One of the most well-known wrestling coaches in the country will be at Ashe County Middle School this Saturday for a one-day youth wrestling camp, hosted by the Ashe County Mat Monsters and head coach Alex Wray.
Jeff Bedard, a former professional MMA fighter and college coach, will be at the middle school this Saturday as the top instructor for the day.
Bedard holds a 13-2-1 MMA record and is now the lead trainer at Compound Training Facility in Buford, Ga.
Bedard only lost three wrestling matches during his high school career and won three state championships on his way to a 170-3 career prep wrestling record.
In college, Bedard was a two-time All-American and was the 1988 NAIA National Champion.
Bedard currently trains with some of the UFC’s best fighters and is one of the cornermen for UFC lightweight Brian Bowles.
During his own pro career, Bedard fought in the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) and was later crowned the PFC (Palace Fighting Championship) Bantamweight Champ after submitting Shawn Klarcyk in January of 2009.
Maybe the most impressive aspect of Bedard’s outstanding wrestling background was his selection to the United State Freestyle Wrestling team and his resident status at the Olympic Training Center.
Bedard officially retired from professional fighting at the age of 39, but he continues to coach and train with several MMA fighters.
The one-day wrestling camp featuring Bedard is this Saturday and it is $50 to attend both sessions. Session one is from 10 a.m. until noon and session two is from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
The young wrestlers will learn tips and techniques on take downs, set ups, escapes and other fundamentals that will make the grapplers even better as they continue to learn and improve their skill.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the gym lobby and the camp fee can be paid by check, cash or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payabale to Jeff Bedard.
If you have any questions about the camp, call Alex Wray at (336) 620–1605.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87