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Wrestling Takes More than Mere Muscle Memory, It Takes Mental Strength

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Two wrestlers shaking hands at a tournament on Maui. Photo by Angelika Ramos.

Two wrestlers shaking hands at a tournament on Maui. Photo by Angelika Ramos.

Two wrestlers shaking hands at a tournament on Maui. Photo by Angelika Ramos.

Angelika Ramos, Reporter

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  Wrestling represents one of the oldest forms of combat. This sport is very competitive and entertaining. Placed first in ancient Greece, wrestling held a major league in the Olympic games and became a sport for all to enjoy. From physical to mental strength, wrestling has a lot to offer; the students in wrestling practice everyday after school from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. They usually do pinning and takedown drills to help prepare them for their next tournament.

Noah Sajor, a senior and wrestler for six years, said, “The advantage about being a wrestler is that you stay fit and healthy and you keep a good mindset.” Sajor and his teammates are preparing for a tournament in Maui.

Two wrestler’s competing at a tournament on Maui. Photo by Angelika Ramos.

Wrestlers work hard; they practice everyday and go to a tournaments every Saturday. They not only prioritize Wrestling, but also their grades. They mustn’t fail any classes because they have to complete grade checks.

Brianna Rivera, a junior and a two year wrestler, said, “In order to handle this sport you have to have a strong mindset. One thing that made me join wrestling was that I just wanted to lose some weight and just be physically stronger.”

They practice different techniques, run, and spare with each other. Dylan-Jay Ignacio, a senior and a wrestler for three years said, “You can get in shape; it makes you stronger and teaches discipline.”

This sport is not only about practicing techniques and tackling each other but also about keeping a strict nutrition regime to stay within a weight class. Wrestlers gain a healthy lifestyle and improve from their strict discipline. Practicing proper nutrition, but balancing calories out is a way to cut weight. Having a strict diet means staying away from fats and fast food to match their weight class for their tournaments every Saturday.

During tournaments, wrestlers are placed on a mat. The tension can be intimidating but that is also why mental strength is important for wrestlers because this sport is all about winning, losing, and being able to handle both.

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