Many wrestlers come to a plateau after just reaching their peak. They don’t get shots anymore. They can’t lose weight anymore. They get nervous. With just a few changes and a positive outlook, these problems won’t occur. Here is what works for me.
If you want to be a better wrestler, you must learn how to benefit from every practice. Going through the repetition of a practice is impactful. Then, use the information you have learned from practice because it will be game-changing for your wrestling career. Asking coaches specific questions on moves will further your thinking and give you a new perspective. It may seem embarrassing to get help at practice, but it’s only making you better. Lastly, journaling what you have learned after practice gives you the option to never forget that skill. This may mean doing more, but you’re a wrestler. Wrestlers do more, we work for what we want.
If you want to be the best wrestler you can, you will want to improve the most that you can. This takes time, dedication, and a mindset that is always ready for growth. You need to be willing to do what others won’t. This differentiates you and your opponent, who puts in the work? If you are willing to put in work outside of school practices, here’s some tips:
My father took me to compete in tournaments very often as a little kid. Usually I would beat all the boys and stand on top of the podium. Winning made me proud and I always smiled with my CrAzY socks on.
Soon after that I was on my small high school’s wrestling team. Being a wrestler in a school that’s all about basketball wasn’t easy. The team got smaller and smaller. Some days I would walk into the practice room and have to wrestle someone many weight classes above me. That’s all we had.