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What my sport taught me: ESPY Award winner and wrestling champion Anthony Robles
  1. NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler – A Wrestler From The Start
  2. Here's what high school wrestlers put themselves through for those medals — and why
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  5. High School Wrestling Season: Breaking Up the Grind

If you hit them with extremely difficult practices during the first week, several may not show up for the second week.

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The focus should be on teaching fundamental technique and developing a conditioning base. Of course, you want to have your team prepared for the first competition, but the odds are that you will have a group of core returning starters that are already doing the extra things to make themselves better. This may include coming in for morning runs or getting extra workouts in the evenings. When the season begins in full, a typical week usually involves one or two dual meets a week and a one-day or two-day tournament on the weekend. This means that the athletes will often need to make their weight class three to four times a week.

Some wrestlers think that the best way to lose weight is to load up with as many layers of clothing as they can the day before a meet and sweat off several pounds.

Here's what high school wrestlers put themselves through for those medals — and why

This is a myth that can lead to unhealthy dehydration. The best way to make weight consistently is to maintain a healthy diet of regular, low calorie meals and work out multiple times a day. On the morning of an afternoon weigh-in, we hold optional practices. Sundays are also our regular off days because they often follow a grueling tournament, but we do often hold optional open gyms in the afternoon for wrestlers who want to get a strength or conditioning workout in.

Coaches can do several things to break up the grind of a four-month season. Days off are important, both for physical recuperation and a mental break. We do hold Sunday afternoon workouts for the first two months, but we taper those back for the last two months. High school wrestling season also falls during Thanksgiving and Christmas in most states, which can cause many wrestlers to increase their weight, but I think those holidays are important for students to spend with their families, so I try not to schedule anything too close to those dates. The wrestlers can have some time off and not worry about getting back down to their weight right away.

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Another way to break up the grind is to vary the practices. We also only play country western music to warm-up on Wednesdays while the other days are dominated by hard rock. We also do a tumbling and gymnastics routine for warm-ups on Wednesday to increase our balance, flexibility and agility. The sprints are timed, so they help each individual monitor their conditioning progression.

Some practices we focus more on technique, others we do more live wrestling, plus we mix in film and strategy sessions. We encourage the wrestlers to attack the stairs like they would an opponent and not let them break you mentally.

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Wrestlers need to eat, but they need to eat the right things. They must come to hate the high-calorie killers like cake and ice cream and learn to love yogurt, fish and vegetables. They should be repulsed by soda pop and enamored by skim milk. During our open gyms on Sundays, we usually play no contact ultimate football in the big gymnasium. During pre-practice, the captains run some of the same wrestling-based games that we do with our elementary wrestlers like human chess, sharks and minnows, sumo wrestling, and one-legged pin ball. We have jump rope and strength training routines. We do yoga and plyometrics.

On one side of the dividing wall there is a weathered weight room. On the other is a dimly lighted, carpeted office space with a full-size wrestling ring set incongruously in the middle of it. In the ring, a half dozen or so husky young men are taking turns flinging themselves against the ropes and flying back to the center of the ring, only to be knocked down viciously with a forearm across the chest applied by another big man, or maybe an over-the-shoulder flip.

Twenty or 30 times in a row the knocked-down man gets up, flings himself against the ropes again and once more is hurled to the canvas, landing on the flat of his back and shoulders with a sound that makes a spectator shudder, the thud and rumble of a sandbag being dropped on a tin roof. A broad-beamed year-old with the meaty features of a farmhand, curly blond hair and a soft, low, gravelly voice, Mr. Race is sitting down and puffing on cigarette after cigarette. Blue smoke hangs in the air.

Race is a legend in professional wrestling, that peculiarly enduring form of entertainment that melds sport with carnival and theater with brutality. A former world champion whose career spanned nearly four decades, he tangled with wrestling greats from Bruno Sammartino and Haystack Calhoun to Jesse Ventura and Hulk Hogan "He didn't know a wristlock from a wristwatch," Mr.

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Race said of Mr. Hogan, "but he was the most charismatic person ever in this business" , and in he became the first man to body slam Andre the Giant, who at the times was said to have weighed more than pounds. Now, in addition to his school, Mr. Race has created, in effect, a minor league of professional wrestling. He administers his circuit, known as World League Wrestling, out of Eldon, towing a portable wrestling ring in a trailer behind his pickup some 60 times annually to other small towns in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Illinois.

And though other wrestling schools and wrestling circuits exist, few are reputable even within a wrestling universe of dubious reputation, and none carry the imprimatur of tradition that Mr. Race's does.

Isaak wrestles under the name Dakota; his trademark costume is a straw hat and overalls, and he is known for competing barefoot. Race is trying to infuse the current wrestling environment with his old-style values, taking aspirants who have been inspired by the glitz they see on television and giving them a foundation in the fundamentals of the enterprise. That means, as one graduate put it, learning how "to inflict pain without injury. It also means learning how to create a character and tell a story in the hyperbolic physical language of the ring.

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Race said. Or as Brandon Buchmeier, 29, a wrestler from South Dakota, refers to the craft, "a masochistic ballet. Though he did not retire from the ring until a decade ago, Mr. Race is a throwback, hailing from an era when wrestlers earned their sequins with legitimate wrestling skills and pure toughness more than the force of their personalities. After his retirement, Mr. Race and his wife, B. So he started the school and began promoting wrestling events, mostly in support of local charities.

High School Wrestling Season: Breaking Up the Grind

It has made him especially welcome in Eldon, where residents initially looked with skepticism upon the idea of a flock of law-defying beefy wrestlers roaming the quiet streets. But they love it now. The wrestlers, it turns out, are friendly, quiet neighbors and good citizens, and Mr. Race is almost entirely responsible for, among other things, buying the equipment for the Little League.