Wrestling has to be one of the hardest sports around. There are many factors that make up a good wrestler, however, there are many traits that are shared by all wrestlers no matter what their skill level is. To be a good wrestler, you will need to be as strong as football players, have the body awareness of gymnasts, conditioning of marathoners, speed of sprinters, and the mental toughness of the marines.
Dan Gable (who is a legend in the sport) was once quoted as saying that “Once you wrestle everything else is easy.” This couldn’t be truer. Wrestling is a sport that makes everything look easy in comparison. One of the reason for this because of weight cutting. Most sports will allow you to be able to eat normally before a competition. Wrestling on the other hand requires you to keep your weight under control. If you ever fail to make your weight class then you are not allowed to wrestler.
It can take many years for wrestlers to be able develop and really gel in the sport. However, this can be shorted by working out in the summer time. Since it is a winter sport, you can make up a lot of ground, by working out and training all year. This isn’t mandatory, but it is required if you want to be truly successful. There are summer camps all over the nation. In fact with a little research online, it would not be too hard to find a wrestling camp that is right near your house. Wrestling in tournaments all summer long is another way for you to really develop.
One way that will really help you develop your skills in the summer time is to make sure that you write down what you have learned at the camps. Bring pen and a notebook when going to a wrestling camp. This is because during these camps you will be shown many, many moves and will not be able to remember them all. When you write them all down you will be able to remember all of them, or at the very minimum you will remember more than you would have ever been able to without writing them down.
A person will only need a few pieces of gear in order to practice and compete. You will need to have wrestling shoes, a headgear, and a singlet. A singlet is the wrestling uniform that you might have seen before… it is the spandex. A few optional things that you can wear when you are wrestling are mouth guards and knee pads.
There are many different places competitions will take place but a good majority of them will take place in school gyms. This is because most wrestling events will take place between one or more schools. State and national tournaments are often held in stadiums due to the size requirements that necessary. A lot of space is needed for more than four to five mats. Some state tournaments have 10 or more mats because of the amount of wrestlers that they have. If they didn’t have all those mats then the event would take weeks to finish.
Wrestling is a great sport and it teaches many different life lessons. It not only teaches you how to be part of team but it also teaches you skills such as discipline, determination, and persistence. All of these skills are great for life.