Wrestling For The First Time This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   This is my first year wrestling and my first year on the team. It has not even been a full week of practice and already I am exhausted and swamped with work. I have also been told by upper classmen that it's been easy so far, and it'll only get harder. I know a lot of that is nonsense, but some of it has to be true.

Even though these practices have been full of gut-wrenching labor, I still think it's fun. I know I have begun building stamina and toning muscles. More than any other sport, wrestling works a variety of muscles. Flexibility, stamina and strength all seem equally important. After only three days, I have already noticed myself doing better in my classes. Right after practice, I start my homework. After finishing, I eat dinner and go to bed. I have time for nothing but school and wrestling.

Practices consist of warm ups: stretches, jumping jacks (about 50), push-ups (around 200), diamonds - another kind of push-up (about 50), arches (held for one to two minutes) and sit-ups (about 200). After 30-45 minutes of warm-ups, we either run for two to three miles or start in on the mats. Here, the freshmen learn the basic moves, consisting of reversals, takedowns and escapes. For additional muscles and joint pain, we've just started working in the weight room with a combination of free weights and machines.

Wrestling is a great sport because it takes a team to win, but when you are in the ring, it's one on one. So far it's been an interesting beginning and it appears that it will only get better. I recommend this sport to anyone who is interested in toned and well-developed

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KityraAnderson said...
Feb. 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm
Oh wow, your practices are tough. We usually don't do that many push-ups in ours, haha, but we have extreme speed trials.
OnDoomsDay said...
Nov. 10, 2010 at 8:30 am
I wrestle down in florida and its true that your first day is hard but wrestling is the easiest/hardest sport out there, once you get your first year over its easy from here on out
aaron A. said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm
OMG this was exactly like my first practice I felt like I wanted to give up but I didnt I stayed in wrestling and I pulled first place at districts and I lost 10 of my season matches and only one 4 but I went up against the biggest and toughest people there were and I won fisrt so thanks for writing this article......
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