NCAA champ brings talents to Meadowcreek

Bubba Jenkins

Bubba Jenkins

NORCROSS -- Bubba Jenkins knows a thing or two about working the cradle move.

The Arizona State wrestler used the move earlier this year to pin his way to the NCAA championship.

"I remember when I stuck him I shocked the whole world," Jenkins said.

Jenkins was the natural fit as the featured coach at the second annual Hi-Impact Cradle and Granby Camp this week at Meadowcreek High School. The four-day camp teaches middle and high school wrestlers some of Jenkins' personal moves such as the cradle.

"They all want to see that," Jenkins said with a smile. "There's three moves they want -- the mixer, the super duck and cradle. It's three moves whether they can do it or not they want to see."

The camp featured nearly 70 participants and was geared toward wrestling teams from low-income areas. A typical four-day camp can cost around $200. The Hi-Impact camp with a college national champion was less than half of that.

"I remember back when I was a kid I couldn't go to the camps that cost hundreds of dollars. I wasn't going to ask my mom for that kind of money," Jenkins said. "It's real humbling seeing the guys compete. Giving back is always a good thing. I'm from an urban area and I love helping areas like that."

Meadowcreek was one of the local teams in attendance. The Mustangs, which features a diverse roster, have not been very competitive for the last 15 years, but second-year coach Richard Schumacher has the team on the rise.

"We've got one of the top college wrestlers of our time, a top coach from North Carolina, another coach that was an ACC champion, it's an outstanding staff," Schumacher said.

Jenkins spent three years at national power Penn State wrestling for the legendary Cael Sanderson.

Jenkins transferred his senior year to Arizona State where he won the 157-pound national title. Along with national champion Anthony Robles, who gained famed for winning a national title despite missing a leg, Arizona State finished the year ranked No. 5 in the nation.

"I teach them my style. I don't show anything I wouldn't use when I compete. It's more high risk, high reward," Jenkins said. "What I teach them, I teach they how I would do it."

Jenkins had a record of 97-24 in college, but will pursue a Mixed Martial Arts career after singing with American Top Team in South Florida.

"I still want to compete," Jenkins said. "Wrestling has given me a lot, but it's time to move on."