One of My Passions | Wrestling

I AM THE OFFENSE
I AM THE DEFENSE
I NEVER SIT THE BENCH
I NEVER TAKE A PLAY OFF
IT’S ALL ON ME
I PRACTICE BECAUSE I AM BLOOD
I AM GUTS
I AM SWEAT & TEARS
I AM WHAT YOU COULD NEVER BE

I AM A WRESTLER

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I LOVE coaching.
I have been coaching in some form or another since I was around 17-years old.
I currently coach high school Wrestling and high school Swimming.

I may be just a little bit biased, but I truly believe that these are two of the hardest sports in high school athletics.

First, not everyone knows how to swim, and there are so many people who are absolutely terrified of even attempting to learn how to swim.  Additionally, swimming is one of those sports where you have to become comfortable with NOT being able to breathe anytime you want to, or NEED to breathe.

However, Wrestlers are a completely different breed of student-athletes.
It takes some real DISCIPLINE & DEDICATION to successfully complete a high school wrestling season.

To begin with, the conditioning that is involved in wrestling is enough to make many student-athletes quit mid-season, if not earlier.  Many student-athletes are, simply, shocked when they decide to “try” wrestling for the first time.

There is no middle ground when it comes to wrestling.
You either embrace & learn to love the Grind, or you hate it with a passion.  Only the dedicated with strong mental fortitude are able to make it to the end of wrestling season, & EARN the right to be recognized as a WRESTLER.

One of the hardest things to embrace when it comes to high school wrestling is the necessity to “make weight“.

Besides the fact that wrestling is based on weight classes, it also happens to be a long season.  Here in Florida, wrestling season usually begins at the end of October or the beginning of November, and goes all the way until the first weekend in March – culminating with the State Championships.

If you look at the season, you will notice that it covers all of the major “eating” holidays.

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah
  • Kwanzaa
  • New Year’s Eve/Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • and, any birthdays in between those months

High school wrestlers have to be disciplined enough to stay on weight & watch what they eat – all while their close family and friends enjoy foods that they, most likely, cannot consume themselves.

These are young boys and girls, between the ages of 14 – 18 (on average), who need to have more discipline and dedication than most adults twice their age.

I hope you enjoy some of the highlights from one of our recent tournaments.

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