2011 Summer Camp Schedule

  • June 6 - 9, IA 4 Day Excelerator Technique/Intensive Camp, Johnston, IA
    ($50 state subsidy applied - Resident $295, Commuter $195)
  • June 15 - 17, WY 3 Day Excelerator Technique/Intensive Camp, Gillette, WY
    (Commuter only - $150)
  • June 20 - 23, Colorado Excel National Team Camp, Estes Park, CO
    (Resident - $320, Commuter - $195)
  • June 25 - 27, HI 3 Day Excelerator Technique/Intensive Camp, Maui, HI
    (Commuter only - $150)
  • June 28 - 30, HI 3 Day Excelerator Technique/Intensive Camp, Big Island, HI
    (Commuter only - $150)
  • June 30 - July 2, HI 3 Day Excelerator Technique/Intensive Camp, Oahu, HI
    (Commuter only - $150)
  • July 5 - 8, Iowa Excel National Team Camp, Van Horne, IA
    (Commuter only - $195)
  • July 25-28, IA 4 Day Excelerator Technique/Intensive Camp, Johnston, IA
    ($50 state subsidy applied - Resident $295, Commuter $195)
  • August 6 - 19, Excel Japan Tour
    Please call for more information.




The 2011 Team Excel Summer Training Camps will be held at some of the most outstanding locations and facilities in the country. Excel Wrestling will run camps this summer in Iowa, Colorado Wyoming and Hawaii. Excel Wrestling primarily works with high school wrestlers, but also includes younger, aggressive wrestlers who are willing to work on the level of a high school athlete. For all summer camps, we require that no wrestler be younger than 12 or 13 years. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our Colorado National Team Camp will again be held in Estes Park at the YMCA of the Rockies, June 20 – 23rd.

We will be adding an Iowa National Team Camp to our schedule, July 5 – 8th. The camp will be held in Van Horne, IA which is in the Cedar Rapids area. Coaches can contact Coach Steve Knight or Benton Community High School Head Coach TJ Murphy.

Our popular Excelerator Technique/Intensive Camps will run this summer in Iowa, Wyoming and Hawaii.

We will run the WY 3 Day Excelerator Camp in Gillette on June 15 - 17th hosted by the Touch of Gold Wrestling Club. The camp will be held at Twin Spruce Junior High School in Gillette.

We will also run two 4 Day Excelerator Technique/Intensive Camps in Iowa:

  • The Iowa Excelerator Camp #1, June 6 – 9th at Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA.
  • The Iowa Excelerator Camp #2, July 25 – 28th at Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA.

For the 11th year in a row, we will also visit Hawaii traveling to the islands of Maui, Oahu and the Big Island in late June and early July. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Hawaii coaches and wrestlers over the years. Excel Wrestling also takes a team to the Maui Camp each summer for a five-day stay on Maui. If this is something you’re interested in, please contact the Excel National Development office at 303.931.3973.

  • Hawaii Excelerator Camp #1, June 25 – 27th on the island of Maui in LaHaina.
  • Hawaii Excelerator Camp #2, June 28 – 30th on the island of Hawaii in Kona.
  • Hawaii Excelerator Camp #3, June 30 – July 2nd on the island of Oahu in Waikiki.

Every four years, Excel Wrestling takes a team overseas. In 1999, we traveled to the island of Sardinia in Italy. In 2003, we toured Hungary, Slovakia and Austria. In 2007, we returned to Western Europe - Germany, Italy and Austria. This summer, we will be traveling to Tokyo, Japan in August. We will be training at the Japan Olympic Center and wrestling some of the best juniors in the country. We look forward to our tour of Japan.

Many of our Excel coaches have worked together for several years and teach on the highest technical levels in the sport. Many have coached Division I college programs, US National and Olympic teams and take the same approach in working with our Excel summer camp wrestlers. Our staff demands a high level of intensity, relentless determination and the work ethic of a champion for every Excel summer camp wrestler.

We believe that quality time spent at the 2011 Excel Summer Training Camps will stand as an important turning point and benchmark in your son's wrestling career. We look forward to working with you this summer!


Estes Park, CO and Van Horne, IA

Over the past 16 years, the Excel National Team Camps have hosted high school coaches and teams from more than 20 states.

For years, we have hosted our Colorado National Team Camp at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. At an elevation of 9000 ft. with cabin accommodations, teams from many parts of the country join us to compete in this 16 to 20 team dual and individual tournament competition. The YMCA of the Rockies is one of the most beautiful camp locations in the country, positioned right at the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park, with many outstanding facilities. Every summer, campers wrestle as many as 15 to 20 matches throughout the camp. We assist teams with scheduling whitewater rafting trips through our office, and making plans to attend a Rockies game or Elitch Garden's Six Flags Amusement Park in Denver each summer.

This summer, we will also run an Iowa National Team Camp. The camp will be hosted by Benton Community School District in Van Horne, IA. Van Horne is located in the Cedar Rapids area. It will be a commuter only camp, but will have the same technique and competition schedule as our Team Camp in Colorado. We hope to draw many Midwest high school teams for this summer’s Iowa Team Camp in Van Horne.

Coaches wishing to receive an email with all details pertaining to our Colorado or Iowa National Team Camps, please contact the Excel Wrestling office at 303.931.3973 or send an email to admin@excelwrestling.com.

You can also contact Coach Steve Knight directly at sknight@excelwrestling.com.


Johnston, IA, Gillette, WY, & 3 Hawaii locations: Maui, Big Island & Oahu

Under the auspices of the USOC and USAW, Excel Wrestling has been designated as an official US Junior Olympic Program.

Our Excelerator Training Camps are designed as an Olympic Development Program emulating the atmosphere and intensity of the US Olympic Training Center. We will challenge mental toughness and intensity and help every wrestler who attends reach new levels. With only 40 wrestlers on the mat, our staff has more personal interaction with each wrestler, knowing all of them on a first name basis. Wrestling is such a technical sport, if individual time is not emphasized, the ability to learn and improve diminishes. We work hard to make sure each of our wrestlers at camp walk away with more confidence, better skills and love for the sport!

  • Excelerator 4 Day Technique/Intensive Camp June 6 - 9th, Johnston, IA
  • Excelerator 3 Day Technique/Intensive Camp June 15-17th, Gillette, WY
  • Excelerator 3 Day Technique/Intensive Camp, June 25 – 27th, Maui, HI
  • Excelerator 3 Day Technique/Intensive Camp, June 28 – 30th, Big Island, HI
  • Excelerator 3 Day Technique/Intensive Camp, June 30 – July 2nd, Oahu, HI
  • Excelerator 4 Day Technique/Intensive Camp, July 25 - 28th, Johnston, IA

The Excel coaching staff understands the importance of the right work ethic and training regiments and how critical they are in accomplishing success on the state and national levels. Wrestlers at these camps will be taught high level techniques, as well as sound fundamentals focusing primarily on the feet in the neutral position. Our target for all of our Excelerator Camps is establishing the pathway to a high school state championship for each and every wrestler. All Excelerator Camps are limited to only the first 40 wrestlers.

Daily schedules include cross training, intense drilling and live wrestling. Each day we will schedule both technique and skill sessions along with a lot of live wrestling. Please contact us for more information on specific schedules for each camp.

Don't miss these opportunities for 2011. Call early to reserve space! We will once again help to schedule rafting tours in Colorado and snorkeling/scuba tours in Hawaii. Also note that coaches interested in the nearby campground facilities in Estes Park should also contact us ahead of time.

If you have any further questions at all regarding schedules, locations, ages, etc., please contact us!


Steve Knight
US National Team Coaching Staff 
US Pan American Gold Medalist
Iowa State NCAA All-American

Clinician - All Camps

Henry Cejudo
2008 US Olympic Gold Medalist
US National Freestyle Champion
4x High School State Champion
OTC Resident Athlete

Rob Koll
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Travis Lee
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Nick Mitchell
Grandview College Head Coach
Former Asst. Coach at Wartburg
3x Wartburg College All-American
Clinician - IA Excelerator Camp
Cort Peterson
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Evan Knight
Excel Summer Camp Counselor
2 x IA High School State Champ
USAW Fargo Freestyle All American
Attending all camps

Joe LeBlanc
Excel Summer Camp Counselor
UW NCAA All American
3 x Colorado State Champion
Wyoming Excelerator Camp

Curtis Salazar
3 x CO High School State Champ
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