CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Campbellsville University's first-year women's
wrestling program held an on-campus camp July 7-10 with 13 girls
participating from a wide variety of hometowns, including Chestertonís
"As far as I know this is the only intensive wrestling camp for women in the
United States," said CU Women's Wrestling Coach Lee Miracle. "I've put them
through the wringer and they've responded well."
Miracle, retired from the Navy, knows a little about the mental psychology
and physical training necessary to be successful and he tried to weave some
of that into his four days (nine practices) in Gosser Gym.
"We really worked on the idea of strengthening them mentally to expand their
comfort zone," continued Miracle. "We want each of these girls to leave here
with the belief that they're better."
Miracle and camp counselor Christen Dierken put the campers through
extensive physical conditioning sessions along with live wrestling, tips and
techniques, mat awareness, hand fighting and positioning. At one point they
even called the girls back in for a midnight practice, all designed to
mentally prepare them for competition.
"We put them through one session where we destroyed their legs and then went
and ran the hills at Miller Park. We have some exceptional athletes here,
but none of them handled that."
Miracle sat down with each camper and set individual goals and explained the
personal sacrifices necessary to reach those goals.
But not everything was blood, sweat and tears. There was adequate down time
with jaunts to the pool, movie night, some work in classroom settings where
instructional and motivational videos were shown, and a field trip to a
"This was a great opportunity to showcase the community, the university and
our wrestling facilities," said Miracle, "especially since the majority of
these girls will be scholarship targets of mine now or in the future."