Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Best!

Well my youngest won the state freestyle tournament, was expected to take 3rd but Pinned his opponent with 1minute left to become the state champion and go on to the National's, you can tell by the expression from the 2nd place kid he was not happy... also my middle son 13 yr old Casey won the state championship but it was easy for him he's 6'1 220lbs and very aggressive

Great Dave! Congrats to your boy!Sounds like you got some grapplers on your hands.
Thanks Leo, we sure have come a long way since MATC.
Congratulations! Good sport. It's considered superior to boxing in terms of self defense.

I was 18-2 my senior year in high school in Southern Ohio. The guy who won my sectional (in which I was seeded 2nd) was a dude I had pinned earlier in the season. But a back injury and flu killed my state dream. :-(

However, I did go on to wrestle varsity for a small Indiana college -- Taylor University in Upland, Ind., whose team consistently finished in the top 10 in the nation, NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, in those days comparable with NCAA Div. III and II). Bad luck again, my coach/mentor (Tom Jarman, two-time NCAA champion from Wheaton College) who recruited me left Taylor during my freshman year to be Northwestern U.'s wrestling coach. So, I finally hung up my singlet and headgear after my sophomore year, but not before pinning a former high school teammate using a double chicken wing to claim a trophy in an NAIA district tournament!
Chronicler, congrats that is very cool, thanks for sharing.
any advice to give to a dad from your perspective as an athlete, i never wrestled, I can only tell my kids not to give up until it's over, listen & respect your coaches, and smile, i will always welcome them with a hug...even my teenager
My advice would be: Never succumb to the weight-loss mentality that some coaches try to foist on their troops to fill slots on the roster. The best wrestler will eat a healthy diet and never starve himself but rather maintain a rigorous workout regimen to maintain conditioning and also burn off any fat. Then, fill whatever weight class. If a superior teammate already 'owns' the class, fine; you'll become a better wrestler as you compete for the slot.

A man who exemplified this philosophy was Dan Gable, the Iowa legend who shattered Soviet domination of wrestling at the 1972 Munich Olympics. This was demoralizing to the Communists' superiority complex, much the way Bobby Fischer wrested away the Soviets' chess supremacy that same year in Iceland. The capitalist Free World dramatically proved in 1972 that the cream really does rise to the top, by sheer will power, a winner's attitude and merit alone.

Gable ate anything he wanted, but he exercised so thoroughly that he was simply unstoppable, and he tore through his Munich opponents like a lion and became an icon for Americans (like Fischer did) during those dark days of the Cold War.

Gable was 118-1 in his college career at Iowa State University, his one loss coming in his final college match. The victor was Larry Owings of the University of Washington, who dropped TWO weight classes just so he could challenge the legendary Gable. It was a huge psych job that worked. Sports Illustrated covered the exciting match, which was decided by a few points. Gable later thrashed Owings at the Olympic trials.

I met Gable in the summer of 1978 when I attended a wrestling camp at Iowa University, where Gable had become coach and nearly tied John Wooden's record for 10 consecutive NCAA titles. He was incredibly fit. He was not involved in my camp, but devoted that summer to training All American Chris Campbell for an upcoming World competition. Campbell, a huge sinewy black man, was one of my camp's coaches, a very strict disciplinarian, and though he had a good 20 pounds on the older Gable, he could never take him down.

One time, as we high school kids watched Gable and Campbell go at it, Gable decided to teach everybody a lesson: He called for a volunteer, and I ended up as the dummy. Gable "threw in the legs" and then I received a simultaneous cross-face from the opposite direction. My body suddenly felt like a car chassis that had suffered extreme trauma in some sort of high speed collision on the highway. The body just isn't supposed to bend that way. Gable was barely exerting, lecturing to the kids, while I was in serious pain. He demonstrated an amazing power through his knowledge and understanding of technique.

And, that is my second piece of advice: LEARN the techniques. A little bit of leverage can go a long way. But this takes much study and practice. A good wrestler is a very scholarly person.
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