I spent 5 hours within the health club at Adams Central final Saturday protecting the Dukes within the Central Convention Wrestling Event. What these 5 hours did, amongst different issues, was to substantiate the very fact I should not have the braveness for this sport. By no means did.
I, by means of rationalization, require teammates responsible. “If they’d simply bought the ball inside to me” or “if the dadgum quarterback had seen me crossing the center on that cross route.”
You don’t get that with wrestling the place it’s hero or zero all by your self each time you step on the market beneath the lights.
In Sixties Genoa there was no wrestling, thus I used to be spared having to confess my inferiority. However I see it now. No probability did I’ve the coaching self-discipline, athleticism or coachability for wrestling. However I certain do respect the youngsters who do, their dedication to the game is apparent for all to see.
Final week the Dukes received 4 particular person championships, had a bunch extra medal and took third as a group. By this time of the season, I promise all of them – the whole thing of ‘em – are battered and bruised. That is strolling wounded time of yr as accidents nice and small construct one upon the opposite. Again-up youngsters are not any completely different, they only take their pummeling day by day from teammates within the room.
I depend it a miracle the youngsters are even wrestling this yr for one cause. That cause is COVID. Discuss shut contact? Oh, my, this sport has it. The colleges, coaches, wrestlers and households are to be applauded for working collectively to maintain these brave younger warriors on the mat.