Another wrestling tournament. Unsure about the amount of teams..I would say about 7 including us (maybe one or two more), and I’m calm. Calm and collected. I know what I need to do: wrestle better than last time. I know what put team needs to do: win. It doesn’t matter f you’re JV or not, you need to win. Granted, most JV guys are freshmen, but hey, I’m my the only senior who has fallen from grace. Well, I’m slightly better off. I have only been wrestling two years, and the other senior? Probably since he was in elementary school.
Regardless, I’m at another tournament and I’m calm. Outwardly, calm, but inside I’m going through every way I could go about this next match. What should I go for? What I can do: firemans, duck under to single, duck under to double, shuck to rear control and heel trip. Once they’re down: knee forward, underhand wrist control, half, cross face, thread my arm through for a near cradle (don’t lean that head over…don’t you dare!). Peterson? Maybe. I could always muscle over and lock up around the head and arms and get my hips out, shoulder pressure on their chest, face to headgear. Not a huge toolbox, but it’s enough. I just need to be strong.
I’ve gotten into the habit of praying during all of these wrestling events. Practice, I pray to get through, matches, I pray to do without injury, others’ matches, I pray for them not to get injured. It’s meditative and I feel it brings me a positive outlook.
The tournament is supposed to go fast, as far as tournaments go. Probably out of here by 3. My opponent is from Coal Ridge. I honestly don’t know the school and their program, but it’s inconsequential. I need to wrestle my best regardless.
**Best comment of the day: While our team started out warmup run around the mat I ran past this group (many groups actually so I have no idea who said it) and out of the hum of the crowd and wrestling guys I hear “Whoa! That’s a girl!” Then, more excited and awed talk that I couldn’t hear clearly. It never ceases to amaze me how odd it is for some of these guys to see a female step out on the mats in headgear and a singlet. It’s as if they have never watched the summer Olympics before.
First match: the guy from Coal Ridge destroyed me quickly. First period by pin. My hand position is terrible today!
Second match: I won! I FINALLY WON! Third period, down by points, given the choice of position. I chose top and the red blew the whistle. He tried to escape but I locked and hit a heel trip which returned him right to the mat. Didn’t cover quickly enough so he tried to escape again and I did the same thing. This went on until I had five mat returns and covered him heavily and started working for my cradle. I didn’t get it and we went off the mat. I was given top position again and I got my cross face but couldn’t find the leg. I muscles him over and locked up with a head and arm, making a quick pin. The adrenaline was insane! I couldn’t even fathom what had just happened! He wasn’t too happy (from Durango, by the way). He looked like he wanted to cry and refused to let me help him up off the mat. Regardless, the win did my morale well.
Match three: I lost, even worse than with the first guy. He was from Delta and had saw me pin the other guy, so it was most likely even more of a big deal now. Pinned in the first period. Bad hand position again.
Fourth match: Better, but still, bad hand position killed me and I was pinned again. I could’ve had this one, too! If I had been better with technique, I could’ve had the 5th place spot instead of the 6th.
Regardless of my losses or wins, my technique needs improvement and so does everything else. I need to work on covering and weight placement. I need to take all matches as learning experiences and not get too prideful in my ability. For everyone is a student of life until they finally pass.
The next set of matches our team is in will be at home this Thursday evening/afternoon. I am unsure as to whether or not I will have any matches. Then, the next morning we will leave to go to The Warrior. This two day tournament features both varsity and junior varsity (or so I’ve been told, I am still not sure if this is true) and our team will be staying in a hotel. One room will be run by some of the mothers and will be entirely devoted to food. Not even kidding, a whole room! The insanity and indulgence of this program is astounding sometimes. Impressive, really, but still very strange. I am unsure as to whether or not I will be made to stay in the same room as the two of the three managers who are both girls. One of them is pleasant on her own, but combined with the other one, she becomes obnoxious in a hurry. Plus, the other girl is a real nasty cat and a very bipolar and cynical person to be around. Not the kind of atmosphere I want to be around, especially pre-wrestling match. So we will see how that goes..
In the meantime, I’m excited for the rest of this week. I hope to destroy the finals this week and pass with flying colors. I have a little bit of weight to lose (oh my oh my, a whole 1.2 lbs haha) because of my cheat meal yesterday. Yes. I actually had one. Considering I haven’t had a cheat meal in over a month, I feel that I deserved it. It helped alleviate a lot of the guilt I end up feeling after eating a few more calories of health food than I plan on. Green chili burger with onion rings, fries from my moms meal that she left unfinished, and a large buttery and frosted cinnamon roll made me so lethargic and bloated it’s not even conceivable to me, I haven’t looked or felt like that in ages. I’ve felt tired, exhausted, spent, destroyed, but not any sort of lethargic since about three months ago (when I started my clean eating switch). It was glorious for me in some ways, and not as much as others. But, I must say, I am proud of myself for hopping on the scale afterwards and not immediately going and throwing it all back up. I still struggle with my bulimia. But I conquered it last night for once in a long time. It really only comes out most prevalently during wrestling season, but on e in a while off season it pops up too.
Overall, I’m excited for these upcoming tournaments and especially for Christmas break! I need some me time so badly. Can anyone else attest to that?