Anyone can succeed - Wrestling does not require any one body type, size or innate athletic ability. Short and stocky, tall and lean, 100 pounds or 250 pounds; you will compete against someone your weight and every body type has advantages and disadvantages. Wrestling like any martial art involves mastering a set of skills, success is based on practicing those skills over and over not any innate athletic ability.
Puts mental toughness & a fearless, confident attitude in your life - Fear, confidence and attitude are all learned behaviors. If they weren't, then everyone would have the same personality. You will discover that much of what you'll get out of the wrestling room, you can use in the boardroom, the classroom and the living room. Wrestling teaches the type of skills that you'll need to bounce back from life's true tests: fear, failure and disappointment. Wrestling can help re-program your mind for these tests by teaching you how to work through physical and mental pain, exhaustion, how to set goals and reach them and how to make failure your learning curve for success.
You'll never be in better shape in your life - A fully conditioned wrestler is the most anaerobically fit athlete of any sport. With cat-like agility and explosive power, a wreslter executes a burst of energy every 6 to 10 seconds during a match. Wreslers look healthy, fit and muscular because of the way they train. You don't need separate workouts for cardio, strength, endurance and agility because you get all of that in a single wrestling practice.
The best non-violent self-defence training you'll ever get - You want to embarrass the next person that tries to bully you around, even if they're bigger and stronger you? Then hit them with a blast double leg takedown and a power half instead of getting into a boxing match. You'll never worry about having to defend yourself again. The confidence of possessing self-defence skills is priceless.
The best kept secret in college admissions - College admissions officers make their decisions based on how well you satisfy these two questions. Can you do the work? Are you capable of the dedication needed to graduate? That's what they must decide based on all the data in your application. The world's oldest sport is also a snapshot of your discipline and willingness to dedicate yourself to something over an extended period of time. The best part of wrestling's mystique for college admissions is that you don't have to be great; you just have to have wrestled.
Why football coaches love wrestling
It's no secret football coaches love wrestlers. It's been well chronicled at all levels. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is a former wrestler, and his dad was a wrestling coach.
"I think you learn more from wrestling than any other sport," Zimmer said in the USA Wrestling article Going The Extra Mile. "You find out so much more about yourself and about competition. When it gets down to it, it's you and the guy across from you. When I was wrestling, for the six minutes that you're out there, it is one of the toughest, most demanding sports that I've ever been around. I think guys that can go through that and compete with all the different things going on, it really defines who you are."
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has commented on how he loves recruiting wrestlers. So has Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. In fact, former Ohio State center Pat Elflein, winner of the 2016 Rimington Trophy given to the nation's best center, was drafted by Zimmer's Vikings in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) was also a multiple time state tournament qualifier and 2012 Ohio high school state wrestling champion. Elflein once said this about how wrestling helps his football:
"If you've ever watched a wrestler practice, it's all the drills we do that just makes you athletic, about (using) your hips and leverage," he said. "That's where it's all at on the offensive line and defensive line, just getting under people and (using) your hands too. And just using your hips and driving your hips into somebody."