wrestlerdude's log II
Alright this is my new log because I will be starting a new season very shortly. This year I have bigger goals so I will have to be more dedicated. Right now I'm weighing about 180lbs and I'm going to wrestle 171 at least for most of the season. I didn't have to cut last season seeing as I was wrestling up but summer, a shoulder injury, and not being able to exercise has been hard on me. I'm new to cutting and already I can tells its not going to be easy. I have about a month or so to loose 9 pounds so its not going to be easy.
Weight: 180 > wrestling 171
[UPDATE] 168 > wrestling 160
Years Wrestling: 2
* Get down to 171
* Make it to state
* Hone my Takedowns [especially for MMA after HS]
* Place at Greco State [never did greco but a kid I destroyed got 4th]
* Get better on bottom
* Become an overall better wrestler
Alright last yea went extremely well I went 15-5 but I know I had more losses our record keepers weren't that great lol. I held most pins on jv and I had three or four varsity wins. Last year I was beating a kid at league who ended up placing before I got pinned so this year I'm confident I can at least make it to regionals.
wrestlerdude's log II
Restoring the thread
coaches and style
It’s funny how much your coaches influence your all around skills and styles. Long before I started wrestling for my high school I trained with a very good Armenian freestyle that was very throw oriented. So naturally throws were my game and my main weapon of attack. Now today its interesting to see how much my skills and style has changed.
One major thing I noticed is that people are influenced by the ones around them.
An example of this is in my three positions in wrestling neutral, top, and bottom. One of much coach is very focused on heavy hands beating there head and neck to set up shots, angles, etc from the neutral position.
From him I have grown to favor that head beating style to set up my shots. Also while its been about a year since I trained with my freestyle coach, I still have a love for throws though I may not use them much there still in my bags of tricks.
Then there’s my head coach who has helped me work heavy on top with things like to spiral rides and moves off the 2 on 1. I actually like top now I used to be pretty sloppy but now I’m working tilt and a lot of other fun stuff.
I’ve been looking around and its pretty wicked to see how much the newbie’s have progressed under the guidance of my coaches. I’m seeing kids who were only two weeks ago flopping around like beached whales now working complex pinning combination and getting a better overall grasp of wrestling.
Its easy to see how important it is to have good experienced coaches who genuinely care about you and your progress. You need someone there to push you and motivate you to go 120% all the time.
Lastly there’s bottom position which is undoubtedly my worst position.
I feel like while everything else in my game has progressed, bottom is the one area that I seem to struggle with. Good news though I found some moves that worked well for me. And strangely I learned them from are lightweight coach.
I may be on the bigger end of the scale (weighing 177 right now) I’m favoring the more fluid sit out rolls style over the hard charging stand up style.
So I mean I just have to find what works for me because that’s all that really matters. Oh and I pretty much have my varsity spot locked up this year. The kids who’ll challenge don’t pose that much of a threat so things are looking up.
Alright my season is finally over and I'm happy to say I have mt a lot of my goals. One thing that is surprising was that I managed to loose 15 pounds which enabled me to wrestle 160 this season. Last year I was not able to make it out of league but this year I made it to regionals before being eliminated.
Which I'm proud of because I'm one step closer to reaching my goal of making it to state. But actually after talking to a former state champion of ours who graduated last year I have decided to change my goal. Now instead of making it to state my goals to make it to the second day of state. The reasoning behind this I don't want to make it to state and then be like “I've reached my goals, this is enough”. No I have to aim higher, and realistically being a state champion is something I will give my all towards becoming, it isn't realistic. Next year will only be my third year wrestling.
If I can make it to the second day of state it I will prove to myself I'm not only be able to be among the best, its in my ability's to beat them. Also next year I'm going to try to bulk up so I can wrestle 189. And to do this I have recently ordered Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength. I don't know much about weight lifting so this seems like a good program for me. The crazy thing is I will have to be eating 3000 – 4000 calories a day. That is a butt load,
Anyways I got a week or two before post season, and I'm really looking forward to learning more about freestyle/greco. Should be fun getting thrown on my head.
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