Wrestling Team Camp - Session 2

Covid-19 Guidelines

Appalachian State University has been monitoring the situation with COVID-19 closely.  Day camps and programs serving children and teens this summer must adhere to the current guidance and University guidelines.  We encourage parents and campers to read the full list of camper requirements.

Camp Type: 
Jul 12 2021 to Jul 15 2021
Registration Deadline: 
Jul 8 2021



Registration now open!


2016 Wrestling Camp

The South's oldest and world's largest wrestling camp will sponsor two sessions of wrestling instruction at Appalachian State University this summer. The wrestling camp strives to improve the wrestling techniques of all, beginner or experienced wrestlers. In addition to technical instruction, this camp is designed to allow campers to test their skills in live competition. Teams will compete in dual meet competition daily.

Sessions are open to teams and individual campers. Individual campers will be combined to form a competitive team.


  • Open to middle school, junior high, and high school wrestlers only.
  • 2021 graduates may attend for instruction or to help coach, but cannot wrestle in matches.
  • Team discounts are available before May 28, 2021


Limits have been set at 350 participants for each team camp. Camp registration will close once each team camp reaches the 350 participant limit.


Team competition will be setup in dual meets throughout the camp. Because of the limited capacity for this summer we will only offer team competition for high school wrestlers. Middle school and junior high wrestlers may get exhibitions matches when available. There will be an individual tournament the last morning of each team camp.


  • Team Camp Session 1: July 5-8 - or - Team Camp Session 2: July 12-15

    • $295 per camper (with options for adding meals)

      • Partial Meal Package (Lunch and dinners only beginning with dinner on first day of camp through dinner on last day of camp) = $60.00 per camper 
      • Full Meal Package (Breakfast, lunch, and dinners beginning with dinner on first day of camp through breakfast on last day of camp) = $85.00 per camp

**Registration times will be assigned for teams between 1-4 pm to limit the number of people waiting in the registration line at one time.

  • Multiple Camp discount - If you qualify, please contact the Camp Director, Coach John Mark Bentley, by e-mail at bentleyjmo@appstate.edu or by phone at 828-262-7163

    • $80 off for second camp an individual attends if they paid full price for first camp.
    • $80 off for second individual camp registration for wrestlers from same family. Families must register two or more campers for technique, prospect or team camps as individuals to receive $80 off the second child. ** These discounts are not available for Youth camp or team registrations for team camp.


  • 10-14 wrestlers- $20 off per wrestler if received by May 28, 2021
  • 15 or more wrestlers - $30 off per wrestler if received by May 28, 2021

*All deposits have to be received by May 28, 2021 to qualify for team discounts

*No refunds for deposits for any reason.


On-campus lodging will not be offered for the 2021 camps. Teams and Individuals will be responsible for securing their own hotel and lodging accommodations.


AppalCART provides fare-free bus service to locations with the Town of Boone and Watauga County, North Carolina. Most stops are within the Town of Boone limits with other services providing transportation access to locations and individuals outside of Boone.   

Fixed bus routes provide access to numerous locations within Boone. The routes service Appalachian State University campus, numerous apartment complexes and local hotels within Boone, Downtown Boone, community outreach locations, and Boone business and shopping locations.

View Route Maps and Schedules for more information.


  • All teams must complete the online registration form.  No day of registration will be allowed.  Due to limited capacity, teams may not increase their number of team members after they have completed their registration.  
  • Please note spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Due to limited capacity, we encourage teams and registrants to pay by credit card to secure their spot at camp.  Check payments will be accepted, but teams will not be confirmed until check payments have been received.  The program may fill before we receive your check payment. 
  • A $100 non-refundable deposit PER WRESTLER is required at the time of registration. If you decide to cancel your team's or a team member's registration, the non-refundable deposit will be withheld from the refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.


  • Monday, July 12th

    1-4pm                          Camp Check-In (Varsity Gym balcony)- Must be pre-registered.  No day of registration will be allowed. 

     4:30-6pm                     Dinner

     6:30pm                        Introduction-Divide into technique groups

     7-8:30pm                     Warmup & Instructional Session 1

     8:30-8:45pm                Break

     8:45-10pm                   Instructional Session 2

     Tuesday, July 13th

    8:30am                        Coaches Meeting (ASU Wrestling Room)

     9-10:30am                   Instructional Session 3

     10:45am-11:45am      1st Team Match

     11:45-2pm                   Lunch

     2-3:30pm                     Instructional Session 4

     3:45-4:45pm                2nd Team Match

     4:45-7pm                     Dinner

     7-8pm                          3rd Team Match

     8:15-9:15pm                4th Team Match

     Wednsday, July 14th

     9-10:30am                   Instructional Session 5

     10:45-11:45am            5th Team Match

     11:45-2pm                   Lunch

     2-3:30pm                     Instructional Session 6

     3:45-4:45pm                6th Team Match

     4:45-7:30pm                Dinner

     7:30-8:30pm                7th Team Match

     8:45-9:45pm                8th Team Match

     Thursday, July 15th

    10am                           Team Awards

     10:15-10:30am            Drilling Session

     10:30am                      Individual Tournament (Runs till conclusion)

The University reserves the right to cancel or amend this event if federal, state, local, or university guidelines change to address developing conditions related to COVID-19. 


For registration information contact:
Appalachian State University
Office of Conference & Camp Services
ASU Box 32042
Boone, NC 28608-2042
Phone: 828-262-2930
Questions about registration? Contact Marissa Winkler at winklerml@appstate.edu

For program and camp information contact the Camp Director, Coach John Mark Bentley, by e-mail at bentleyjmo@appstate.edu or by phone at 828-262-7163.

According to NCAA rules and regulations, all camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants regardless of skill level (limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender).


coach_johnmark_bentleyJohnMark Bentley, Head Coach, Camp Director

Named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year four times in his first 12 seasons as App State’s head coach, with four All-Americans in that same span, JohnMark Bentley helped lead the Mountaineers to a record-setting season in 2020-21.

Under Bentley’s direction, in the past seven seasons, App State’s 44-5 conference record ranks No. 5 nationally in all of Division I wrestling behind just Missouri, Oklahoma State, Cornell and Penn State.

In 2021, App State set a school record with seven NCAA Championships qualifiers, including five who earned a top-20 seed and one All-American in Jonathan Millner (149 pounds). The other wrestlers to earn All-America honors during Bentley’s time in Boone are Denzel Dejournette in 2017, Kyle Blevins in 2012 and Austin Trotman in 2012.

With five conference champions in 2021, the Mountaineers tied NC State and Arizona State for the lead in Division I wrestling, and it has a Division I-leading seven dual team shutouts over the last two seasons.

Moving forward from a fourth consecutive SoCon regular-season title in 2018-19, Bentley oversaw an App State program that went 9-3 overall in 2019-20 and had a then-school-record six NCAA qualifiers, including all four NCAA qualifiers who were products of North Carolina high schools.

App State led the country in 2020 with four dual meet shutouts, was one of only three Division I teams with at least four conference champions and was one of only six teams that had all 10 starters finish the season with a winning record.

Bentley’s career record stands at 113-71-1 at the end of the 2020-21 season, and a 7-1 league record in 2021 is part of a 38-4 run against SoCon competition during the last six seasons. Since the native of nearby Newland, N.C., became App State’s head coach, the Mountaineers have had 45 NCAA qualifiers and three All-Americans (prior to the 2021 championships).

App State achieved national top-25 rankings during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons, climbing to as high as No. 16 during a 12-3 season in 2016-17. Bentley finished third in voting for national coach of the year in 2012 and was also a finalist in 2018, when a young App State team swept both the SoCon regular-season and tournament titles.

Off the mat, App State posted a team-record GPA of 3.52 in the fall of 2020, raising the team’s cumulative GPA to a program-best 3.21, and its number of community service hours recorded by the Helper Helper platform in 2018-19 ranked No. 1 among all Division I wrestling programs.

In the last seven years, Bentley’s program is 58-7 against non-Power Five Conference opponents with seven victories against teams from Power Five leagues: Duke (2015-16), Indiana (2015-16), No. 15 Oregon State (2016-17), No. 25 North Carolina (2016-17), Duke (2016-17), Duke (2018-19) and Duke (2019-20). While attracting some of the nation’s top teams to Boone, the Mountaineers have consistently wrestled in front of standing-room-only crowds at Varsity Gym.

Growing up less than 20 miles from App State, Bentley was a star wrestler at nearby Avery County High School before he became a three-time ACC champion at North Carolina. He began his coaching career as a Davidson assistant in 2003, was the head coach at Watauga High School from 2003-06, worked as an App State assistant from 2006-08 and was promoted to associate head coach during the 2008-09 season. He made his debut as App State’s head coach the following season.

In 2017-18, Bentley was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four seasons. App State went 7-0 in the Southern Conference and put eight wresters in the finals of the league tournament.

During a 13-3 season in 2016-17, App State knocked off nationally ranked Oregon State and North Carolina. The 2015-16 season ended with a Southern Conference regular season championship and SoCon Tournament championship.

As a college wrestler, Bentley was twice named team MVP at North Carolina. He was the 2001 ACC Wrestler of the Year and a 2000 University Nationals Freestyle All-American. He ranks ninth in UNC single-season win percentage with a mark of .919 after he went 31-2 in 2000-01. He finished with 92 career wins, was a three-year member of the UNC Student-Athletic Council and earned a degree in communications in 2001. In 2008, he earned a masters degree in school administration from App State.

A three-sport athlete at Avery High School, Bentley was the second wrestler in North Carolina high school history to win four state championships. He finished his high school career with a perfect 144-0 record, capped by a National Championship in 1997.

Bentley’s brother, Matthew, wrestled at App State from 1992-96.

Bentley and his wife, Aaron, have three children: two daughters, Katie and Luci, and one son, Luke.

coach_ian_millerIan Miller

The national success of App State Wrestling attracted a former Power Five assistant with an impressive pedigree to cross the country and join head coach JohnMark Bentley's staff.
After following an All-America wrestling career with four seasons in which he coached four All-Americans as an Oregon State assistant, Bentley added Ian Miller as App State's head assistant coach before the 2020-21 season.
In 2021, App State set a school record with seven NCAA Championships qualifiers, including five who earned a top-20 seed and one All-American in Jonathan Millner (149 pounds). With five conference champions in 2021, the Mountaineers tied NC State and Arizona State for the lead in Division I wrestling.
The recent success translated into a pair of App State assistants receiving opportunities to become college head coaches following a 2019-20 season in which the Mountaineers (9-3 overall) had a school-record six NCAA qualifiers, led the nation with four dual meet shutouts and were one of only three Division I teams with at least four conference champions.
With three top-six NCAA finishes, Miller earned All-America recognition three times while wrestling at Kent State from 2011-16. He was also a University Nationals freestyle champion in both 2012 and 2014, when he was named the event's most outstanding wrestler.
Working as a Pac-12 assistant at Oregon State from 2016-20, Miller helped coach 10 conference champions and 14 NCAA qualifiers, with four of those claiming All-America status. The Beavers finished the 2018-19 and 2017-18 seasons ranked in the top 25 by several publications.
Miller graduated from Kent State with a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement and a minor in Athletic Coaching. He wrestled at 149 pounds and 157 pounds as a four-time national qualifier, highlighted by a fourth-place finish as a sophomore in 2014.
The only Kent State wrestler with three top-six NCAA finishes, Miller ranks third in school history with 138 career wins and fourth with 36 career pins. He was named the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2012 and the Kent State University Male Athlete of the Year in 2015 before closing his career with a third straight MAC title in 2016.
His championship runs at the University Nationals in 2012 and 2014 occurred in the 70- and 74-kilogram weight classes.
The native of Oak Harbor, Ohio, won a Division II high school state championship as a junior, was the runner-up as a senior and placed third as a sophomore.


appstate_diabe_randall_resized.jpgRandall Diabe

In October 2020, App State promoted App State Wrestling alum Randall Diabe to the role of full-time assistant coach.
Diabe completed his App State Wrestling career in 2018-19 and made his coaching debut as a volunteer assistant for the Mountaineers in 2019-20, helping them go 9-3 overall, produce a school-record six NCAA qualifiers, post a Division I-best four shutouts and finish as one of only six teams that had all 10 starters post a winning record.

In 2021, App State set a school record with seven NCAA Championships qualifiers, including five who earned a top-20 seed and one All-American in Jonathan Millner (149 pounds). With five conference champions in 2021, the Mountaineers tied NC State and Arizona State for the lead in Division I wrestling.
A two-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Diabe finished his competitive career in 2019 with a 77-48 record after being named All-Southern Conference at 197 pounds and earning an automatic NCAA berth thanks to his title at the SoCon Championship in Boone.

A native of Greensboro, N.C., Diabe went 26-7 as a senior and 14-1 in App State’s duals, including 14-0 against Division I programs. He went 5-0 in SoCon duals to go unbeaten for the second straight season, and entering the NCAA Championships, he was ranked No. 16 nationally by the NCAA Coaches’ Panel, No. 18 in the RPI and No. 13 by InterMat.

As a junior, Diabe was 20-9 at 197 pounds, and he had an undefeated Southern Conference record in duals (7-0) to earn all-conference recognition.

Diabe graduated from App State in December 2019 with a degree in health promotion and a minor in nutrition.