Cutting Weight

Cutting Weight

In wrestling, cutting weight is very common and part of being successful. It allows wrestlers to get their bodies to their full potential and ensure that they are strong and well built for their weight classes. While many people are concerned about the safety of cutting weight, when done correctly this practice can be very beneficial and help a wrestler have success.

Samuel Miller has plenty of experience cutting weight. Last season he had to cut 17 pounds in a week to make it to the 113 pound weight class. He admits that the experience was not fun, but that it was beneficial. “It was worth it because I wouldn’t have placed as high in other weight classes. Cutting weight is definitely necessary to succeed in wrestling.” Samuel’s go to products when he is cutting include carbonated water and plenty of protein.  “A typical meal would be a plate of sausage and a glass of carbonated water.” I definitely agree with Samuel’s idea about carbonated water. The carbonation fills an individual up and keeps you satisfied for a long time.

Cayl Garland also lost 17 pounds in an effort to make it to 182 pounds this year. Looking back on it, Cayl thinks it was worthwhile. “I think it was worth it because now I don’t really have to worry about guys being bigger or stronger than me. I also think I am doing better at 182 than I would at 195. If you are a good wrestler and have fat to lose, then it is good for a wrestler to do.” When cutting, Cayl sticks to yogurt, fruit, and water to shed the pounds. 

I recently had to cut weight for the first time. I currently am in the process of cutting about 9 pounds in 4 days, and it’s not fun but it will ensure that I wrestle to the best of my ability on Thursday against Northwestern. If I were to wrestle 126 or 132, I would be fairly weak for those weight classes. However, at 120 I will be tall and strong making this weight loss a necessity. For me, my favorite meal when cutting weight is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Many people would consider this high calorie meal a faux pas when trying to lose weight. However, I have learned that when it comes to making weight for wrestling, it is more about the overall weight of what a person consume rather than its’ caloric value. A PB and J only weighs about two tenths of a pound, and the fat and protein in the peanut butter keep me feeling full and satisfied for hours on end. In my opinion, it is a weight cutters’ most valuable tool.

You might be asking yourself what happens when a wrestler does not eat properly and does not cut weight. Either a wrestler will be competing against a competitor who is leaner and stronger than he is, or in the worst possible scenario he might possibly miss weight. This is what happened to foreign exchange student Alfonso Carrilo at the Hoosier Conference meet this past Saturday. He was supposed to wrestle at the 170 pound weight class but ended up weighing in at 172.7. 

“The night before I ate two plates of pasta. I felt really guilty because I let the team down. It’s a team effort.” Alfonso tried hard to make weight, sprinting for almost an hour in his winter coat but unfortunately missed weight and did not get to wrestle. He now knows more about making weight and says he will not make that mistake again.

I believe that cutting weight has been and will always be a key to success in wrestling. When done properly and safely, it teaches children discipline and aids in allowing a wrestler to be successful and victorious in the oldest and most difficult sport known to man. 

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