For High School wrestlers it’s State Tournament time! Most states have their tournament scheduled for the last weekend in February, or the first two weekends in March.

This time of year, teams are involved in District, Sub-Regionals, and Regional Tournaments. Usually, to qualify for the State Tournament, a wrestler must finish in at least one of the top four places in each of these qualifying tournaments. The two or three weekend tournaments leading up to state are a “grind” to say the least.

So, believe it or not, social life is on the back burner for a few weeks. A dedicated wrestler’s life is all about Sacrifice, Intensity, and Focus. Champions are made, not born, and consistent winners know that becoming a champion demands the best that they can give. The right food, plenty of rest, and social companions who have similar goals become a daily mantra.

Isn’t it interesting that learning to deal with the pressure of “one on one” competition is one of the most valuable life lessons a person can learn? Service academies such as West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force academy all look for a wrestling background in their candidates’ applications. These academies know that wrestling winners usually make terrific officers, because they know that a successful wrestler has learned how to deal with high pressure. And after all, that’s what life is all about…dealing with pressure!