Hard work

tyler - loomis, California
Entered on September 12, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: work
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I believe in hard work and doing your best to achieve your goals. In my opinion wrestling is the best sport today and requires the most skill to do well. I started wrestling when I was five years old and continued until I was seven. Once I got into middle school I decided to wrestle again.

In seventh Grade and eighth grade my dad came to every match we had. I did alright my seventh grade year and placed fifth at regional in eight Grade. It wasn’t enough to go on to the next tournament but to me it was awesome. After eight Grade I was excited to start wrestling for Del Oro, but I never knew how tough the difference was between high school and middle school was.

Although it is not the most popular sport in school it is one of the hardest, and it is my favorite. It allows you to test yourself on many different levels, and makes other things in life, like working, a little easier. “Once you have Wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” –Dan Gable, 3x NCAA champion, Olympic gold medal winner

It also gives you a different outlook, and a strong work ethic witch is very important today.

You may have heard people say that wrestling is easy, or not that hard, but that is not true. You have to push yourself physically and mentally every practice and then push harder at every duel meet or tournament. It requires constant training year round do well for the five months the sport last. Five month’s of no social life because of three day tournaments every weekend and duel meets twice a week in front of your classmates, friends, and family. You must train hard and wrestle harder, watch what you eat, and give your very best every match so that you do not let down your teammates and coaches.

My sophomore year at a tournament in Anderson, I was slammed on my shoulder. I fractured and tore ligaments in it. After that I was done for the season. Junior year I wondered if I had been working harder maybe that kid wouldn’t have been able to even score a point on me. So I buckled down and lost sixteen pounds to wrestle and hopefully destroy the competition. After losing that much weight in four days, I had no energy the next day at the tournament and didn’t make it to sub-sections.

This year after the season was over I got to work. Lifting five days a week and going to every wrestling camp I could make it to. Now that the school year has started the team works out two days a week and has wrestling practice once a week. I am working hard during the pre-season in hopes of my hard work paying off during the season. My goal is to qualify for state championships this year and also to place. I do believe that hard work pays off so I have high expectations for myself and want to do my best.