As the final Fargo camp comes to a close, everyone would assume that team Idaho has sharpened their wrestling skills and worked on their strength and conditioning. What may not be so easily assumed is the quality of coaching they received. Three wrestling greats made their presence known throughout the camp: Dave "Doc" Bennett, Cliff Laughlin, and Chris Owens. Each of these three coaches talked about their impressions from the 2017 Fargo Camp. Their interviews can be viewed below:
Dr. Dave Bennett, known as "Doc", coached high school wrestling for 21 years primarily in the state of Washington. After coaching high school, he worked with the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club and became a pioneer in using video technology to scout opponents and analyze technique. Doc was named the 2008 US Olympic Committee Coach of the year. Bennett was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2015.
Coach Cliff Laughlin started his high school coaching career in Idaho Falls. Through his careful leadership, Coach Laughlin helped his teams to three state championships as well a national ranking. In 1996 he was a member of the US Olympic Freestyle coaching staff. In 1998, Cliff was named the national runner-up coach of the year by Wrestling USA. Coach Laughlin was inducted into the Idaho Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.
Coach Chris Owens was Idaho's first ever four time high school state champion. He wrestled in college at Oklahoma State University where he was a 2x All-American and an NCAA Finalist. Coach Owens also coached at Boise State University for 20 years. Chris is the Developmental Director of USA Idaho and the Head Coach of the Idaho national team. He has coached the Idaho national team since 1995 and has coached over 200 All-Americans.