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10 Things a Wrestling Mom Knows

November 30, 2011

Greco/Freestyle season 2011

My sons wrestle and in honor of David’s first high school duel of the season tomorrow, I am posting some things I have learned over the last 13 years. Most of these focus on sportsmanship and would be applicable in any competitive area of our children’s lives – even our own.

  1. Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. Treat every opponent like he could put you out. Conversely, remember you can eliminate anyone from the tournament.
  2. Win or lose, hold your head up. You are participating in the oldest competitive sport. It is a test of strength, stamina, and speed.
  3. A true sportsman maintains self-control. If you throw your headgear, you will not feel any better, and you will only embarrass your mom.
  4. Don’t quit until you give it a few seasons. Ben Peterson, Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, lost every match the year he started.
  5. If you let it, the sport will give you opportunities to develop more than physical attributes. You will learn mental toughness, personal discipline, and ability to rise above adversity. IF YOU LET IT….
  6. When you enter a bout, your pride is on the line, so fight like it. After a loss, remember, it is only your pride, so swallow hard and don’t act like it is the end of the world. It isn’t.
  7. If you never try a new move in competition, you don’t benefit from knowing it. Challenge yourself to try something new each week.
  8. There is a someone in your corner that has a different perspective. Listen to your coach, after all, they are on your side.
  9. If you learn from your losses, you have gained something more important than a win.
  10. You must score points to win, so get after it!

Good luck this season, David! Use this opportunity to glorify God.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. cheryl Manney permalink
    November 30, 2011 12:34 pm

    Love it!

  2. November 30, 2011 6:27 pm

    Well put!

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