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After not winning a set in her first two matches, new Camp Verde High School head coach Britney Armstrong beat four teams in two days to finish fourth Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Spartan Classic.

The New Breed Wrestling Weekend Wars, which are held throughout the summer in Camp Verde don’t just benefit the athletes, but also the town’s economy, according to the event’s director.Korbin Uhler, of Camp Verde’s New Breed wrestling team, puts a hold on Austin Blomquist of Yuma during a match at Weekend Wars [above]. The ongoing competition, held in the Camp Verde Wrestling Complex every other weekend through the summer. Wrestlers from across the Southwest come to hone their skills for the regular season.

“Many volunteers from all over Arizona, as well as from out of state, representing different schools and wrestling clubs, are coming together bimonthly for kids. They all demonstrate how team spirit, a top-notch wrestling facility and innovative marketing can translate into sport tourism dollars, bringing spectators, athletes and their families to local hotels, restaurants and shops,” said Mario Chagolla Sr., who is also Camp Verde High School assistant coach.

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