HOT SHOTS – Pat Cronan |

HOT SHOTS – Pat Cronan

For Grass Valley resident Pat Cronan, there really wasn’t a break between the Mann of Iron camp held in Trego, Mont., and a team version of the Mann of Iron camp held in Southern California.

Unless one considers time to do laundry and sleep one night in your bed before taking off for the next trip a full blown break.

“I had heard it wasn’t going to be as hard as the Trego camp, but it was still pretty tough,” said Cronan, who joined five other members of the Gold Mine Wrestling Club at the camp in Victorville. “It was about a 6 on a scale of 1-10. Trego was an 11.”

The Gold Mine club team finished fourth out of 11 teams and more than 60 wrestlers at the Victorville camp, from Aug. 1-6. The camp featured the same all-star lineup of coaches that worked at the Trego camp, including Nevada Union wrestling coach Shane Valdez.

“The camp was exactly the same, but we didn’t have to do as much work,” said Cronan, who wrestled varsity for NU at 103 pounds. “I think I have improved. I usually don’t like riding, but down in Victorville, that is basically what we worked on – leg riding and technique.”

The weeks of camp work seems to have paid off for Cronan, who won the 103-pound division of the Victorville camp. Among his wins was one over Juan Archuleta, the youngest brother of NU state medalist Anthony Archuleta.

Like the camp in Trego, Mont., the Victorville camp had the wrestlers work out with logs. But since the theme of the camp focused on team performance, the wrestlers here did their morning workouts as a team with one log that Cronan estimates weighed 600 pounds.

“Shane (Valdez) is a great coach,” said Cronan, whose younger brother Jon will join NU’s wrestling program this year as a freshman. “We probably wouldn’t have been able to go to Trego or the camp in Victorville without him.”

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