Jordan Leen camp at South Walton

OK, so if you’re a sophomore or junior entertaining thoughts about Division I, or you’re a senior that still has open options but hasn’t nailed down a college yet (the hour is growing late), or you’re a freshman that wants to test your mettle…this camp is for you.

For you Northeast guys, it’s a long drive involved, but it’s a shot at a Division I coach to show what you’ve got in a pretty intimate setting…

I’ve been advised that while he’s on vacation in the Gulf over Memorial Day weekend, top University of Virginia assistant coach Jordan Leen — a four-time NCAA qualifier and three-time all-American at Cornell (NCAA champ in 2008) — will be conducting a one-day camp at South Walton HS on Tuesday, May 31, starting at 9 a.m.

The camp will be broken into two parts, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., with a pizza lunch break. Cost of the camp is $30, which seems entirely reasonable to me. Campers may want to bring spending money for UVA gear, which I’ve been advised will be made available.

UVA — which is about as good as it gets from an academic standpoint — has had 31 NCAA qualifiers, eight ACC champions (including one team title in 2015) and four all-American wrestlers since Leen arrived.

This is a chance for wrestlers to get in front of the recruiting coordinator for the wrestling program at one of the nation’s elite public schools. If my kid wrestled, my kid would be at this camp.

If you’ve got more questions about how to sign up, former South Walton and current Arnold parent Chris Pickren is your contact. Email him at for registration details.


I covered wrestling for 15 years up north and "retired" in 2011. But as I thought I had in 1992, I couldn't stay away. Started Northeast Florida Matmen in 2013, Northwest Florida Matmen in 2015. New initiative this year is to create a space on my sites where ALL Florida results can be stored, searched, reviewed and used by my readers, with NO COST TO THEM.

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