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How I Prepare for Saturday Tournaments

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Almost every wrestler has a different set of rituals for weekend tournaments. Mine are pretty straightforward and easy to do, but they cannot be messed up in the slightest way. If my rituals do not go as planned, I won’t be ready to wrestle the next day.

My preparation technically starts the day after the tournament. On Sunday I start my day out with a four mile run around my block because it helps me sweat and lose some of the weight I gained the day before, and  I usually just sleep on Sundays to help lose some weight as well. However; this isn’t the everyday “Sunday after church nap.” I first take an epsom salt bath and then immediately slip into some compression clothes and then sweats and a sweatshirt to help keep in body heat. Then I cover up in about two blankets and go to sleep for a few hours. This helps dry out my skin, and by doing that I lose some more weight. The rest of the day I will spend doing some homework or helping my dad.

Monday is a very tricky situation for me. If there is a dual meet on Tuesday of the next week, then I will not eat a lot on Monday to assure I will be on weight. I might eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the morning and that could be all I eat on that day. If I miss that meal, then I will eat a salad for lunch. If there is not a meet on Tuesday, then I will enjoy a nice breakfast and a decent lunch because I know I can afford to do so.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are all about the same. I will decrease my portions for lunch and especially dinner to help cut weight but still maintaining nutrients. I still wear the same gear to practice everyday and wash them everyday when I get home. I wear two pairs of socks, three pairs of compression pants, two pairs of sweatpants, a compression shirt, two long sleeve shirts, and two sweatshirts. All of these layers are tucked in to one another and I tie the waistband on my sweats really tight to help keep the clothes tucked in.

Friday is the day Coach Burrous makes practice a little easier. Even though it is easier, the team still works hard. We do a little running and body weight lifting as hard as we can go. Then we drill some moves a little bit and proceed to some live wrestling after we complete this we play a game. Our games are high intensity and very physical. This demands a lot out of the wrestlers and lets us get a good sweat going. Once I get home from practice, I take an epsom salt bath and then dress in the clothes I will wear to the meet on Saturday. I will only eat half a pb&j sandwich, a few cuties, and I will drink half a bottle of water or gatorade.

Finally, Saturday rolls around and I barely have any sleep in me because I was so anxious the night before; nevertheless I get in my car and drive to the school. Once I get to the school, I grab my lunch box and my wrestling bag and then head into the school. I walk into the locker room to weigh in and make sure I am on weight. After that I plug my headphones in and start listening to songs that will help me focus for the day ahead. Once the team loads the bus, I fall asleep in the back and rest for the tournament. Finally we arrive and the whole team is ready to weigh in and get the day started. The tournament is over and then my process starts all over again the next day.

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  1. Dixon on December 6th, 2018 10:34 am

    It always good to hear student-athletes prepare for their upcoming competitions. I’m glad you have learned how to lose weight to prepare for your upcoming matches the following week. Great article!

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