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Old 03-02-2008, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Off topic: 13 year old son wants to wrestle?

Please forgive me for the off topic but I would like some opinions from guys like you. I am a father whoes days are long past. HAHA. When I was young the guys that wanted to wrestle for the school didn't start until their freshman year in high school. Nowadays the kids are starting at 5 and 6 years old. Anyway my 13 year old son wants to wrestle next season instead of playing basketball. I was wondering if this is too late in the game to get started. I am comparing the learning curve to a boy not playing baseball until he is 13 when the rest of the boys have been playing travel baseball for 4 years. Don't get me wrong I am excited and I support him but what is the learning curve in wrestling? What is your opinion?

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as a matter of fact is ur son black?
if he is indeed black than imo BB if no imo WRestling
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definetly start him in wrestling as soon as possible. i started in 8th grade and did just fine, placing in my divisional and state tournaments junior and senior year. a lot of kids on my team started when they wee freshman and did well but if he wants to wrestle and likes it make sure he realizes that it is a year long sport and not just during the winter time. the key to success is that after the season ends he needs to weight lift and go to a wrestling camp/school during the summer and fall. what state are you in because i might be able to recommend some good camps for him?
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definetly start him in wrestling as soon as possible. i started in 8th grade and did just fine, placing in my divisional and state tournaments junior and senior year. a lot of kids on my team started when they wee freshman and did well but if he wants to wrestle and likes it make sure he realizes that it is a year long sport and not just during the winter time. the key to success is that after the season ends he needs to weight lift and go to a wrestling camp/school during the summer and fall. what state are you in because i might be able to recommend some good camps for him?
We live in central Illinois and yes I am looking to get him into some wrestling camps this summer. I really appreciate the help and encouragement. Like I said the learning curve was my concern. I felt in my heart that it would be a good thing for him but I wanted to get some opinions.

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the learning curve won't be too bad. for the beginning of his first season he will be very frustrated as he has to wrestle against kids that have been doing it for a lot longer then him. illinois is a very very good wrestling state and there are a lot of good camps around you. here's a link to a good one at northern illinois university... http://www.niuwrestlingcamps.com/ also check out http://www.jrobinsonwrestlingcamps.com/wrestling/. the j rob camp is the best camp in the united states. i wouldn't go for the 28 day camp but they do have 10 and 5 day camps. the only problem about that camp is it's in minneanoplis minnesota and i dont know how far from you that is but going to a camp will help him so much. i went to cornell university in new york with my wrestling team sophomore year and it was a great experience. it helped everybody so much because you get to wrestle kids from many different states and all different skill levels. the sooner you get him into a camp the better because if he does it this summer he will already have a knowledge of the basic moves and will already have some experience so when it comes time for the season he will have less to learn and can get right into the more advanced moves.
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One thing I learned is it is never too late. We had a kid start as a junior in HS and his senior year he went undefeated against some of the state's best. Wrestling is one of those things that some people understand it better than others and can really shine. Worst case scenario he will really get to understand leverage and what it can do for you.
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I didn't start wrestling until my sophomore year of high school. I ended up wrestling off someone who's been wrestling since 5th grade for a weight class and beat him. I got to be district runner up and district champ in back to back years although I couldn't get too far in regionals because my coach shafted me and forced me to wrestle two weight classes above what I should have been wrestling. I think I could have easily made state if I was at my normal weight class because the person I beat in the wrestle off made it.

...Soooooo no!! It's DEFINITELY not too late to start. Wrestling is all about determination and your will to learn. If your son has the will to do it, then by all means start. I have two other friends that started their freshmen year and one got 5th in state and another one got in the top 8 and he's still a junior (this guy was like...85 pounds as a freshman haha).

One thing I want to tell your son is this though. To get him started, please please get him some place that will extensively work on his stance and footwork. My high school coach did not spend a lot of time on stance and footwork and I suffered as a result. I finally learned better stance and footwork at a camp and my game improved by leaps and bounds. So to get started, find a place that will spend some time with the stance!
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as a matter of fact is ur son black?
if he is indeed black than imo BB if no imo WRestling
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