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BRAWLEY — Brawley Unified High School announced in a press release on Thursday that the school will be hosting a wrestling camp from June 13-17. 

Participants can expect training from college-level coaches and players, according to BUHS Coach Sawyer Smith.

"The goal of the camp is to get wrestlers training and exposure from NCAA wrestling coaches, national champions, and All-Americans so that they can know what the college level is like and understand the expectations of being a student-athlete," said Smith.

The whole purpose of this camp is to prepare the next generation of college wrestling.

"The goal of BUHS wrestling is to get athletes prepared for the next level and I think this will be a great opportunity for Imperial Valley wrestlers to hear firsthand from others that have accomplished much in their athletic careers and motivate them," said Smith.

The star-studded lineup includes Chris Chionuma, Mike Mena, Victoria Smith, and Dallas Smith. 

Chionuma is the head wrestling coach at California Polytechnic and Army West Point assistant coach, as well as a three-time All American athlete who has won multiple championships.

Mena is the women's wrestling head coach at Lindenwood University, a four-time All America athlete, an NCAA national finalist, and a three-time National Team member.

Victoria Smith is a women's collegiate All American athlete, a 2022 Senior National All American athlete, a two-time cadet All American athlete, a USAW Jr. All American athlete, and the 2018 NWCA National Champion.

Dallas Smith is the men's wrestling head coach at Linwood University, an assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist University, an NCAA National Champion, and three-time Wrestler of the Year.

Coach Sawyer Smith also hopes that this can serve as a networking opportunity for participants.

"The camp not only serves as a chance for athletes to sharpen their skills but to get in front of NCAA college coaches and potentially create a basis for a relationship further on in their athletic careers," said Smith.

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