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Eversons pass along wrestling knowledge

Luke Hagen/Republic Andy Everson, left, helps show a wrestling move, while brothers Matt, middle, and Adam, right, demonstrate Thursday at the Mitchell High School wrestling room at the first-ever Everson Brothers Wrestling Camp. The camp, which has two sessions for two different age groups, runs through Saturday.

Arguably three of the most successful wrestlers in the last decade to come through the Mitchell program shared, showed and demonstrated their knowledge Thursday in the Mitchell High School wrestling room.

Even more interesting than the fact they all have wrestled at the Division I collegiate level is the fact they all share the same last name.

The first-ever Everson Brothers Wrestling Camp started Thursday morning. The first session of the camp started at 10 a.m, which was for kids ages kindergarten through sixth grade, and once the second session started, Andy, Matt and Adam Everson had 32 total wrestlers taking in valuable information they hope to use on the mat next winter.

"I've been enjoying myself so far, so it's going real well," said Andy, a former SDSU wrestler and the oldest of the three brothers. "Last night, when I was thinking about this, I was kind of getting a little nervous, but things are coming together and now it's a huge reality."

The second session started at 1 p.m., which was for the high school level wrestlers, and varsity Kernels such as Jordan Reiner, Brent Havlik, the Greenway twins and Nick Kummer were all in attendance.

The Eversons had 14 younger kids in the first session, and 18 high school kids show up in the second session, and during drills and technique, Andy, Matt and Adam each worked one-on-one with each group of wrestlers.

"The kids are paying attention and taking things in," Matt said. "I think when you have something like this in the summertime, more often than not they pay more attention, because it's something out of the ordinary.

"It's different teaching the levels of wrestling, but that's why we have two different sessions. The little kids are more basic ... and you get into the older kids and it's more positioning and strategic. It's a totally different style of wrestling."

Matt, the middle brother, will be entering his final year at the University of Minnesota wrestling team this fall. He was the main reason the camp was put on this week after the brothers hoped to do it many years ago. During his sophomore year with the Gophers, Matt was deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army.

But after returning to wrestle his junior year this past season, this summer was the first all three brothers could be at the camp.

The brothers worked on the neutral position on the first day, and they said for the next two days they would show pinning combinations along with top and bottom work. On Saturday, a day only for the high school level, Tyler Safratowich, one of Matt's teammates at Minnesota, will join the three as a guest technician.

Although the brothers didn't get the 40 wrestlers signed up like they had hoped, they all agreed there's always next year. The Eversons said they wanted to make this an annual event, which could become a multi-year, annual event.

"We just want to help out as many kids of possible," Matt said. "Coming back to Mitchell and giving back to the sport, we want everyone to learn wrestling like we did.

"Most of these kids we coached when we were in high school. So having them come up and coach them again after we've been in a whole other level is real cool."