athletes are exposed to the training and methods used at the Naval Academy to develop the more than 60 NCAA All-Americans, Academic All-Americans and commissioned officers who lead our country’s elite fighting forces. There is one sure way to be a successful wrestler, “Outwork Your Competition”. “NO REFUNDS FOR A LACK OF MOTIVATION” This camp will expand your wrestling knowledge of the four key aspects of training: 1. It will help you learn to push yourself to your physical limit. 2. It teaches you how to get physically stronger in sport specific ways. You will learn the techniques and routines required to maximize your strength gains. 3. You will gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental and advanced techniques that win at the highest levels of the sport. Learning the most recent skills being taught in the sport with our World and Olympic Teams during their elite training camps at the US. Olympic Training Center. 4. It will instill in you the mental toughness and fortitude to stay the course in the most challenging circumstances the sport has to offer. If you think you cannot win, you’re right. Learn the mental skills that will help you say “I can and I will be successful.” The training is designed for athletes who are in shape and ready for the challenges the camp offers. All athletes will be sent a pre-camp training plan to ensure you arrive prepared for the physical rigors of this camp and the daily demands with which you will be challenged.

About Our Coaches

Joel Sharratt

Coming off a banner year that saw Navy send five wrestlers to the NCAA Championship, Joel Sharratt enters his fifth year as head coach of the Navy wrestling program. A former assistant coach at the Naval Academy under long-time head coach Bruce Burnett, Sharratt arrived in Annapolis following the 2014 season after spending the previous eight years (2007-14) as the head coach at Air Force.

The Sharratt-led Mids turned in an 8-3 record in dual competition, earning solid victories over Bucknell (26-10), Maryland (29-10), American (25-9), Old Dominion (26-8) and George Mason (43-0). They came up just shy of capturing a ninth when the Duke match came down to bonus-point victories to break a 22-22 tie.

Navy captured a pair of titles along the way, securing the program’s 20th team title in the 40-year history of the Navy Classic. Nicholas Gil (141), Drew Daniels (165) and Jadaen Bernstein (174) claimed individual crowns to lead the Mids to their first victory at the Navy Classic since 2011. Meanwhile, Gil, Corey Wilding (149), Zack Davis (157), Daniels, Bernstein and Michael Coleman (184) each won individual titles to lead the Mids to the 2018 All-Academy Championship crown. It marked Navy’s 14th overall All-Academy Championship victory and its first since 2014.

Five Navy wrestlers placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes to lead the Mids to a fifth-place finish at the EIWA Championship for a second consecutive season. By way of their EIWA Championship finish, Gil (141), Jared Prince (149), Daniels (165), Bernstein (174) and Coleman (184) earned automatic bids to the 2018 NCAA Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. Davis was the alternate at 157. Bernstein, one of just seven four-time NCAA qualifiers in program history, came up just a match short of earning All-America honors, dropping his match in the blood round for a third time in his career.

Senior captain Corey Wilding, who also served as the Captain of the Captains at the Naval Academy, was named a CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-American.

The 2016-17 season saw the Mids post their best finish at the EIWA Championship since 2013, while sending four Mids to the NCAA Championship. Additionally, the Mids produced an 8-3 dual record that included a win over EIWA foe American, along with in-state rival Maryland, Duke and George Mason.

Although the Mids placed second at the 2017 All-Academy Championship held in Annapolis, Navy sent five wrestlers to the finals and all five came away as individual champions. Among them was freshman Jared Prince who won the 141-pound weight class, won the award for most falls and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Six of the Mids’ 10 entrants placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes to lead Navy to a fifth-place finish at the 113th EIWA Championship. Junior Michael Coleman tied a 59-year-old EIWA record for quickest pin, as he defeated Columbia’s Jacob Young in just eight seconds. Coleman went on to place second at 184 pounds and was the recipient of the Sheridan Award presented to the wrestler with the most pins in the shortest amount of time. By way of their EIWA Championship finish, Prince (141), junior Jadaen Bernstein (174) and Coleman (184) earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championship in St. Louis, Mo., while junior Steban Cervantes (197) earned an at-large berth. Bernstein, a three-time NCAA qualifier, came up just a match short of earning All-America honors, dropping a major decision to 10th-ranked Zac Brunson in the blood round.

Navy enjoyed one of its most successful seasons on a national scene in Sharratt’s second season (2015-16). The Mids put together a 10-3 record that featured wins over EIWA foes Princeton, Drexel and American, while capturing victories over long-time rivals Maryland and Army.  Navy won two of the final three matches of the evening to overcome a four-point deficit and defeat the Black Knights, 19-17, in front of a raucous home crowdy at Alumni Hall. The Midshipmen have dominated the series against the Cadets, owning a 49-7-5 advantage.

Six of the Mids’ 10 entrants placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes, including three in the top three, to lead Navy to a sixth-place finish at the 112th EIWA Championship. Sophomore Zack Davis (133), freshman Nicholas Gil (141), sophomore Jadaen Bernstein (174), senior Mathew Miller (184) received automatic bids to the 2016 NCAA Championship held at Madison Square Garden, while senior Michael Woulfe (197) received an at-large bid.  Miller put together a 6-2 record to place fifth at the NCAA Championship and earn All-America honors. He is Navy’s first All-American since Bryce Saddoris placed seventh at the 2011 NCAA Championship, while it’s highest a Navy wrestler has finished at the NCAA Championship since heavyweight Ed Prendergast took third in 2008. Miller was also the recipient of the Gregorian Award which is presented to the wrestler who records the most pins in the least amount of time throughout the NCAA Championship.

Miller was #1 among all Div. I wrestlers in most falls in the least amount of time against other Div. I wrestlers (18 / 48:39), while Woulfe owned the second-most falls in Div. I, but finished fourth in terms of most falls in the least amount of time (15 / 59:52).

Woulfe also represented the team well off the mat where he was one of nine Trident Scholars at the Academy during the 2015-16 academic year, was named an Academic All-American and was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

In the fall of 2014, Sharratt inherited a program that had four returning NCAA qualifiers in seniors Peyton Walsh, Colton Rasche and Paul Rands, along with junior Mathew Miller, and better than half of its starting lineup returning. Sharratt and his staff, however, were delivered a blow in his first season when three of the four returning NCAA qualifiers suffered season-ending injuries and instead was forced to build from the ground up, turning to as many as six freshmen to step into starting roles. The Mids finished the year with a 3-5 dual record that featured an dramatic come-from-behind victory (20-18) over local rival Maryland in College Park. Navy placed eighth at the 2015 EIWA Championship with Peyton Walsh and freshman Jadaen Bernstein earning individual titles at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. It marked the first time Navy had two individual champions at the conference championship since 2009. Meanwhile, Bernstein, who would go on to be named the EIWA Freshman of the Year following a vote by the league’s coaches, became the first Navy freshman to win an EIWA individual crown since 1992 when EIWA Hall of Famer Dan Hicks clained the heavyweight division. Both wrestlers punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship in St. Louis.  Walsh became just the fifth different wrestler in program history to win 40 matches in a season, as he closed out his career with a 40-10 mark in 2014-15.

Sharratt began engineering the turnaround in the Air Force wrestling program when he was introduced as the Falcons’ head coach in the summer of 2006. Although faced with a rebuilding task in his first season as head coach, Sharratt helped lead Air Force to a 3-1 mark in its inaugural season in the Western Wrestling Conference. With the Falcons earning a sixth-place team finish at the NCAA West Regional, Crozier and Devlin led Air Force as third-team all-conference selections.

In 2008, Sharratt was named the Western Wrestling Conference Coach of the Year after leading Air Force to a second-place finish at the 2008 NCAA West Regional, matching the program’s best showing at the tournament (also finishing second in 2003). Jake Kriegbaum, named the Outstanding Wrestler at the West Regional, and Tyler French both won their respective weight classes at the NCAA West Regional/WWC Championships, while three others placed second.

To cap off the season, the Falcons also sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championship for the third time in the past four seasons. All four won at least one match at the national meet.

In 2010, Sharratt helped guide a young team to six wins and a fifth-place showing at the NCAA West Regional. In addition, he began to develop Cole VonOhlen into a national contender, as the newcomer became the first Air Force freshman since 2005 to earn a spot at the NCAA Championship. VonOhlen, nationally ranked at 141 pounds for most of the 2010 season, was named the Western Wrestling Conference Freshman of the Year and earned a second-place showing at the West Regional.

In 2011, Sharratt led Air Force to a 12-5 dual record. Seven Falcons notched at least 20 wins on the season, including a nation’s-best 44 victories from VonOhlen, while the Falcons captured third place at the NCAA West Regional. VonOhlen, ranked in the top 10 nationally, was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the West Regional and went on to his second NCAA bid in as many years.

In 2012, both VonOhlen and Josh Kreimier advanced to the round of 12 at the NCAA Championship. In addition, Sharratt was named the College Coach of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Sharratt guided Air Force to an 11-4 dual record during the 2013 campagin. Four Falcons qualified for the NCAA Championship, including VonOhlen who became just the third four-time NCAA qualifier in program history. VonOhlen, who finished in the top 12 despite battling a significant shoulder injury, was joined at the national tournament by West Regional champions Josh Kreimier and Dylan Hyder and WWC Freshman of the Year Josh Martinez.

In 2013-14, Sharratt led the Falcons to an 11-6-3 record and a third-place finish at the NCAA West Regional.  Senior 133-pound Greg Rinker captured the individual title at 133 points, while Josh Martinez (125) and freshman Natrelle Demison (149) finished as the runner-up at their respective weight class.  Once again, four Falcons earned NCAA Tournament bids, including Martinez who became just the 12th wrestler in school history to earn an NCAA Tournament bid at least three times.

Sharratt’s influence has been notable off the mat as well. Josh Larson served as the Cadet Wing Commander in the spring of 2011, supporting the team’s leadership role in military development. Academically, the Falcons have been consistently in the top 10 percent of the NCAA APR (Academic Progress Rate) rankings among all Division I wrestling institutions, while earning NWCA All-Academic honors as a team in 2009. In addition, Stephen Crozier was named to the NWCA All-Academic team in 2008 and 2009, and was also a three-time member of the WWC All-Academic team. In 2013, the Falcons had two more wrestlers earn NWCA All-Academic honors.

One of the nation’s most passionate coaches, Sharratt believes in leadership from the front and when given the opportunity to deploy to Balad AB, Iraq, in the spring of 2011, he humbly accepted the chance to go overseas, serving as a part of General Neubauer’s Combatives Mobile Training Team. As combatives instructor at the Air Force Academy, Sharratt worked with the Air Force Center of Excellence, housed here at USAFA to help offer the greater Air Force the best combatives training possible.

Sharratt spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the Naval Academy under the tutelage of former U.S. National Coach Bruce Burnett. In 2005-06, Sharratt helped lead the Midshipmen to a 13-2 dual record, marking the most wins by the program since the 1990-91 season, while also sending five wrestlers to the NCAA Championship. A tenured assistant professor at the Naval Academy, he also served as the faculty chair of the USNA combative courses.

A 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa, Sharratt was a three-time All-American, earning three trips to the NCAA Finals, winning the championship in 1994. Training under the tutelage of legendary coach Dan Gable during his college career, Sharratt was a four-year letterwinner for the Hawkeyes, and was twice selected as the team captain. Sharratt led his team to the 1995 Big Ten Championship and NCAA Championship, winning the Big Ten individual championship that season. Sharratt also competed as a member of the 1993 and 1994 Big Ten Championship teams, as well as the 1992 and 1994 NCAA Championship teams.

Following his college career, Sharratt was a two-time member of the U.S. National Team, earning the bronze medal at both the 1996 Olympic Trials and 1997 Pan American Championships. While competing on the international level, Sharratt represented the United States around the world including trips to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Italy, France and Canada. His accomplishments as a coach in the freestyle arena included cadet national champions and junior national champions, as well as multiple national team members and world medalists.

Sharratt also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his master’s degree in sports administration in 2000, serving a two year position as the Developmental Freestyle Coach for the state of Minnesota. Sharratt also worked as an assistant coach at Lehigh from 1996-98 and as a graduate assistant at his alma mater during the 1995-96 season.

A native of Bloomington, Minn., Sharratt was inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. Honored as an athlete, Sharratt was recognized for his accomplishments both as a state champion at Bloomington-Kennedy High School and as an All-American and NCAA champion at Iowa.

Camp Details

Father/Son Camp (June 15-16/July 5-6)
Co-Ed day camp for ages 4 to 18

Technique Camp (June 24-28/June 30-July 4)
Co-Ed day camp for ages 10 to 18

SEAL Ultra Camp (June 17-30)
Male overnight camp for ages 12 to 18

SEAL Elite Camp (June 17-23/June 24-30)
Male overnight camp for ages 12 to 18

SEAL Screener Camp (July 1-4)
Male overnight camp for ages 12 to 18