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WORLD CLASS CAMP TESTIMONIALS

The comments below are reproductions of emails and letters actually received. All personal information has been changed to protect the identity of the camper.

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER’S MOTHER 2006
Dear Bruce,
My sons, (camper's names), attended your heavyweight camp this past summer, and I wanted to let you know we saw a tremendous improvement in their wrestling skills this year, particularly with regard to (camper's name).
(camper's name), who is a junior and wrestles at 215 lbs., went from having a losing record last year to placing 2nd at the City Championship this year. (camper's name) also placed 3rd at the (city) Catholic Athletic Conference this year, and he placed 6th at the (name) Tournament, which is a very large tournament (24 east coach prep schools). My son (camper's name), who wrestles at 275 lbs., placed 3rd at the Championships (another of your camp students actually won the Championship, a heavyweight from (school).
In any event, I want to thank you because I know your camp was instrumental in improving the boys' wrestling skills.
"Mom's Name"

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER’S FATHER 2006
Sir,
I have just returned from a trip and wanted to thank you. "Camper's Name" had a wonderful at your camp and I know he learned a lot. I'm actually envious of "Camper's Name" because he met you, Rulon Gardner and other Olympians. Hopefully, my wife and I can send "Camper's Name" up next year. Thank you again for your e-mails when I was deployed and the other assistance you gave me.
"Father's Name"

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER 2006

Coach Baumgartner,
I had a fun at camp and learned a lot. I hope I will be able to come back again next summer. I can not wait until wrestling season.
(camper)

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER 2006
Hey Bruce,
It is your buddy (camper’s name). I am just writing to say that even though I was hurt and could not participate I had fun and hope to be back next year. Thanks for having the wrestlers you had they taught me stuff that would help me against my opponents and give me the upper hand. I ordered a knee brace for my knee so I can wrestle this season. I have one question to ask you. So keep in touch and stay out of trouble.

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER’S FATHER 2006
Coach Baumgartner,
FYI
I like to say many thanks for your HWT school this past July. My son, (camper’s name) attended for the first time with great results. He beat out 4 HWTs, 1 senior, 2 soph's and 1 freshman. My son is a 10th grader this year and made the varsity squad, (school name) 1A-2A (state) State Champs 2005-06. He also won his very first varsity 285lb match by decision. He used a takedown move that he had learned from camp.
IT WAS AWESOME!
Again many thanks,
(Father’s Name)

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER 2006
Dear Bruce:
I wasn't really sure how I felt about attending your Heavyweight Camp during the past July 4th week. Being the fourth-lightest guy in the camp, getting thrown around like a piece of fresh meat by the herd of studs with a lot more skill and experience than me, was pretty intimidating.
However, I'm glad that I stuck with it and made it through camp in one piece. I'm writing to you tonight to say "Thank You!" After working my way up from JV Heavyweight as a freshman and JV 215 as a sophomore, I'm wrestling Varsity 189 for (school name) in (state). We had our first match of the season tonight and, even though my opponent looked like a lot better wrestler than me, I slapped him in a cradle and stuck him on his back.
Memories of my week in Edinboro ran through my mind as the referee pounded the mat. Every painstaking, agonizing, painful moment at camp became worth it! I've worked really hard to get to this point, unsure how it would pay off. I have a lot more work ahead of me, but now I have an idea of how it much it all will be worth it in the end.
So again, thank you for running an excellent camp, pushing us to our limit (and maybe a little further), and caring about each of us. And as my coach says now, I'm the luckiest person in the world while doing this sport.
I LOVE THIS SPORT!!
Sincerely,
(Camper)

EMAIL FROM A COACH TEAM CAMP 2007
Dear Bruce and Tim,
Great team camp. The instruction was great the boys had some tough matches and they had a chance to bond. Thank you for a great week. We hill be back next year.
(coach’s name)

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER’S FATHER 2006
Sir,
I have just returned from a trip and wanted to thank you. Kyle had a wonderful at your camp and I know he leaned a lot. I'm actually envious of Kyle because he met you, Rulon Garner and other Olympians. Hopefully, my wife and I can send Kyle up next year. Thank you again for your e-mails when I was deployed and the other assistance you gave me.
(Father’s name)

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER’S MOTHER 2005
HELLO,
This is (Camper) mom, I just wanted to take a minute and thank you and your staff for providing an awesome camp for young wrestlers of today. (Camper) had an awesome varsity senior season this year. I'm not sure if you keep track of any kids that come to your camp, so I just wanted to let you know. (camper) was a (State) champ this year. This was the first time (high school) has ever had a state champ. Also at Senior Nationals in Pittsburgh he was All American placing 7th. (camper) will also be attending (name) University on a full wrestling scholarship. I believe this has some to do with attending your camp for 2 summers !!!!!
THANKS AGAIN,
(mother)

EMAIL FROM A CAMPER'S FATHER 2004
Hello Bruce,
My son attended one of your team camps over the summer and had a tremendous week. We are definitely looking forward to attending next year. I am going to promote your camps to your other kid in the area.
Thank you,
Camper's Father

CAMPER COMMENT IN CHAT ROOM 3-7-04
The Baumgartner camp is awesome… I went there after my freshman year I was 25-17 and was State alternate…after attending Bruce's camp I became a 3X state champion the following 3 years… I highly recommend the Camp…

EMAIL FROM CAMPER'S FATHER 2004
Hi Bruce.
I just wanted to say "thanks" for taking such good care of my son during camp last week. (son's name) came home excited about wrestling and what he learned, he could not stop talking about all the new friends he made. (son's name) told me that your staff treated him very well and that he was in awe at meeting such world renown wrestlers. He says that he wants to attend next year and hopes that even more of his (school name) team members will too.
God bless you.
(Father's name)

HEAVYWEIGHT CAMPER COMMENT IN CHAT ROOM 2004
Baumgartner's Camp is the best for heavies bar-none. Great technicians you learn a lot of wrestling designed for the big boys.

FATHER'S COMMENT CHAT ROOM 2004
I would highly recommend the Bruce Baumgartner Camp outside of Erie PA at Edinboro University. I paid for my son to go there after his freshman year when he went 9-10. He came back his sophomore year and went 40-3 and took 4th in STATE

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER'S FATHER 2002
Bruce,
For some time now I have been meaning to write and thank you for your influence and your camps. Each of my twin sons have attended your heavyweight camps. One attended two of your camps. Through the experiences and training they had with you and the camp instructors, both my sons gained inspiration, confidence and knowledge they each feel were major contributors to their success in high school. Although they never had it to be the start quality of your level,; what you did was take a couple of fairly average kids and elevate them to a higher level of wrestlers. They were dominate in their classes on the local level. Each having 35+ wins and only 4 losses in their senior year. One wrestled 189 the other wrestled hwt for (camper's high school), here in (state) they were district and regional champions, members of the all academic teams and placed well in the state tournaments the seasons following their attendance to your camps. They each were recruited to play division I in football and wrestle for several colleges. They chose wrestling and for (university name) one was a 197# starter for (team) his freshman year. The other became a starter at hwt class his sophomore year. Although self-described as "being very small and almost average fish in a very large pond of talent", they achieved their childhood goals of wrestling division I. And, they still give credit to attendance to your camps as being a part of the reason for their modest success.
For them and for myself I thank you,
(father's name)
Proud papa

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER 2003
Dear Mr. Baumgartner,
Thank you for holding such a great heavyweight camp. Thanks to the work of you and your staff my record of 20-13 as a freshman has improved to 29-1 as a sophomore. Our conference championship is coming up this weekend and I just wanted to let you know of my progress. I plan to attend this year's camp. Thank you very much.
(camper's name)

NOTE FROM CAMPER'S MOTHER
Bruce,
(camper's name) enjoyed your camp so much last year, he decided to come back! His wrestling skills have improved greatly. (camper's name) was able to place 8th at Nationals last year in Birmingham, AL. He really likes your staff of coach's also.
Great Work Bruce & Staff!!
(camper's mom)

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER 2001
Dear Mr. Baumgartner,
My name is (camper's name). I attended your heavyweight school the summer 2001 before my sophomore year. Throughout my sophomore year I wrestled an excellent season using the techniques I learned at your camp and ended up with a record of 44-7, and a Div. III Ohio High School State Championship in the 275lb weight class. I am now a junior and I have a record of 22-1, and hoping for a repeat. I received your flyer in the mail today and intend on attending this summer before my senior year. I just wanted to thank you for all great skills I picked up at your camp.
Yours in wrestling,
(camper's name)

NOTE FROM CAMPER'S FATHER 2001
Dear Bruce,
I just wanted to let you know that (camper's name) learned a lot at your camp last year and has been very successful this wrestling season. He is in the 215 weight class and is 31-2 going into Conference Tournament this week-end. Out of those 31 wins 20 are pins, 1 tech fall, 6 decisions and 3 forfeits. I wanted to mention that the 215 weight class was just added this year to (high school name) line-up.
Your camp helped with building his self esteem and determination. (camper's name) has gone to other camps but they did not concentrate on the upper weights. Keep up the good work in promoting wrestling. It's a great sport.
Again, thanks again for all your help and your staffs help, it was greatly appreciated by (camper's name) and his parents.
Thanks again,
(camper's father)

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER 2002
Hey Bruce my name is (camper's name). I went to camp remember. I like those new moves I'm going to try them next wrestling season. I got on your home page and found out there were 6 different wrestling camps. I'll be coming to wrestling camp next year, but I got a questions, will David Bubar (camp counselor) be there? I can't wait until next year. I like the camp there its so fun well got to go.
Sincerely,
(camper's name)

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER 2003
Dear Mr. Baumgartner,
My name is (camper's name). I attended your heavyweight school the summer 2001 before my sophomore year. Throughout my sophomore year I wrestled an excellent season using the techniques I learned at your camp and ended up with a record of 44-7, and a Div III Ohio High School State Championships in the 275lb weight class. I am now a junior and I have a record of 22-1, and hoping for a repeat. I received your flyer in the mail today and intend on attending this summer before my senior year. I just wanted to thank you for all great skills I picked up at your camp.
In wrestling,
(camper's name)

E-MAIL FROM COACH & FATHER 2003
Bruce,
I just wanted to drop a line and say thanks fro the great time and the opportunity to work at the camp. My kids really got a lot out of it and they want to come back next year. I hope that they talk it up and get their teammates to come so we can bring the whole team. I was really impressed myself with how smoothly things were ran and the clinic staff that you had. Really a great job on everyones part. The Edinboro team did a great job and it was nice to see everyone so invested in the sport.
(coach & camper's father)

EMAIL FROM FATHER 2003
Bruce,
My son, (camper's name) has attended your wrestling camps the last few years and intends on going to the first technique camp June 15-19.
Thanks for your help Bruce, (camper's name) really loves your camps!
(father's name)

EMAIL FROM FATHER 2003
Bruce,
I just want to say, THANK YOU. The way your camp is run, is the best I've ever seen. (camper's name) is a junior and we are coming back to your camp this year. (camper's name) had a lot of fun with you, and your staff. I truly believe, that is why he is doing so well in wrestling this year. He had fun, and learned a lot too.
Thanks again,
See you in June.
(father's name)

EMAIL FROM CAMPER 2003
Hi Bruce,
This is (camper's name) I went to team camp, you are the worlds best wrestler. I want to come again HOPE I see you again.
Bye

EMAIL FROM CAMPER'S FATHER 2003
Hi Bruce,
My son (camper's name) was at camp. He found you one of the most inspirational. He has been wrestling since he was eight years old and had good success. Since he has been home he has been wrestling with his peers and some high school wrestlers who are much older. He has been "spanking" everyone and constantly putting the whole family in painful moves that he has learned (Ouch!!!).
I would like to thank you for making a great impression on (camper)! We will be at a tournament in Long Island on Saturday and he can't wait to demonstrate his skills.
Thanks a lot,
(camper's father)

EMAIL FROM CAMPER 2003
Dear Bruce,
You were a great coach at camp last week.
(camper)

EMAIL FROM PARENT 2003
Dear Bruce,
My son and I want you to know that we think your camp last summer was the best camp for competition and physical discipline. (camper) really liked the take down tournament and interacting with the high school wrestler's. The leadership shown by Edinboro coaching staff (yourself, Tim Flynn, Lou Rosselli and Joe Hennis) was very helpful for (camper) through his junior high season this year, (camper) loved every minute of camp and is looking forward to coming back this summer. I know my son (camper) wants to thank you all, at this time (camper's) record is:
Jr. High 13-0 Dual meets Jr. High 22-4 Overall with one more tournament left.
Going to camp at Edinboro has made him an even better wrestler, mentally and physically and he hopes to wrestle for Edinboro. Once again thank you and your staff and all the Edinboro wrestlers, I look forward to seeing you this summer at camp, and hopefully can fill a team.
Sincerely,
(father)

EMAIL FROM CAMPER 2003
Hello Mr. Baumgartner,
This is (camper) from S.C. I came to your camp last summer and I will be back this one. I did ok this year I went 26-3 2 losses to the state champ and 1 loss to the #3 guy in the state. At the upper state finals I placed 2nd this year at 275 I am about 245. Your camp has been the best thing to ever happen to me. I just have one more year to win the title. I hope to hear from you soon and I am going to try to go to the NCAA this year and watch maybe see you there.
Thank you so much!
(camper)

EMAIL FROM CAMPER 2003
Dear Bruce,
I attended your camp two years in a row. It was the greatest experience of my life. I unfortunately missed last year though, due to a family issues. I will definitely be returning next summer. After attending your camp, I had the most successful wrestling year ever going 17-5 my freshman year. I used many of the techniques I learned at your camp. I won't ever forget the great experiences I had there. See you next year!
Sincerely,
(camper)

NOTE FROM CAMPER'S MOTHER
Dear Bruce And Staff,
I had the opportunity to talk with my son (camper's name) about his experience at your camp and about the coaches.
(camper's name) told me it is by far the best camp he has ever attended. He told me that all the coaches were approachable and taught him much more than just the physical moves necessary to be a winner.
Bruce I want to thank you and your team of coaches for all the important lessons in life you shared with my son.
Thank you,
(camper's mother)

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER
Hello Mr. Baumgartner,
My name is (camper's name), I am from Long Island and I was in attendance at the heavyweight wrestling camp this summer. First of all it was one of the greatest experiences I have had. You have been an inspiration to me on and off the mat. Your talks on life, school, and wrestling have helped me to shape more of my character. There were parts of it that were lost so you and the staff were great. Having Rulon Gardner and Kerry McCoy there was great and Matt Ghaffari and Brian Keck were outstanding teachers along with everybody else.
Sincerely Yours,
(camper's name)

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER
Hello,
I don't know if you remember me but my name is (camper's name). I was a camper last year. I went from 3 varsity matches (in state) to being in the top ten at state and placing in the National Tournament in Ohio. Tour camp along with Brice helped me greatly. It not only taught me technique but also how to be a mentally prepared wrestler.
P.S. our team looked great on ESPN

E-MAIL FROM COACH
Tim and Bruce,
I attended your camp about five years ago and brought approx. 15 kids with me at that time. We had a wonderful experience. Since then we have gone to Oklahoma, Iowa and Ohio State to see what different camps had to offer. I still rate your camp the best I have ever been to. The personal and genuine attention my kids received at your camp has been equaled by none.
(coach's name)

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER
Mr. Baumgartner,
I attended your heavyweight school last year. When this time of the year came around I got to thinking of the camp, what I learned and all the fun time I had.
(camper's name)

E-MAIL FROM COACH
I have sent two heavyweight wrestlers to your camp for the last two years…and they bring ME back presents. That's how great your camp is. You will always have a heavyweight from our school at Edinboro as long as I have something to say about it.
Thanks again,
(coach's name)

NOTE FROM COACH/CAMPER'S FATHER
Dear Bruce,
I first want to thank you for leading a truly "World Class" wrestling camp. The week that I spent at Edinboro was the most worthwhile week of wrestling instruction as well as life lessons I could have hoped for my wrestlers, myself and my eight year old son who attended with us.
Having daily access to two Olympians as well as a National Champion and All Americans, who were always eager to teach and guide can't be calculated in dollars and cents. Nor can I say that the seven and half-hour drive to Edinboro was too far, because it was clearly worth the trip.
My son (son's name) told me last week that he misses camp. As we were leaving Edinboro, my wrestlers were saying that they already were missing camp.
As we drove the long trip back to the (town), I asked the boys to tell me the most important lessons they learned. As you can imagine the list of new moves came first to their minds, but because we had a lot of time, they were able to really think about the whole week. I am happy to report that the overall message received by my wrestlers and my son was to lead a good life and do the right things in life. That they could be champions, if they work hard for it. And that they need to set goals that are a stretch and attainable. Most importantly, they learned that they should always do their best.
Two days after we got back, I got a call from one of the boys who came to camp. He said, "Coach, I really want to win the districts and go as far as I can go." That wrestler is a junior this year. After we talked and I gave him my support and some initial goals to consider, I thanked the lord for making sure I received the brochures for you " World Class Wrestling Camps." I should have probably thanked Tim Flynn too.
I have enclosed some pictures for you to keep and give away to the appropriate parties. Please note the sentiment on the back of some of the pictures. I enjoyed meeting your wife Linda and I hope you both enjoy the enlargement I had made of you and Dylan. Please tell Dylan that Coach (name of coach) misses him and thanks him for all of his help on the video. I have also enclosed a commemorative T-shirt for you to show (state) pride.
Thanks again for all of your support with my team and my son.
Yours Truly,
(coach/father's name)

NOTE FROM CAMPER'S FATHER
Dear Mr. Baumgartner,
I am writing to say a big "thanks" or my son (son's name). Using the techniques and moves he learned at your camp last summer, (son's name) became the European Department of Defense Schools Champion. He was undefeated during the regular season and was the Northern Champion. He is only 16 years old. He wants to come to camp again this year.
Thanks Again,
(father's name)

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER'S FATHER 2004
Hi Bruce, I just wanted to say "Thanks!" for taking suck good care of my son during Heavyweight Camp last week. (camper's name) came home excited about what he had learned and couldn't stop talking about all the new friends he made. (camper's name) told me that the staff treated him very well and that he was in awe at meeting such world renown wrestlers. He says that he wants to attend next year and hopes that even more of his (high school name) team members will too.
(father's name)

E-MAIL FROM CAMPER'S FATHER 2004
Hello Bruce, My son attended your technique came over the summer and had a tremendous week. We are definitely looking forward to attending next week. I will help you promote your camp with our kids.
(elementary school coach)

E-MAIL FROM MOTHER 2004
Dear Bruce, I am writing you to provide you with a testimonial to how much (camper's name) tells us that he got out of attending camp. He loved it and was inspired to continue to work out to excel. He told me that the biggest lesson that he learned from you was that it matters how much you want to succeed and what kind of effort you are willing to put into your sport. We are grateful for your tutoring of (camper's name) this summer.
(parent's name)


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