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Yates hosts camp for wrestlers

COVINGTON - Peter Yates will host an advanced wrestling camp June 29 and 30 at the Black Watch School of Wrestling in Covington.

Yates was a three-time state champion at Salem High School who just completed a successful freshman season at Virginia Tech wrestling at 149 pounds.

"It's an honor just to have somebody like that that is willing to come back," Black Watch owner Howard Walden said. "This is basically a home gym for Peter when he comes home."

The camp will not just be about getting on the mat.

Yates will talk about making the jump from high school to college wrestling, how not to peak too early and weight management. The camp is open to seventh- and eighth-graders, as well as high school-age kids and even college wrestlers. It includes four hours of coaching each day and the cost is $125.

Campers will receive a T-shirt and lunch, drinks and healthy snacks will be provided. A $75 deposit is required by June 15 to attend. If the June 29 camp fills up, Walden said Yates would be willing to have a second camp.

"He's humble, that's the cool thing about (Yates). He doesn't realize exactly who he is," Walden said. "Peter's a legend, a living legend in the state of Georgia. He's very remarkable once you start talking to him. He comes off a little shy, (but) once you get talking to him ... he really loosens."

Eastside sets its lineup for Militia Duals

Eastside has its lineup ready to go for the Militia Duals, which began yesterday at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.

The Eagles, defending Class AAA state champions, will start the summer with Brandon Gatt (103), Rory Barber (112), Kevin Thompson (119), Justin Cochran (125), Andrew Green (130), Dalton Bragg (135), state runner-up Sage Allen (140), Jake Malcolm (145), Jonathan Hilley (152), Sully Keel (160), Will Johnson (171), state placer Dalton Temple (189), Lincoln Temple (215) and heavyweight Xavier Glover.

The duals will be comprised of three different wrestling styles - Friday and today are folkstyle sessions and Sunday is split between freestyle and Greco-Roman.

Kurt Aschermann Jr. can be reached at kurt.aschermann@rockdalecitizen.com.