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:
On our very first tournament, we were coached by two of our friends on the boy’s JV team. It felt like we weren’t important enough to even have a coach in our corner. The next week we were asked to clean the boy’s mats because the “girls had to do it.” I had no problem doing so, but it felt wrong. We couldn’t even have a practice without being looked at disgustingly and we had to help clean. I wanted to quit so bad because I didn’t feel welcomed. Just fighting to be on the team, was mentally and emotionally draining.