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NCAA champion coming to Lakeland

Lakeland is hosting a unique wrestling clinic Saturday, Aug. 7 featuring coaches and an NCAA national champion from North Carolina State.

Wolfpack head coach Carter Jordan and 2009 149-pound national champion Darrion Caldwell will help run the clinic from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The clinic’s open to all ages. The registration fee is $50 and lunch will be provided at Lakeland. There’s a limit of 50 kids.

“In college wrestling, there are only 10 weight classes, so to actually have a national champion come to our facility, it’s certainly a rarity. In high school, every state has champions, but at the college level, this is truly one of 10,” said Lakeland head coach John Bostwick.

In his national title season, Caldwell went 38-1 and became NCSU’s fifth individual national champion.

Caldwell’s a two-time All-American, a three-time ACC champion with a 28-0 career record against ACC opponents and has a three-year record for the Wolfpack of 94-12 with 50 pins. He redshirted in the 2009-10 season, so he’s a rising senior at N.C. State this coming year.

“This is a great opportunity to have someone so elite come, teach a clinic and motivate the kids by telling them what it takes to be successful beyond the high school level,” Bostwick said.

“We set a limit so that all of the kids there will be able to interact a lot with the coaches and Caldwell,” Bostwick said.

During Jordan’s tenure at N.C. State, he’s coached 12 individual ACC champions and the Wolfpack’s finished the last two seasons ranked in the top 25 nationally.

To register or for more information, call Bostwick at 685-6973 or e-mail him at lakelandwrstling@yahoo.com (there is no “e” in “wrestling, or else the message will go to another Lakeland High School).