Every kid should wrestle

10 Reasons Why Kids Should Wrestle

10 Reasons Why Kids Should Wrestle

Wrestling is a great sport that teaches athletes so many valuable lessons about sport and life in general. Dan Gable, legendary University of Iowa coach, World, and Olympic Champion; is quoted as saying “Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” I still think that life can continue to throw powerful punches and challenges, however, I am in agreement that wrestling is a sport that teaches hard work and personal accountability. If one fails on the wrestling mat, there is no one else to blame but the individual. It is hard to blame a coach or a teammate for a sub par performance, and wrestling forces an individual to look inward to see what you’re really made of. Here are my top ten reasons why kids should wrestle.

1. Wrestling develops basic athletic skills

Wrestling is one of those sports that requires a lot of body control. It isn’t enough to be able to run, jump, or throw. You have to be able to use your neck, your back, your arms, your legs, and everything else that you can control to help you to win a match. One of the staples of a good wrestling practice is tumbling in the warm up. People often recognize the value of signing children up in gymnastics, but many people are unaware that there are a lot of tumbling and gymnastics movements that are a part of wrestling practice. We make sure to spend a portion of every practice, especially with our youngest athletes, on tumbling. You have to build an athlete before you can turn him into a wrestler. That is not even to mention all of the flexibility, strength, explosiveness, and skill required to execute a lot of wrestling moves effectively.

2. Wrestling develops personal responsibility

Wrestling is a sport that makes you responsible like no other. Whether you win or lose, it’s entirely up to you. You are responsible for your training. You are responsible for making weight. You have to score. It’s all on you. There are dual competitions and team tournaments where every individual’s performance comes into play, but your teammate can’t step in to tag you out, if things aren’t going your way. You have to be ready to be ready to perform every single match.

3. Wrestling develops mental toughness

The training that is required for wrestling is very intense to say the least. In just a six minute match, you can feel entirely wiped out. In the heat of a tough match, your lungs can burn, your legs and back can be worn out, and your forearms can be completely swollen with blood. Because of the intense nature of the sport, you have to be prepared for anything. You also have to be mentally tough and prepared to square up one on one with your opponent. If you step on the mat, and you don’t believe that you are going to win, you are in trouble. You have to be mentally strong to be ready to perform under pressure on a regular basis. You have to be mentally prepared to push your body beyond what it wants to do.

4. Wrestling teaches about nutrition and weight maintenance

One of the hardest parts of wrestling is making weight. It is a challenge to go through the regular wrestling workouts, and when you are cutting weight, you also will probably be doing extra workouts on the side as well as cutting your calorie intake. You have to learn how to say no to the cake and say yes to fresh fruits and vegetables. You have to learn to say no to the soda and chips and say yes to water and chicken breasts. The better you eat, the more energy that you will have, and the better that you will perform.

5. Wrestling brings kids together and builds a strong camaraderie

Adversity has a way of bringing people together, and due to the challenges that a wrestler faces on a daily basis in practice and competition, the bonds between wrestlers become very strong. In a wrestling practice, you have a group of guys that are giving it their very all to become the best they can be, and in order to do that, they have to compete against each other, day in and day out. However, even though guys are trying to break their opponent during practice, they can also be some of the best friends after practice is over. There is a great feeling of empathy that is developed for the other athletes, and when they win big matches, you are happy for them. When they lose big matches, you can feel the sting of their loss too.

6. Wrestling develops discipline

To be successful in wrestling, you have to develop discipline. You can’t just show up to practice whenever you want to, or else you will not be properly prepared to compete. You can’t just compete on the days that you feel like it, and you can’t just watch your diet occasionally. You have to develop and stick to a routine. If you are undisciplined in any of your efforts, it can be disastrous further down the road when you show up to a competition untrained or unprepared. You have to do the work every day.

7. Wrestling brings different cultures and countries together

Wrestling is a sport that helps bring people together. Even though the competition is fierce, most wrestlers are able to look past where an individual is from. If you walk around in various cities all across the world, people can recognize your cauliflower ear, and they know you are a wrestler. Wrestling took me all across the globe, and I still have some great friends from other countries of the world like Germany, Egypt, Cuba, and Hungary just to name a few.

8. Wrestling teaches an individual how to focus on something and master it

There are a lot of techniques that you can try to master in wrestling, but the very best wrestlers usually have one or two moves that are unstoppable. It takes a lot of time and repetition to get a move down just right so that it can be executed during competition. Bruce Lee wasn’t a wrestler, but he has a quote that I really like. It says, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” This quote applies to wrestling as well. The wrestlers who dabble in a lot of different things, won’t be the greatest. The wrestler that can discipline themselves to focus on one technique and master it, will give themselves a great opportunity to win.

9. Wrestling provides opportunities to further education

Let’s face it. It is very unlikely that most wrestlers will get paid much, if anything at all, to wrestle. However, wrestling can provide an opportunity to earn a scholarship to wrestle in college and further one’s education. A lot of times when people think of getting a scholarship to wrestle in college, they immediately think that division I schools are the only places that they can go to get a wrestling scholarship. The truth is that there are more opportunities to wrestle in college and get school paid for by competing in other divisions as well. Division II, NAIA, and junior colleges also have programs will scholarships available. If young wrestlers are committed to the sport and do their homework about wrestling programs, hopefully, they will be able to find a school that they can wrestle at and further their education as well.

10. Wrestling is fun

Last but not least, wrestling is fun! Despite all of the challenges that are a part of the sport, it is so much fun and so rewarding to go compete and win. Having your hand raised at the end of a match is a great feeling. It is a very satisfying feeling to know that you are able to work hard, improve your skills, face challenges, and overcome them. You know that no matter what life throws at you, that you will be able to prepare for it, and come out okay on the other side.

Conclusion

Wrestling is such an amazing sport that provides youth an opportunity to learn things that will help them throughout their lifetime. It helps to develop strong minds and strong bodies. It helps youth to learn to set and work to achieve goals. It is a great sport that I am very grateful to have competed in, and I am still very fortunate to be able to continue to coach and pass along lessons that I have learned along the way. If you are a wrestler that is still competing, I hope that you continue to do so and keep learning things. If you are a parent of wrestlers, I hope that you continue to encourage them to work hard. If you don’t wrestle, I encourage you to give it a try. Finally, if you are a parent of youth that don’t wrestle, I encourage you to encourage them to try out wrestling. Even if they only do it for a short time, they will be forever changed.

About The Author

Justin Ruiz is a college and youth wrestling coach. He was a 2x NCAA All American for the University of Nebraska, 6x World Team Member, and a World Bronze Medalist. He is currently an assistant coach at Utah Valley University and is one of the founders,partners, and coaches of Fortius Wrestling Club, a club that offers wrestling training and coaching to elementary, junior high, and high school athletes. To contact Justin visit the link here. Please remember to like the Fortius Wrestling page on Facebook here. You can also sign up for email updates via the form on the home page.
 

 

 

44 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Kids Should Wrestle

  1. lisa rasche

    This an awesome article and every parent with a son or daughter should get them to try wrestling. Both of my sons started wrestling clubs in first grade. Both of them wrestled all the way thru high school. My youngest son has been thru it all cutting weight, hard workouts, many years of traveling to many tournaments and also going to big tournaments in Tulsa Ok, Las Vegas and many more. As of today my youngest has alot to be proud of in his career in wrestling with 4 yrs at Varsity Wrestling and 4 Team Championship rings, and 2 kids club Championship Brackets Boards @62lbs and 79 lbs. During his junior year in Montini Catholic High School he was looked at by many upper colleges. In his Senior year he placed 1st in the State Final and what was an awesome and Priceless for him and us as parents. He went to The Naval Academy for a visit to see if he would like to attend The Naval Academy. His Dad went with him and he chose to go to The Naval Academy for wrestling. My son is in his Junior yr at The Naval Academy and wrestling in Las Vegas this weekend! We are two proud parents for him being in a very prestige Academy and getting a great education then will finish by serving his country! We are very Proud of you son! Good luck this weekend and praying for you to be safe and get what you want from this tourament! Go Navy

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  2. Bruce Sider

    I coached high school football (10yrs), wrestling (18yrs) & baseball (37yrs). The personal bonds developed, and life lessons learned through wrestling are unmeasurable. Whenever I run into a former wrestler, a simply handshake will never suffice no matter the situation. Hugs and conversation always ensue. Now that there’s Facebook, I here from a wrestler on a weekly basis, baseball player about the same (considering the time – it makes sense), football players, sometimes. Wrestlers are more successful in life, because they have had to endure individual adversities to simply exist on the mat, not necessarily be successful on the mat. Hail to wrestling!

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  3. connie r.

    In my family there are four wrestlers, my nephew, who now coaches and encourages his three sons to follow in his footsteps. In the eyes of my three grand nephews, I see pride, focus and passion for the sport of wrestling. The nice part about that, it gives them courage to try other sports too. I applaud my nephew for exposing them to wrestling and supporting them through the practices and tournaments. These three ‘kids’ are mature and responsible and I know their lives are enriched because they got their start in the sport of wrestling.

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  4. R. Bohner

    I’ve coached wrestling for over 30 years. While I’ve enjoyed the talented “champions ” I coached, it’s the less successful individuals who have stuck with the sport without the benefit of the rewards of winning that have most impressed me. It’s special to be there when that less talented kid wins their first match. When I talked to them as adults, it is the hard work and learning to preserver when things don’t go your way that has benefitted them the most in their adult life.

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    1. Steve Pisciotta

      I have been coaching wrestling for 20 years and this comment explained a big reason for why I coach. There is a great feeling when you see a kid work so hard and too finally put it all together. I have even had kids never win a match but continue keep coming keep back. Just as those kids had never given up nor will I to coach them because I respect there effort and determination. It’s a great feeling when you do see them as adults and they thank you for never giving up on them and they tell you how have made them a better adult because of your example as a coach. For those coaches out there that have been a positive example in a persons life, I salute you.

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  5. Denise Sunkees

    I so agree with all that is in this post. My son has wrestled his whole life since he was 3. He has learned more about life and how to be a hard working man then he could in any other situation. We have followed him all over the United States and cheered him on to never quit and always do his very best. I have watched him turn i to a man from a young boy. He is now a father who is teaching all the things he has learned to his young son. Hes tougher then i would ever know both mentally and physically and i think most of it has come because of the opportunity he got to wrestle.

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  6. Jason Taylor

    Some of my best memories are from the mat. From 2nd grade through Senior year of High School. the friendships are endowing. Simple rules of the mat helped to forge my life. Thank you for the chance and experience of the ” 6 minutes.”

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  7. Jodie Fangmeier

    Thank you so much for this article! I am a mother of 14 year old twin boys. They do a lot together, but this year my one son decided to wrestle. Brendan is 5’9″ and weighs in at 243. My husband and I were very hesitant to allow him to go out and made him plead his case as to why all of the sudden. We had our reservations about his weight, size and lack of knowledge about the sport, since his primary has always been football. I have to say we have enjoyed watching him grow and get stronger with every match! He was always a giant teddy bear that would allow anyone to take advantage or pick on him. Now, I see changes in his personality that are tremendous! He is strong, motivated and for the most part is doing something without his twin at his side. Thank you again for this article. After reading this affirmation for wrestling, I am an even bigger believer in the sport’s potential!

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  8. amanda hanson

    Love this article! Everything wrestling is about is right here! I just hope kids are lucky enough to understand it while theyre a part of it, instead of later on.

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  9. Joe Gutierrez

    Great write up ! As for me wrestling has played a big part of my life . It taught me to never give up and I feel only wrestling can instill the true value of hard work and self discipline . All the lessons I learned in wrestling I have used in everyday life . It helped me make it through some of the most difficult infantry training the U.S. Army had to offer . But I believe the one time having a wrestlers mentality has truly saved me was when I lost my 18 year old daughter Natasha in a car accident back in October of 2005 . For a long time I beat myself up with the poor me and found myself in a state of depression . After a while I finally stepped back and looked at the big picture , this was not what she would want for me . I looked at it as the biggest wrestling match I had ever lost , and that I could either throw my hands up and say I quit , or I could learn from it and do what I had to do to make myself a better man . And personally think that she looks down from above smiles and is proud of her Daddy the WRESTLER .

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    1. dave walls

      Oh joe.thats so sad.but true.she will be proud! Well done mate.im an english wrestler and would be lost without wrestling in my life.20yrs in it.along time.u take care.

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  10. Dee

    I was a high school wrestler for 4 years and wrestled in college a little bit! Wrestling is really a sport that teaches you about life and how to handle different things on the fly! I love wrestling and I have 4 girls and if one of them showed interest in the sport I would let them wrestle but I would tell them that it will be the toughest sport they ever would do but the most rewarding!

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  11. Marie

    I agree with this article the one thing that bothers me is wrestling is a predominantly male sport. There is no female equivalent and although girls are allowed to wrestle not all parents will allow this. Are female athletes losing out on a great opportunity?

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    1. Eddy Pruitt

      Marie , in a way yes , and in a way no . This article is spot on . I assisted in coaching for wrestling on two occasions . First in the early 80′s , then againn in the late 90′s . There were no females wrestling at the school where I coached in Oregon . There were a few at other schools in the district . In 2004 I was offered the head coaching job . I accepted it . I had one female on my team . She loved the sport . I tried to make it easy on her at practice . But she would have no part of that . She took me aside after 2 or 3 practices and told me to stop . She wanted to be respected by her teammates and that wasn’t going to happen if she wasn’t treated and “barked” at like the other wrestlers on the team when she wasn’t giving it her all , like when I yelled at the boys . It wasn’t long after that the team accepted her as one of them . That girl taught this old school state champion that he didn’t know everything ! The next year was her senior year and she came back out . She never had the oppertunity to wrestle anpther female but did win 3 matches her senior year .I just wish there were seperate teams for girls . I would go back to coaching after being away from it for 5 years just for that reason . For her .

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    2. Justin Sitch

      Although I do not know where you are from, I can ensure you two things. 1.) In the state of Washington, there is a girls division for wrestling involving all the same opportunities and challenges. I wrestled for 12 years of my life there and at my high school the girls team had a lot and was growing! 2.) Currently, girls wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. If it hasn’t yet, it will come to you soon.

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    3. Tony Wood

      Women’s wrestling is an Olympic sport, so any thoughts that opportunities don’t exist are probably because you don’t see it locally. That too will change. I was (proud to be!) born and raised in the Midwest. I moved to CA 8 years ago and can tell you that women’s wrestling is alive and thriving. I was the first neanderthal to point the finger and say “that’s not right”, but indeed I was wrong. I was reacting to what I was seeing. Boys wrestling girls. Girls that had the intestinal fortitude to step forward and say that they wanted to wrestle. The opportunities for girls to wrestle only girls were slim at best.

      Since that time, WOW how things have changed! CA has women’s state champions for 4 years now. I am proud to say that the girl I worked with was one of the 1st CA state champions. She is now wrestling in college and I couldn’t be prouder. As more and more schools drop their wrestling programs in pursuit of Title 9 compliance, women’s wrestling may be a god send. Schools faced with budget concerns have consistently had men’s wrestling at the top of the “to go” list. Now the opportunity exists for them to do just the opposite and ADD women’s wrestling to put it on the level playing field with other sports that field mens and womens teams (soccer, swimming, track, etc.)

      It didn’t happen in CA without the tremendous grit and determination of a few VERY brave girls and it won’t happen without them. There has to be the pioneers that are willing to build something from nothing and accept the challenges that come along with it. Wrestling embraces those characteristics. I worked the scorers table at a girl’s meet last weekend (one of the first of the HS season) and was happy to see (4) mats full from 9am-4pm with non-stop action as over 400 girls wrestled. Some in their 1st matches, many more wrestling at a level that is at or equals the skill of their male counterparts. I wish the best to any girl wanting to wrestle and encourage everyone in wrestling to support them. It IS the quickest and easiest way to expand, grow and possibly SAVE the sport that we love.

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  12. Brenda

    Great article! My youngest son wrestled in school and my oldest son started MMA after college and just went pro. Hoping to get our grandsons involved soon. It is an excellent sport for kids to get involved with!

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  13. Phillip

    Very true, this sport will prepare you for this life and maybe even for the life to come.
    I started wrestling in 2nd grade through open tournaments my dad and my brother Rusty took me to get experience and I continued into college (even won against a 2 time national champion). The confidence and dission to do the right thing can be life saving! I have thanked my father before he dead and if I haven’t thanked my brother Rusty enough for his motivation and encouragement. I will say it again, thank you- thank you my brother!!!!

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  14. Rick E.

    I will never be able to give back enough to wrestling. It has given my son with Aspergers and ADHD so much, and has helped him so much off the mat (academically, etc.). I try to talk every child I see into talking to their parents about wrestling.

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  15. Maureen Reeves Horsley

    My Grmpa “Cyclone” Ben F. Reeves n my Dad Kerm E.Reeves were wrestlers. Dad in 1930′s w undefeated Graettinger H.S. Wrestling n Grandpa Reeves Wrestled Frank Gotch in Boone, Iowa, Nov., 1909. I believe the self responsibility n discipline were top traits they passed on..in life to their family. “I’m in control n my responsibility…can’t blame anyone but yourself” :-) . Good sport to teach life long living lessons! Thanks Dan Gable. Well said, n yes, they both had cauliflower ears :-)

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  16. Jason

    Wrestling sounds great, and I believe that exercise and proper nutrition is something desperately needed in America today. Yet after having worked in various high schools, and after being exposed to coaches and wrestlers, I never hear any one speak out about the dangers of cutting weight. This article might suggest that cutting weight encourages eating healthy food over junk food, but often times wrestlers stop eating to make weight. I have seen hundreds of wrestlers over the years stop eating completely to make weight. This is a dangerous and ignorant. Young people need to eat good foods and eat enough of them to help them as they are growing. When they stop eating to make weight they are endangering their health. Don’t forget that just because you talk about eating fruits and vegetables this does not mean that some young kid is not being encouraged to starve himself to make weight.

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    1. Amy C

      Agree about the weight thing. I had a classmate in high school who was hospitalized due to health issues related to not eating enough. If you have to starve yourself to make “your weight”, that is just ridiculous and unhealthy . Go to the next class or don’t wrestle.

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    2. admin Post author

      Unfortunately there are plenty of kids that go about cutting weight incorrectly. When I was first starting out, I didn’t always do it the right way either. I had to go out and do a lot of my own searching to find out what I should and shouldn’t eat to help maintain my weight as well as be able to perform to the best of my ability. My personal opinion on weight cutting is that there are a lot of kids that would benefit from just moving up a weight class and do some more strength training. There is definitely a difference between eating for performance, and not eating. The discipline required to eat for performance is useful and can be applied at any stage of life beyond wrestling.

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    3. cody

      Totally agree with this. I believe wrestling is super unhealthy for kids. Teaching them to cut weight at young ages is brutal.

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  17. Joe mcfarland

    I’ve got a few more for you

    Wrestling is a martial art. Wrestlers are not bullys but they are able to end a fight quickly against any other martial art.

    Wrestling allows small people a place as the athletic table. Where else can a college kid compete who weighs under 150 pounds. I wrestled in college at 123, 130, 137, 157 finishing in med school. What other sport allows that?

    Lastly, wrestling for women is a dream come true for us all. It will bring spectators back to the mat. It settles title 9 foolishness but more inline with your great article …….. It gives women the ability to defend themselves from being sexually attacked …… and gives them an edge in getting jobs in law enforcement, FBI, armed forces where power to weight ratios are important.

    Thanks for your article.

    Joseph mcfarland MD

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    1. dave walls

      True joe.im v.lucky to have a wrestling background and be able to ‘stand up’ to anyone.girls wrestling, ummm i dont know.they need to be able to defend themselves nowadays sadly reflection on todays society.go on the girls!!!!

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  18. Pete Walters

    When I was a kid, wrestling clubs did not exist, and most of us “started” in the 7th grade, with Jr. High meets. Stayed with it in Pa thru 9th grade, but no varsity matches that year.. My toughest matches were always “in the room” against a guy a year older, a quiet farm kid named Don. I remember us as being abt equal in skill, but I was faster and, I believe, a bit stronger..BUT BUT BUT He….NEVER gave up, and I always remembered that. Wrestled in Germany for 2 years, won more often than I lost, but didn’t advance skills much at all, except for one move I loved, called the crusher( Don’t know if it was legal or not, but i never got called for it!) Came back to Pa., looked at the room/guys and realized that I would never break into the line-up, so i didn’t stay with it. Don did. Years later I found him in my Basic Training Platoon at Parris Island…a big surprise.. He had stayed quiet; On our graduation day we were allowed limited freedom, and I asked him what he wanted to do… ” I want to go to a deserted Parade Ground, sit down for an hour without anyone screaming at me). I “got lucky” in the Corps, and spent my entire duty in Headquarters, including a nice stint in Kanoehoe, Hawaii.. Don went to VietNam and got Horribly wounded both torso and face. Years later I saw him at a local match- I could see the facial scars from across the gym- I went over to talk, having not seen him since boot camp.. It did not go well.. Don shared that he had had very bad thoughts towards me for years… Although our situations were very much a result of the luck of the draw… I spoke briefly with him,, and…let it rest.. Again, years later I saw him at an auction..This time things were very much different-he was very cordial.. I told him that at he was, for me, a hero, and that I had always admired him since out Jr. high wrestling days… He responded, ” ya know, you could have beat me almost every time, but I knew you’d fag out and give up… I don’t know what this all means, except that Don forgave me for NOT getting shot, for Not even going in-country..but he did NOT forgive or forget that I had a habit of just saying, “screw this”, it’s just a practice room match. That memory, for both of us, is 61 years old.. Ya can’t get it from any other sport . Is it an ideal sport for all??/ I would say not.. some kids are just not that physical, and wrestling requires an amount of self-confidence GOING IN… But for some, it remains a wonderful experience and a model of life-lessons, I remain a fan, a afficiando of the Grandby Roll, and hold Don in my highest regard .. Pete Walters

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  19. Mac

    Great article, and spot on! I had a 14 year old daughter participate in cross country this year, and as I was reading your article it occurred to me that you really could substitute “cross country” for “wrestling” in each of the points you made…Quality athletic programs in a variety of different sports can teach all of the wonderful things you outlined in your article. I am so grateful for dedicated coaches in a variety of sports all over the country to make learning these valuable lessons possible for our children

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  20. Lisa

    I have fond memories when I think about the 10 years my son wrestled. It become a welcomed part of our lifestyle. A sport which brings out the individual wrestlers drive, work ethic while staying humble and focused. A sport that teaches patiences and confidence.

    As my son continues to take his education and future with the same drive and dedication he did while he wrestled I am always ask ” what did you do right your son so driven”? My answer is always… I didn’t do anything except watch him wrestle and he did all the rest! ~ Cheers to all the young boys and girls competing in the sport!

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  22. Jacklynn

    I started my wrestling career in Washington State Little Guys at the age of five, in 1989. As a female wrestler. There were virtually no females wrestling, or at least not any that I personally wrestled, until the year 2000. Which left me wrestling all males for that eleven years. In my opinion, I think it was better for the development of my wrestling skills. To all the female wrestlers out there my advise is if you want to be the best wrestler you could possibly be, don’t get to caught up in worrying about weather your community has an all girls wrestling program. Or if the competitors you are wrestling against are all female. If you wanna reach your highest potential in this sport compete as often as you can and wrestle who ever is put in front of you.

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  23. Steve Ricard

    Great article….wrestling has given so much to me….an avenue in which to set goals”.be on a team….forge great friendships….and finish something…..blessed every day to be a part of the world’s oldest and greatest sport!

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  24. RJ Scott

    Another of my favorite Dan Gable quotes is, “America needs wrestling!”

    I agree! Dedication to any sport (or discipline…I count music and the arts in this same vein) yields lasting benefits…but having been involved in wrestling now for 41 years at all levels of competition, I can attest to the uniqueness that our sport in this regard. I have never experienced or even witnessed anything like the systems mindset and abundance mentality that exists in wrestling. The best coaches and competitors in wrestling realize that the only sure way to ensure your (or your team) will get better is to ensure that those around you also get better. This literally means that each serious participant must invest in the improvement of the system, which means your opponents must also improve. I have watched wrestlers literally coach each other right after a match…with the winning wrestler showing his opponent exactly how he was able to capitalize on a situation and turn it to his advantage, including demonstrating how to avoid the hold or situation in the future! I have seen coaches pull wrestlers from opposing teams aside after a match to encourage them and even coach them through some difficult aspect of their technique! Coaches from opposing teams work together to develop each other’s wrestlers…understanding fully that doing so may mean giving an opponent the tools to defeat your own wrestler next time around.

    Systems thinking reminds us that positive outcomes are the product of system elements that reward the behaviors that lead to the results we are trying to achieve. Abundance mentality tells us that by working together toward our worthwhile common goals we can actually improve outcomes for all involved…the opposite of scarcity mentality, which tells us that the pie is only so big and if the other guy gets a bigger piece of it that can only mean that my piece gets smaller.

    Wrestling is unique in the world of competitive athletics in that it when things are really working well, it combines these two philosophies/disciplines effectively…almost inherently…in ways that drive real synergy. I have experienced little in my personal or professional life like it!

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