2012 University World Champion and multi-time Senior National Team member Max Nowry (55 kg, Army/WCAP) is currently in the general vicinity of Sofia, Bulgaria for training camp. He’s not alone, of course. With him is a delegation of other military Greco athletes such as Ryan Mango (63 kg, Army/WCAP), Ellis Coleman (67 kg, Army/WCAP), John Stefanowicz (82 kg, Marines), and Daniel Miller (97 kg, Marines, who also laid out the importance of this camp previously).
For Nowry, this training experience in Bulgaria arrives with some extra meaning. For starters, it has been a little while since the 27-year-old has been able to further hone his skills overseas. In addition, there is also the continuing narrative surrounding Nowry and his jump back down to 55 kilograms this season, the Senior weight class where he originally made his mark. Combine both of those elements with the fact that Nowry and several other Army wrestlers were forced to miss out on the trip to Havana, Cuba last month due to visa issues, and it’s easy to understand why this particular training camp is being embraced by him in full.
In between workouts, Nowry was kind enough to provide a brief synopsis of what training has looked like since he touched down in-country a couple of days ago. The main takeaway you get from his words is that the US athletes in attendance aren’t in the least disappointed with the number of available partners, which is always a big plus and certainly one of the principle reasons why overseas camps are such a hot item for Americans to begin with. Pertaining to Nowry specifically, he has had the chance to grab some mat time with 2013 World Champion Ivo Angelov (BUL), among others.
“It’s been going really well. Us smaller (American) guys haven’t wrestled each other at all. We’ve been able to wrestle with a Bulgarian the entire time, especially when we rotate partners during practice. There also seems to be a lot of guys in John Stefanowicz’s weight class area, and I think Daniel Miller has a few guys all to himself to go with, as well. So partner-wise, it has been great for us getting World class looks with every partner we go with. Throughout the past two and half days, we’ve focused on technique for about 10 minutes and then have gone live go’s afterwards. Tomorrow (Thursday) we are doing two matches in the morning and then two in the evening. With more countries starting to come in, we will be able to get an even better experience and more looks with more partners.”
USA GRECO-ROMAN — BULGARIA TRAINING CAMP
(most of the athletes below will also be participating in the Dan Kolov -Nikola Petrov Tournament on March 22nd)
Max Nowry (Army/WCAP)
Mike Fuenffinger (Army/WCAP)
Ildar Hafizov (Army/WCAP)
Ryan Mango (Army/WCAP)
Ellis Coleman (Army/WCAP)
John Stefanowicz (Marines)
Daniel Miller (Marines)
Shon Lewis (Army/WCAP)
Spenser Mango (Army/WCAP)