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From My View For Oct. 26

By Staff | Oct 26, 2016

I was never a wrestler, but my youngest son Jeremy was, and I got a taste of it early as an adult. However, I did give a try when I was in high school. After basketball practice I would go over to where the wrestlers were and talk smack a little. But, I would take it back very soon afterwards.

We had some very good wrestlers at River during my high school days, and I thought I was strong and curious enough to try to wrestle against my friends. A friend of mine was a super heavyweight. He told me I could pick two other wrestlers to help me wrestle him, and I took him up on the offer.

I had picked two other guys with the same 185-pound weight I had. We began to wrestle. Even with two other wrestlers I had a tough time getting Arlie Henry down on the mat, but when I did, I was somewhat successful.

From this point on I had a different view point on wrestling, not only as a sport, but everyday life stuff that I learned about the sport – the wrestlers in how they conditioned themselves and all the tangibles that wrestling has to offer.

The wrestling team at Magnolia has a new head coach in Eric McKeever. Coach McKeever has loads of experience and has been a coach at Tyler Consolidated and at Magnolia. He has been the assistant coach at Magnolia for the last couple years, and the kids respect him as well as his wrestlers’ parents.

He will do awesome.

They have already started conditioning three days a week after school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There were 31 kids signed up to wrestle, but a good portion of them, I suppose, only sign up and have no intention of participating.

From this point, I want to tell my readers about what wrestling can do for your child.

The first thing everyone should know about high school wrestling: a wrestler only wrestles someone no more than five pounds more than he or she is, so you don’t have to worry about having someone much bigger wrestling against you.

Wrestling not only builds strength, but it teaches the athlete so many valuable lessons about the sport, as well life in general. Life can continue to throw powerful punches and challenges; however, I believe 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. Wrestling also forces an individual to look inward to see what he or she is really made of.

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.

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.

Once you step on the mat, and don’t believe 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, and you can take that with you in life as well.

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.

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.

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.

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. Even if you only do it for a short time, you will be forever changed.

You will discover that much of what you’ll get out of the wrestling, you can use in the work-force, the classroom and at home. The type of skills that you’ll need to bounce back from life’s true tests – fear, failure and disappointment.

Wrestling can help re-program your mind for these valuable tools by teaching you how to work through physical and mental pain and exhaustion, how to set goals and reach them, and how to make failure your learning curve for success.

I hope that I have helped you decide to wrestle if you are still in school. If you’re a parent, I hope I helped you decide that wrestling could help you child prepare for life, as well as being in a team atmosphere, and participate in athletics.

But, let’s not forget if you decide to participate you still must have a school packet filled out, and have a physical before you can play – not only in wrestling, but in basketball too.

If you don’t want to try your hand in wrestling, participate in something while you’re still in school; you don’t want to wait 25 years down the road and say, “I wish I would have participated in athletics while I was still in school.”