Quest Summer Camp (4th Annual Nick Gavazzi Camp)

Posted: February 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Registration for the 4th Annual Nick Gavazzi Camp is below, or you can click the link here:   Camp Registration.   As many know, this is a highly attended camp, that receives high accolades from all who attend, it is open to any and all entrants.   The camp’s profits are donated to the Too Sweet Memorial Foundation, which regularly supports the area’s youth and high school wrestling community.  Additionally, this past year, the proceeds from the camp went to taking 4 Quest Teams to the NHSCA National Duals in Virginia Beach, whereby three of the teams made it into the final day of competition and our Team Black took 4th out of 197 Teams!!!

Check out below, the star studding coaching staff added for the 2019 camp!  

This year we have added the following to the camp’s Coaching Staff:

Gene Mills: 
Gene Mills, a native of New Jersey, and carries the nickname “Mean Gene, The Pinning Machine” by piling up falls from the time he was a kid all the way through his international career. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame (NWHoF) has him for 886 total falls across all levels of competition as well as 1356 career victories. At Syracuse, Mills was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion, winning in 1979 and 1981. In 1980, he took a redshirt to pursue an Olympic gold medal during this same year, Mills was named athlete of the year by the U.S. Olympic committee.  Although Mills did not compete in the Moscow Olympics because of the U.S. boycott, he became a World Super Champion in Japan and a Tbilisi Champion in the former USSR.  Mills was voted the outstanding wrestler in both tournaments. Mills was a finalist for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team but shoulder reconstruction prevented him from fulfilling his Olympic dream.
Mills was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000. Mills went on to become a successful high school wrestling coach in Phoenix, NY.

Two-time NCAA Champion; four-time All-American; World Cup Champion and Outstanding Wrestler; Tbilisi Soviet Champion and Outstanding Wrestler; U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year; Distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Tim Flynn:  

Tim Flynn is currently the head coach at West Virginia University.   He started there in 2018 from Edinboro, where he spent the past 21 years building the Fighting Scots into a wrestling powerhouse. He compiled a 223-95-5 career record at Edinboro to become the school’s all-time winningest coach and a member of its Hall of Fame.

His accomplishments at Edinboro totaled 150 national qualifiers, 38 All-Americans, 64 EWL champions and 97 PSAC champions. He led the Fighting Scots to five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, 14 top-20 finishes and 18 top-25 finishes.

Flynn engineered in recent years two of the best seasons in Edinboro wrestling history.  He received NWCA NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honors, shared InterMat Coach of the Year honors with Minnesota’s J Robinson and also was selected as WIN’s Dan Gable Coach of the Year.

He was the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Coach of the Year seven times and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year 13 times. Flynn also coached three national champions (John Koscheck at 174 in 2001, Gregor Gillespie at 149 in 2007 and Jarrod King at 165 in 2009) and eight NCAA runners-up.

The former Penn State All-American, before taking over the head coaching duties, Flynn was an assistant at Edinboro under legendary coach and Olympian Bruce Baumgartner from 1992-97. Flynn assisted Baumgartner to a 56-21 record, including a 14-0 dual match mark and a sixth-place finish at Nationals in 1996.

Nick Heflin:

Nick Heflin has been the assistant coach of Oklahoma University since 2017. In Heflin’s first year, OU finished in second place at the 2017 Big 12 Championship, and eight wrestlers qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis and in his second season, the Sooners sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. Heflin aided in top-tier recruiting, bringing four top-100 recruits to Norman ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Prior to his time at OU, Heflin spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Princeton. Heflin helped lead the Tigers to their seventh top-25 finish in program history in 2016-17 after sending seven student-athletes to the NCAA Championships, including freshman All-American Matthew Kolodzik. In 2015-16 under Heflin’s direction, 197-pounder Brett Harner earned the EIWA crown and reach the podium at the national tournament.

Additional Coaches include:

Quest’s own and assistant coach of George Mason University, Mason Beckman.

Two of West Virginia University’s finest.   Vertus Jones and WVU’s first NCAA Champion, Scott Collins!

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