A Committed Team

 

Of all the winter sports available for students to engage in, wrestling is one of the most difficult.

A combination of meticulous technique and anaerobic strength, wrestling can be both tiring and rewarding. For any competitive individual willing to give it a try, success can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

“Wrestling is the one of the hardest contact sports we have and it requires the most out of its participants,” said Justin Lumpkin, a wrestler for the team.

It is believed the mastery of wrestling deals with technique. Valuable moves and craftily applied methods can be the difference between a victory and a loss.

For some wrestlers, their success can be attributed to weight lifting. Although technique is important, some moves can used effectively when strength is applied.

“Most of our time is spent body weightlifting. We won’t have to lift metal, we are going to be lifting people. It’s a lot of body control and head control. The sport is really about being able to manipulate your body and your opponent’s body,” said Sam Campbell, a senior wrestler for the team. “Although we do spend time weightlifting, just because you’re big and bulky doesn’t mean you’re good,”

To keep each match fair, athletes must stay inside a very specific weight class in order to compete.

Proper nourishment, sufficient hydration, and excessive sweating can all affect one’s weight if appropriate steps are not taken. Keeping the same weight is important to competitive wrestlers.

“Staying at such a specific weight is a big challenge, because  i’m overweight and I have to cut eight pounds by next Wednesday. You have to do diets, you can’t eat certain things and you have to sweat a lot,” Lumpkin said.

The wrestling team has a variety of athletes. The team consists of upper classmen, lower classmen, and all those in between. Fresh athletes can be molded into a powerful wrestlers. Although new, they sometimes lack the knowledge that the experienced seniors can possess.

“It is a challenge staying at a certain weight. I don’t get to eat whatever I want, like during football. I start cutting throughout the week, although most people don’t,” said Campbell.