Wrestling prepares an athlete to fight in the game of life. The wrestler is the one athlete that must meet his opponent and do battle completely on his own – no one can substitute, no time outs are possible. They have no one to check, screen, block, or assist them in any way, there is no one to blame for their mistakes. When she wins, she must show quiet pride and modesty. When he loses, the responsibility is his.
Wrestling once was a man’s sport, now it has become recognized for both men and women. In other sports, when contact is made, they blow the whistle to stop the action. In wrestling, when contact is made, we’re just getting started. No sport requires more sacrifice than wrestling. The individual, through self-denial, offers more of his character than can ever be explained here. It is something he carries with him throughout life, and through every trial, test, and tribulation.
The sport of wrestling matches opponents as to size, is played on resilient surfaces, places its competitors in a controlled situation; provides officials at a 1:2 ratio, has officials always within 10 feet of the competitors, and stops action for potentially dangerous situations.