Iowa wrestling great Royce Alger to conduct free camp at Pueblo on July 16

Two-time national champion Royce Alger at Iowa, where he became a three-time All-American from 1985 to 1988, is conducting a free wrestling training camp for Southern Arizona youngsters on July 16 at Pueblo High School’s Lever Gym.

The three-hour session, open to students sixth through 12th grade, starts at 10 a.m. at Lever Gym.

The event is organized by former Sunnyside standout wrestler Sam Portillo, who later became the head coach at Amphi and Desert View.

“Years ago, I started doing these camps for underprivileged kids like myself growing up,” mentioned Portillo. “I’ve brought world-class coaches and athletes to Tucson from Bobby Douglas, Don Klostreich, Zeke Jones, Henry Cejudo and Royce Alger, to name a few.

“These are big names in the sport of wrestling. … This is my contribution to our community, probably the only guy in the country who offers free camps with this caliber of athletes and coaches.”

Some of the techniques Alger will work on include control tie ups, short offense (knee caps/front head locks), inside trips and foot sweeps, European sprawl defensive skills, European finishes and hand fighting.

For more information, call Portillo at (520) 481-9153 or e-mail him at samportillo520@gmail.com.

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