A day in the life of a wrestler

Quentin Dawson

Staff Reporter

Kevin Michelini and Austin Ochoa get ready to work out from the referee's position at a wrestling meet in the 2015-16 season. Photo by Alex Luther

Kevin Michelini and Austin Ochoa get ready to work out from the referee’s position at a wrestling meet in the 2015-16 season. Photo by Alex Luther

We wake up just like a regular student. We get dressed like a regular student. We do everything a regular student does. We go to every class we sit down be quiet and do our work just like we’re supposed to. We eat food but not like you would think, we eat fruits and vegetables, (bananas, apples, oranges, broccoli, carrots, celery, cabbage, etc).

We drink liquids such as water, Gatorade and juices, we don’t drink pop that much. We have to watch what we eat in order to stay in our weight class. No McDonald’s, no Taco Bell, no fast food at all. After seventh period we head to the locker room and change clothes and grab our running shoes, wrestling shoes, knee pads (if you wear knee pads), and head gear. We then weigh in taking everything off except our underwear, (it’s awkward, get over it) then we write down our weights on the board.

After that we do stretches and then run for 10 minutes on stairs. You legs move like iron and cramps cripple you. After that we head into the wrestling room (where the heat is always 10 degrees hotter than anywhere else in the school) and grab a partner that’s close to our weight.

We then review moves the previous day that coach went over. It’s all about muscle memory when it comes to standing up or sitting out from referee’s position.

After 10-20 minutes of review. Coach teaches us a new move and we go half speed and try it on our partner then switch, when we finish the move after a couple of minutes coach shows us some moves to work off of once we get our partner in a certain position.

Coach Ojeda tells us to get with our partner and go live after about one hour. Thirty seconds later, coach blows the whistle and we switch partners. No rest, no drink, constant movement. Always keep your head up.

After another 30 minutes of live wrestling coach tells us to get in a circle for conditioning. Coach gives us a certain exercise to do, like core strengthening exercises. We do those for about 30 seconds to a minute we do about 8 or 9 different exercises and then coach tells us to bring it in.

Go home. Shower and sleep.

On November 17, the JV goes to Snider to wrestle. On November 19, the varsity goes to Warsaw for a tournament come support your Bruin wrestlers.        

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