Iowa Western Men's Wrestling Camps provide wrestlers and teams with a competitive and educational experience. Our goal is to expand the knowledge of wrestling by building a solid foundation for wrestlers at all levels. Campers will be run through effective drills designed to develop skills, vision and competency. All drills are specifically geared to prepare each camper for competition at the highest level.
Those attending Iowa Western Men's Wrestling Camp will work with our experienced coaching staff. Sessions will be a balance of instruction, skills and live experience. Athletes will learn the latest methods in training & technique.
All of our camps are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, and/or grade level.
Josh Watts -
Coach Josh Watts heads into his fifth year at the helm of Iowa Western’s wrestling program. Prior to Iowa Western, Watts spent four years as head coach at Darton College, Georgia.
In the first four seasons at Iowa Western Coach Watts has produced 33 National Qualifiers with 10 All-Americans. He has also lead the team to a 8th place finish at National Duals along with top 25, top 20, top 15, and top 10 finishes at the NJCAA National Tournament (22, 19, 13, and 8th).
In 2001, Watts graduated as one of Iowa’s most prolific high school wrestlers. His career mark of 190-4 represented the single most wins for any individual in the history of the state, and his 114 career pins were also enough for the state’s sixth best all-time. Ranked fourth nationally, Watts exited high school a much sought after wrestler by many colleges and universities. In 2001, he took a scholarship opportunity from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Unfortunately, serious knee problems and injuries prevented him from competing at the level to which he was accustomed. After two years at Northern Iowa, Watts transferred to Loras College where he was a two-year varsity letter-winner.
Since completing his career on the mat in 2005, Watts has made the move from wrestler to coach. From 2005-2007, he served as assistant wrestling coach at Loras College under long-time Loras head coach Randy Steward. Learning behind such a successful coach allowed Watts to gain many insights into the various nuances of the world of coaching wrestlers.
In 8 years as head coach Watts has produced 8 NCWA National Qualifiers and 2 NCWA All-Americans, 63 NJCAA National Qualifiers and 16 All-Americans. In four years at Iowa Western the wrestling program has finished 22nd, 19th, 13th, and 8th at the NJCAA National Tournament.