My Son the WrestlerSubmitted by Unknownuser on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 14:28
My Son the Wrestler
My 16 year old son just finished his 2nd year of high school wrestling. I never used to care for the sport. Quite frankly I always thought it was kind of a silly sport but never really paid much attention otherwise.
We moved to a small town 9 years ago from living in the cities. Our move was made to pursue a dream and own a family business outside the hustle and bustle of the crowded city. It was quite a change of pace. Out here, in my county alone we have over 1,200 lakes. Can you guess where I am???
Our small town of 1,100 people is a prideful town. We are a wrestling community and every year when our team takes on the state...we close down the town and all hop on board the bus to support the green and black.
Most kids here have wrestling in their blood. They often have been doing it since they were 3 or 4 years of age. Usually they have older siblings that have made a name here. Quite often their dads and granddads also were wrestlers.
My son started wrestling his freshman year which was quite a challenge being so late in the game. As a mother and first time wrestling parent, it was brutal at times to watch. Sometimes you would even see me at a match with my eyes glossed over...clenching my fists as my son was down on his back in some sort of pretzel hold. It was agonizing yet I was so proud of him! He got his a$$ worked but he never gave up! He looked at each loss as an opportunity to get better.
Now in his second year I can see such a difference in him. His attitude toward life is so different. He has so much drive in him. His grades have improved immensely and he's determined to do better at everything he does.
You see, wrestling is a different kind of sport. You cannot rely on your team to carry you through a match. It's all about you and your dedication to work hard cause in the end it is always the better wrestler who comes out ahead. The sport is about dedication, honor, hard work, perseverance, and commitment.
This summer my son has committed to do the J Robinson 28 day intensive wrestling camp at the U of M. This will be his first time away from home for a long period of time. No girls, no going to the lake, no hanging out with friends, and no mom there to take care of him. It's just him and wrestling for a solid month.
I am so proud of the man my son is becoming. I owe it all to his love for the sport. I recommend parents to encourage your sons to wrestle.
HE STANDS ALONE
What high school sport makes the demands on the individual that amateur wrestling does? When a boy walks onto the mat, he stands alone. No one will run interference, no one will pass him the ball when he is under the net, no one will catch a high fly if he makes a bad pitch. He stands alone. In other high school sports, where individual scores are kept, the contest is determined in time, distance, and height. But in wrestling, the score is kept on a boy's ability to overcome an opponent in a hand to hand contest, where a two second interval at anytime can mean a loss or a win. if an opponent gains an advantage, there will be no help, no substitute; there will be no time out and all can be lost in two seconds. Yes, the boy stands alone.
There is no place on a wrestling team for the show off, the halfhearted, or the weakling. When the whistle blows, a boy puts his ability, his determination, and his courage on the line.
We who are close to the young men on our high school wrestling teams have watched the range of human emotions from elation to heartbreak.
We have seen coaches with tears running down their cheeks as they try to console a young man who has given his all . . yet lost.
Wrestling is a tough, hard sport, a life like, it is the survival of the fittest. The young men who enter and stay with the team know this. They also know that when the time comes and the whistle blows . . .
THEY STAND ALONE!