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Chesterton's Kaitlin Loehmer participates in first-ever Campbellsville University women's wrestling camp

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CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Campbellsville University's first-year women's wrestling program held an on-campus camp July 7-10 with 13 girls participating from a wide variety of hometowns, including Chestertonís Kaitlin Loehmer.

"As far as I know this is the only intensive wrestling camp for women in the United States," said CU Women's Wrestling Coach Lee Miracle. "I've put them through the wringer and they've responded well."

Miracle, retired from the Navy, knows a little about the mental psychology and physical training necessary to be successful and he tried to weave some of that into his four days (nine practices) in Gosser Gym.

"We really worked on the idea of strengthening them mentally to expand their comfort zone," continued Miracle. "We want each of these girls to leave here with the belief that they're better."

Miracle and camp counselor Christen Dierken put the campers through extensive physical conditioning sessions along with live wrestling, tips and techniques, mat awareness, hand fighting and positioning. At one point they even called the girls back in for a midnight practice, all designed to mentally prepare them for competition.

"We put them through one session where we destroyed their legs and then went and ran the hills at Miller Park. We have some exceptional athletes here, but none of them handled that."

Miracle sat down with each camper and set individual goals and explained the personal sacrifices necessary to reach those goals.

But not everything was blood, sweat and tears. There was adequate down time with jaunts to the pool, movie night, some work in classroom settings where instructional and motivational videos were shown, and a field trip to a local farm.

"This was a great opportunity to showcase the community, the university and our wrestling facilities," said Miracle, "especially since the majority of these girls will be scholarship targets of mine now or in the future."


Posted 7/12/2013