Wrestlers focus on weight, team bond to win
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Between practices, tournaments, and even nap sessions the wrestling team vows to never let each other down.
At least two hours each day is spent warming up, practicing drills, and live wrestling. These boys willingly give up their Saturday’s and after school hours for it. Some of the boys live and breathe wrestling while others use it to pass time between other sports. If the practice is aggressive enough, the boys can lose around eight pounds due to the hard-working drills.
These boys spend a lot of time together and it becomes a regular thing for them to mess with each other. They are commonly found teasing each other in the halls even outside of the season, yet their bond is unbreakable.
“Our senses of humor sort of just align,” Sophomore Rain Forrest says.
Before tournaments, there are times where they all lay in each other’s laps to just be together.
Junior Logan Bennett says that someone named it a “cuddle puddle” years prior to the season even though it’s just one big group nap session.
When asked about it, a smile grows on each of their faces and sometimes even laughter slips.
Weight is one of the biggest struggles to most of the wrestlers. Weight classes are divided by every six to eight pounds. The boys must watch what they eat and stay focused. There is never an easy option to change their weight classes.
“If I watch what I eat or not eat at all, I could float five pounds easy,” Sophomore Soli Harris said while devouring granola bar after granola bar.
They will sometimes have to lose multiple pounds right before a meet but it’s easier than you would think. Some of the boys will layer heavy clothing and run laps in the wrestling room, which is said to be 90 degrees, to sweat off their water weight.
Hydration is one of the most important things in preparation for wrestling according to senior Josue Cordero. Although majority of the weight lost per practice is water weight, consumption of water is very important for plenty of things like performance reasons.
Wrestling as a whole can be underestimated. “Mental toughness is the game,” Sophomore Tanner Holt said. Being physically capable to wrestle is one thing, as anyone could attempt to pull off a “double leg takedown,” but not everyone is mentally strong enough to play.
“It’s intense. It’s what makes us stronger,” said Senior Ben Thomsen.
The coaches are here for the same reason as the boys; to learn and grow. They are pushing the boys each day to become stronger and better at the game.