She Stands Alone

February 3, 2012
What sports make the demands on the individual that amateur wrestling does? When a girl walks on the mat, she stands alone. No one will run interference; no one will pass her the ball when she is under the net, no one will catch a high fly if she makes a bad pitch. She stands alone. In other sports, where individual scores are kept, the contest is determined in time, distance and height. But in wrestling the score is kept on a girl's ability to overcome an opponent in a hand to hand contest, where a two second interval at anytime can mean a loss or a win. If an opponent gains an advantage, there will be no help, no substitute; there will be no time out and all can be lost in two seconds. Yes, the girl stands alone.

There is no place on a wrestling team for the show off, the halfhearted, or the weakling. When he whistle blows, a girl puts her ability, her determination, and her courage on the line.

We who are close to the young women n our wrestling teams have watched the range of human emotions from elation to heartbreak.

We have seen coaches with tears running down their cheeks as they try to console a young women who has given her all.... yet lost.

Wrestling is a tough hard sport, a life like experience; it is the survival of the fittest. The young women who enter and stay with the team know this. They also know that when the time comes and the whistle blow.


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