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"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard" ~ Kevin Durant. My coaches have been telling me this all through highschool, finally I realized to true meaning of it. Just because I have some natural talent at wrestling, doesn't mean that I still don't have to give it my all. Wrestling teaches young athletes about hard work, dedication, a sense of pride, and courage. Courage to give it their all and not be afraid of Goliath, just because they are a David does not mean that they have to be afraid.
Contributed by Nicholas Ortner
All successful dedicated wrestlers know wrestling IS a lifestyle. wrestling is respect, commitment, hard work, and leadership on and off the mat. Wrestling teaches life lessons, values, work ethic, and creates a bond between team mates. What most people dont understand is that wrestlers do it for the love of the sport. We have no professional league, we dont get paid, the only opportunity is in college, and soon we may not even have the olympics. If you can wrestle, you can do anything.
Contributed by Kole Kernan
In the English dictionary wrestling is; "A sport or contest in which two unarmed individuals struggle hand to hand with each attempting to subdue or unbalance the other." To the IOC, it isn't considered important enough to be a core sport in the olympics. Well the IOC must've read the dictionary. The truth of the matter is that if you ask a wrestler what wrestling is, he will open his gym bag and show you the carrots and variety of fruits and water he thrives on year round, he will pull out his headgear and shoes, and reply, "wrestling is my life". People don't understand the complex nature of this sport. When you include the work, the training, dieting, determination, passion, missing out on the great food at festivities, late nights and early mornings you see it in a whole new perspective. The feeling before matches is nerve-racking. You feel heavy, yet you are confident and you study the physique of your opponent. Then its time, you line up in front of another human that has sweat and suffered the same you, then you apply heart and that's a whole other depth. That's what keeps you going when your in over time and have thoughts come across your body that say give up and ask you why you do this sport, but you push through and all that pain is alleviated and your left with pride and pay-off.
Contributed by Forrest Cowley
Being a wrestler myself, I've learned many valuable assets not only in the sport itself, but other life long lessons as well. What I really like about the sport is that no one else is responsible for the end result of a match. It is all on you as an individual and you can only hold yourself responsible for the result of the match. Basically you get what you put in. There are three main styles of wrestling. One being folkstyle which is the style that is used for high school and college wrestling in the United States. The other two forms are Greco-Roman, and Freestyle. These two forms of wrestling are used at the senior level which includes the Olympics too. The Olympic committee has actually taken wrestling out of the Olympics causing an outrage throughout the entire wrestling community. We have all come together and have begun to start fighting for our sport which was featured in the very first Olympics, if they are to completely erase wrestling from the Olympics then they will take out the most original sport in the Olympic Games dating back to the first Olympic Games held in Greece. This is a video from YouTube of myself wrestling in one of the Olympic styles of wrestling, freestyle. In the video, I am wrestling an individual from the historic program which is The University of Iowa. He is the projected starter for next season and is well known in the wrestling community and placed fourth at the second biggest tournament in college called the Midlands held at Northwestern University. I am a student-athlete myself for Kent State University. youtu.be
Contributed by Mark Matos
Wrestling, for me, is more than just a sport. Don't worry, I'm not going to try telling you that it's a "lifestyle" either. That's far too cliche for my taste. But I believe that wrestling, more than any other sport, teaches you. In the few short seasons I spent wrestling, I have learned far more about myself than I could have ever imagined. How much more can I take? Can I fight a few seconds longer? Every practice, and every match, a wrestler not only struggles physically, but he is constantly fighting a mental battle in which he puts his determination and will to succeed to the ultimate test. He must attempt to defeat the opponent he sees with him in the circle. But just as real, if not even more so than the opposing wrestler, are the opponents within himself. The burning in your lungs. The aching in every muscle. The voice in your head feeding you doubts and uncertainties. And only once you push past this will you get your hand raised at the end of the day and will you realize that the man you thought you were is no match to the man you truely are. Wrestling is not a sport. Wrestling is discovering yourself.
Contributed by Tyler Severns