What is it really?
It is such a widely loved sport, and yet it is so different for everyone.
To some, wrestling is a hobby.
To others it is a sport.
And to some a career.
Every year, more and more children sign up to wrestle. (And in the United States, girls wrestling is the fastest growing sport.)
Every team gains new members.
Every tournament gets bigger.
Wrestling is one of those things that sticks with you. There is just something about it. Maybe it’s the fact that it is so raw, and so individual. Everything that happens out there on the mat is you. Every takedown you get, every point you score, and even every point that is scored against you. Every win, every loss, that is all you. No one else.
Your teammates and coaches can only do so much in practice to help to prepare you, but when it comes time, there is no one out there competing alongside you. Its just you out there.
That’s what makes it unlike every other sport.
It was once said by one of the wrestling greats, Dan Gable, “Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” This rings true on so many levels as wrestling can be seen as a metaphor for life.
There are ups and downs, and though you are doing it all by yourself, you have the support of others. However, you have to deal with what happens to you, and you have to get back up when you get knocked down and you have to keep trying.
The characteristics you learn and the habits you form ripple throughout the rest of your life. Hard work, integrity, discipline, courage, camaraderie, and so much more. The memories you make and the relationships you forge last a lifetime.
So what really is wrestling?
It’s so much more than just a sport…
It is a lifestyle.