ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

High School Wrestling: Building Champions

Updated on April 21, 2015

The Sport of Champions

We all know that the sport of wrestling dates back to the Roman's and their constant need for brutality and bloodshed in the arena. It was their movie theater; their opera house. Citizens would gather from all over the city to cheer on their favorite gladiator as they displayed their feats of manliness by pummeling each other until someone was subdued, gave up, or worse.

The sport of wrestling in recent times has taken a much less barbaric role, but is still seeded in the finesse and strength attributes that it took many years ago in order to conquor your adversary. Although the efforts in an individual match seem to draw one's attention to the individual and the skill that they produce, the sport of high school wrestling is very much a team sport. Students are forced to grow and improve by being better than they were the day before in the wrestling room or suffer the beating that the other students are more than willing to deal out. This is where the camaraderie between wrestlers begins to take place. After practice private lessons at houses start to occur when a wrestler is in need of special attention in one area of the sport.Teammates begin to help by offering their skill sets and physical bodies for demonstrations and live wrestling sessions.

There is no sport like high school wrestling. No sport requires that an individual knows the absolute breaking point of their bodies, physical and mental limitations and tests self-discipline like wrestling will do. Intense practice sessions under sweat suits and jackets, teammates pushing you to new levels every single day and crash diets prior to making weight for the big matches against rival schools.

I can remember thinking that an ice cube had never tasted so good. It had been almost three days without food and two without any water intake when I lifted my head from my desk in sixth period Spanish class. All of the other students had already left the classroom, but that obnoxious bell that usually scared us if we weren't watching the clock didn't even stir me from my depleted state of stupor. My teacher was looking at me and began to ask if I was all right. Quickly grabbing my book to avoid further questioning I said "yep!" and hauled ass throught the peach colored door. I knew that in just a few short hours I was going to be able to eat some Hawaiian sweet rolls, half of a Publix sub and the coveted purple gatorade (Fierce Grape) that had me salivating at the though (which was good because at this point I was 0.2 lbs. overweight and I was able to spit).

At 5'6" and 147 lbs. the day prior, I was going to weigh in that night at 135 lbs. The problem was that for someone that was already 7% bodyfat, I was literally depleting everything that my body needed in order to function. Wrestling was where I first tried "dip" or chewing tobacco to lose those few extra points off of a pound an hour before weigh-ins. Lucky for me it only took me 8 years to quit! It's funny the things we remember as we grow older. I can't name one important date, but if you asked me to remember the way that sandwich and gatorade tasted together that day after weigh-ins, I could bring that up in an instant.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Johne517 

      3 years ago

      I value the post.Thanks Again. Awesome. bgaebaaedbke

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)