That was an all too common practice in the 70's. I hope it is not still today! I'm glad for you that your dad knew better.The coach said "Run in a water proof windbreaker. And don't drink water. It will just make you gain weight."
That was an all too common practice in the 70's. I hope it is not still today! I'm glad for you that your dad knew better.
I grew up around wrestling. My dad was a Professional Wrestler in the Golden Era. (50's and 60's). I stood ringside as a kid, and took the garments and props from the wrestlers and returned them to the dressing rooms.
During my sixth grade year (elementary school), I had a two older brothers in wrestling so I got to practice with the High School team. By seventh grade, I was the only kid on the Jr. High team who knew what he was doing. I improved each year, and by 9th grade (top of our Jr. High back then) I held many records for the season (most takedowns, most reversals, most near-falls, most wins, most pins, and most quickest pin - 1min 14 sec.). I was also voted the most valuable wrestler that year.
Then, I went to High School. The seniors were good, and I got slammed all over the mat in practice. I was on J.V. for almost half of the year, then the senior who was in the Varsity spot moved up a weight class. I had to challenge another senior for Varsity and I won the spot. I got my Varsity Letter as a 10th grader (which was not common for us in those days), and earned Varsity in 11th and 12th grade.
My later wrestling record did not go as good as I had hoped because of a couple of injuries (a knee popped out of joint once, and a broken nose). Also, by 10th grade, my interests had turned more to Taekwondo. In between seasons one year, I competed in a "Free-Style" wrestling tournament which was interesting. Adults and guys with beards were wrestling in singlets and doing pretty good.
Our wrestling coach would always say:
"For every move, there's a counter, and for every counter, there's a counter."
"The best way to get out of any hold...... is to not get into it in the first place!"
"The best body for a wrestler is an upper body like Mr. Universe, and legs like toothpicks."
(Cheers to coach Kruise)
CM D.J. Eisenhart
I'm not going to share a story, only a gripe.
Here in the deep southern U.S., high school/college wrestling is not popular and rarely offered. I never had the opportunity in high school to train in wrestling. I started martial arts in 10th grade (1991), but had to wait until about 1997 to start developing my ground game.