Top Ten Reasons to Wrestle

October 16, 2013 in Health and Recreation, Youth & Education by 802eureka

Wrestling can be a great sport for all ages, strengths, and abilities. It offers tons of benefits for students- from the well trained athlete looking to increase strength and stamina between seasons, to the smallest Kindergartener looking to burn excess energy. Some even claim it is one of the best sports for kids struggling with ADHD.

As the Springfield Wrestling team is offering a few open practice sessions starting this week,  we thought it would be a good time to talk about the Top Ten Reasons to Wrestle.

wrestling tournament Springfield

Springfield tournament at Riverside

#10. It’s good for you!

Wrestling builds stamina and strength, utilizing all the body’s muscles during practice and competitions. Your brain and self-esteem benefit, as well.

Personal discipline is important- wrestling helps you find your limits and push them a little more every practice. You’ll get to know your body and be surprised at what it can do.

As you become stronger and faster, your self-respect increases.  As you learn that you aren’t infallible, that you can get taken down and get back up again, your humility will deepen.

Girls who wrestle hold their heads higher, walk a little taller, and tend to have very healthy self-images — they are comfortable in their own skins and like who they are and what they are capable of.

#9. It is highly regulated.

Every move is monitored. While wrestling is about physically dominating your opponent until his shoulders touch the mat, moves that could seriously injure a participant are banned and penalized. Referees and coaches watch matches closely for any violations.

Learning the holds, how to escape, maneuver, and even fall, in addition to stretching, makes you a better wrestler, and helps protect you. There is also special gear, such as nonslip shoes, headgear, and even hair coverings, that offer extra protection.

#8. It is strategic.
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Wrestling- Girls Can Rule!

It takes time to learn, much less master, all the moves. But even the most basic moves, executed well, can lead to a win.

Coaches help you learn the physics and sense behind every move and hold so you understand why your body needs to move in this or that fashion. The more you practice, the more each maneuver becomes second nature so your muscles will react more automatically during challenges. These are the elements to becoming a champion.

#7. It’s natural!

Kids love to wrestle. It feels great to stretch, exercise, and challenge yourself, even as you spar with a partner or step on a tournament mat. Trying to out-maneuver your opponents is a bit like a puzzle, in really fast-time. That mental stimulation is something people naturally crave.

#6. It’s great conditioning for other sports!

The planned stances and overall toning help with balance and to lessen awkwardness. Added arm strength can help baseball players, while runners benefit from the trim and pliable muscles developed. Wrestling helps develop reflexes and strength against opponents – a real advantage for football players.
The fact is, all athletes benefit from the increased stamina and mental discipline gained from wrestling.

 #5. It’s fair!

Kids are matched by age and weight. Even the smallest child has a chance to win because they are not expected to compete against significantly larger opponents. Also, matches are closely monitored and refereed. There is a ref on the mat and coaches in each corner for every match. All are intently watching only the two wrestlers. Although every call isn’t always agreeable, wrestling is one of the fairest sports around.  Unsportsmanlike conduct is frowned upon and even penalized at higher levels of competition.

#4. It is never boring!

There is constant movement at practice and at tournaments, on the mats and on the sidelines. Wrestling is fast-paced to watch, but even more exciting to DO!  Wrestler are always thinking through a dozen different maneuvers in response to every move made by his or her opponent. You must constantly adjust to the other wrestler’s position and momentum, planning three steps ahead to get into the right position for a win!

#3. It’s all about you

Wrestlers compete one on one. No one is left on the sidelines. Whatever happens is up to you — you control your movements and reactions. The people cheering in the bleachers? All for you. The coaches on the mat? There for you.  Win or lose, each wrestler earns the medal or learns the lessons on the mat. Wrestling breaks blame: there is no “losing because one player on my team didn’t try,” or “winning because one player on my team carried the rest.”  Each wrestler is accountable to him or herself for losses as well as for wins.

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Team fundraiser

#2. Well, it’s all about you… and the team

Springfield has a strong base of participant, parent, and community support. Coaches and team managers volunteer a lot time to provide an excellent experience for every member of the team. Although competition is on an individual basis, wrestlers train together as a team. They travel to tournaments as a team. Wins are shared excitement and losses are shared opportunities for learning. Whether it’s rolling up the mats, raising funds, traveling to Ohio in a van for nationals, or just gathering a few times a week at the gym, it is all done as a team.

#1. It’s fun!

As with most recreational sports, wrestling is fun- all that rolling and twisting; trying to outmaneuver and outsmart your opponent.

Plus, absolutely ANYONE can do it: boys and girls of any size, age, shape, and physical condition.  Wrestling is demanding but flexible — speed and agility, coupled with determination and stamina, are more important than brute force or sheer strength.This diversity of ability & personalities- individualism in a team environment, make for an exciting and good time.

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Coach Floyd

Check out the Springfield Wrestling Team Facebook page for more information. Join one (or all) of the 5 open practices on Wednesdays and Fridays starting October 16th. Meet at Park Street gym at 5:30 for an hour of low-key informal practice- meet some of the coaches and team members and have fun! (Oct 16, 18, 23, 24, 30)

 

Contributed by Kelly Stettner and Jennifer Austin