World Championships

The World Championships were last week! And they were awesome!

This year, the World Championships were in Nur- Sultan Kazakhstan, and they were held September 14-22nd. This tournament also served as a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (Each country must qualify the six weight classes at a major tournament to then be allowed to wrestle in the Olympics. This World Championship was the first tournament in which weight classes could be qualified for the Olympics.)

There are ten weight classes for each division, and there are three divisions. The divisions are; Men and Women’s freestyle and Men’s Greco. All of the international tournaments wrestle their weights in Kilograms, so in Men’s Freestyle the weight classes are: 57, 61, 65, 70, 74, 79, 86, 92, 97, and 125. For Women’s Freestyle, they are 50, 53, 55, 57, 59, 62, 65, 68, 72, and 76. And last but not least, the Men’s Greco weights are, 55, 60, 63, 67, 72, 77, 82, 87, 97 and 130.

The United States came away with five individual gold medals; three for women’s freestyle and two for men’s freestyle. The US also earned two individual bronze medals; both from men’s freestyle. The US Men and Women’s Freestyle teams placed both also placed third as teams respectively.

For the Women’s Freestyle division, it was the first time in history that three women from the United State have won. Those women were Jacarra Winchester at 55 Kilograms, Tamyra Mensah at 68 Kilograms, and Adeline Gray at 76 Kilograms.

This was Winchester and Mensah’s first time winning the World Championships; an incredible feat. However, this was Adeline Gray’s fifth World Championship Gold.

A FIVE TIME World Champion. Talk about an incredible feat…

Gray is the first woman in US history to win five World titles. She won the World Championships in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019, along with being a 2016 Olympian.

In the Men’s Freestyle division, two men won World titles; Kyle Dake at 79 Kilograms, and J’den Cox at 92 Kilograms. This is the second back to back Gold at the World Championships for both men.

As the World Championships come to a close, many athletes look to future competitions, especially to the Olympics in 2020. Many will be looking to make an Olympic Team at the Olympic Trials Tournament in April of 2020. To make that team, one must win the Olympic Trials Tournament, a difficult task with so many talented wrestlers returning.

Lots of talent returning, lots of World Champs returning. This is going to be a good year!

The Map

For my website, I want it to be simple and clear. I would consider myself a minimalist (sometimes) with an emphasis on cohesiveness. I want it to be easy to navigate, and clear to understand.

I will make specific categories; one for all of my wrestling type posts, one for all of my PUB 101 process posts and assignments.

I also will be adding my Instagram as well to help to interlink my website to my social media. In one of my Communications class we discussed the way that data is interconnected, and how a lot of the time, your email, social media, and other platforms are all connected. We discussed this in this class as well, tagging, adding in links, etc.

I want my viewers to be able to see my website, things from my website wherever they are; Instagram, Facebook, any platform they are on.

My website will be mostly wrestling content, with other PUB 101 assignments intermixed all throughout.

I am very excited to begin this journey, and it’s only the beginning!

Wrestling Meme

With the preseason starting up, practices are getting underway, and that means lots of cardio and drilling. Aka death.

As SFU adds lots of new wrestlers (rookies) on the men and women’s teams, there is a lot of growth to be had from them as they step up to the world of college wrestling!

This meme is actually a picture of one of our female rookies who had a rough first few practices.

Please enjoy…

Real Life Superheroes

During the Final X Tournament this year, all of the Rudis athletes wore Marvel themed singlets. Pretty cool right?

You might be confused at the moment, so here’s a little clarification:

Final X is the last tournament in the series of tournaments that decide the World Team Members for the United States of America. This person will represent the United States at the World Championships at the end of the year. There are ten weight classes for the Men and Women’s Freestyle division, and ten weight classes for Men’s Greco.

Rudis is a wrestling company that sells shoes, gear, and other items that wrestlers would need to do what they do. They often will also create custom singlets, as is true in this case. Their company tagline is “Rudis. The Most Authentic Expression of Wrestling.” Along with selling wrestling gear, the company also sponsors certain athletes as well.

There were a few Rudis athletes who competed at the Final X Tournament, and the company made them singlets to wear as they competed; those singlets were Marvel Superhero themed. Each wrestler wore a singlet designed to look like a different superhero. They got to wear singlets of heroes they admired; there was Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Black Widow and more.

These wrestlers are the best in the United States. So many people look up to them, and see them as heroes. They work hard, have integrity, and motivate people every day. Wrestlers like Kyle Snyder, Kayla Miracle, Sarah Hildebrant and many others.

“The Armor worn by our heroes”. This was the slogan Rudis used during this time, and how true it is.

Our heroes.

These wrestlers that so many people admire and see as heroes were literally dressed as heroes from their childhood. Heroes in the wrestling world represented by heroes in the fictional world. With superhuman strength, and courage as they do what they love.

I think that if the Marvel Avengers were in their positions, they would do the same as the wrestlers do. Work hard, compete at high levels, and motivate people. And I think if they were to meet the wrestlers who wore their singlets, they would be proud of them.

Often times we think of heroes as make-believe, however, there are many all around us daily; in our lives, people we are around all the time, people we work with, people we pass on the street. In my case, they are the people I get to see represent the country I love, while doing the sport I love.

How it all Began

I have been around wrestling since before I can remember. We always used to joke, that for me and my family, it was just a way of life.

My dad wrestled in high school and college for a little bit, and loved it. As the coach of the high school nearby, my dad was always at practice or tournaments, and I can remember going to their practice and sitting on the mat coloring and drawing pictures. The high schoolers my dad coached were like extra brothers who played with me and my siblings, and the coaches were like fun uncles that we loved.

Growing up, we played a lot. My dad would always play wrestle with my brothers and I so when my brothers got older, they wanted to give it a try too! My brothers started wrestling when they got old enough, and they wrestled all throughout middle and high school. As I watched them wrestle, I could see that they really enjoyed it, and one day, I decided that I needed to get in on some of that fun too.

In sixth grade, one day at lunch, I decided to sign up for the wrestling team. I went home and told my mom that I had to be back at school at six o’clock for practice. I still remember my first day of wrestling practice. I had been around it for so long, and it was so fun to be actually doing instead of just watching. Immediately, I was hooked.

My first few years of wrestling were full of new friends, lots of learning, and fun times. I caught on pretty quickly because I had seen so many before me doing these moves, so with a little direction, it came fairly easy.

My first match ever was at the 72 pound weight class. I don’t remember if I won or lost, but I do know that my life would never be the same. I loved my first few years of wrestling, and I look back even today and laugh about the fun we had or the things we did.

As I grew up, I wrestled every year. I soon went to high school, and was so excited to be on the team I had seen compete since I was a little girl. With of course, my dad as the coach.

I accomplished a lot in my four years of high school, and had the best time doing it. I became the most decorated wrestler in my high school’s history as a four-time Master’s Champ, State Champion, National placer, and others.

As high school came to a close, I needed to decide what I wanted to do. I had been wrestling for so long, but the wonderful journey I had had with wrestling, I had had with soccer, and cross country and track. This decision was one of the hardest I had ever had to make.

But, I decided to wrestle.

There is just something about the sport. The people who do it. The things you learn. I couldn’t let it end with high school.

Now here I am. A fourth year at Simon Fraser University. Wrestling, and still loving it. I have added many more accomplishments to my resume including third place at a few National level tournaments, and second place at World Team Trials.

As the Olympic year is upon us, I am a 2020 Olympic Hopeful. My goal is to represent my country in the Olympics and World Championships. There is so much to keep striving for in the years to come.

I was blessed with great coaches and mentors along the way. I have made some of my closest friends through the sport, and I have learned many things I wouldn’t have otherwise. I have had many highs and lows with the sport. The bad times only make the good times sweeter. I am grateful that I have experienced trials and loss through wrestling because it has not only pushed me to be and do better in my sport, but it has taught me that sometimes, that’s just how life is.

When I was younger, I was always the only girl on a boys team. Being the only girl was never tough for me. I had coaches who supported and pushed me, and my teammates were always respectful and made me feel like one of them. I am who I am because of the boys and men I was around growing up. It made me tougher, and I am grateful for that.

Now, I am on a women’s collegiate team. There is something about being surrounded with hardworking, talented women that has me constantly in awe. Here are these high level athletes who are beautiful, smart, brave, and constantly striving to be better. We have the best time, and I love them. I am so grateful for them as well.

Wrestling is a part of me.

It has helped me to grow into the woman I am today.

It motivates me daily.

It has brought me some of my best and most cherished friends.

It pushes me to be the best version of myself, and to give 100% in everything I do.

To me, there is no greater sport, no greater teacher, and no greater journey to be on.

My Website

My website took some time for me to figure out.

So I first needed to do all the logistics behind the website. The plug ins I needed, the settings, etc.

The name was next. I know I wanted to use my nickname instead of my real name because it is way more catchy; the idea of Lolo. Lowdown actually came from my dad. I wanted to have a name that kinda went with Lolo, but still told you what you are getting. You’re getting the lowdown, the info you want, the scoop. After that I focused on the theme I wanted. I am sort of a minimalist, and so I wanted a simple but cohesive theme. I really like the color blue, so I wanted that color to be incorporated too.

Next I waited a little while to brainstorm some more of what I wanted.

The next part was organizing categories for my blog posts to go in to. I needed one for Process Post, one for Blog Posts, and one for Mini Assignments.

And now here I am; I have a few posts to fill my website and categories. I can’t wait for more posts to be posted, and to continue on in this class!

My Stranger Encounter

This week, we were asked to discuss our encounters with talking to a stranger…

I talked with my roommate. This encounter was interesting, because she was a stranger to me, but we will be living with each other. So this stranger, will soon not be a stranger to me. This stranger and I will be seeing each other daily; we will be in close contact with each other for the whole semester.

When we talked, we discussed all of the typical “get to know you” questions and talked about our lives. Our families, pets, all of the important topics. It was good to get to know her and learn more about her. However, it was interesting, when we were done, instead of saying goodbye -for good (as you would most strangers) it was simply a goodbye -see you tomorrow.

This encounter was much different than my online interactions. I was able to notice her facial expressions and her body language. I felt I could really connect with her; much more than I can with people I interact with online. I would say that I prefer face to face communication over online interaction.

All in all, my “stranger roommate” is very nice, and I am very excited to be roommates with her. Thankfully this encounter with a stranger was a good one; especially since I will be living with her for the next four months.