The Benefits of Becoming a Wrestler By:Jarin Blevins "More enduring than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without skill, none have wrestled without pride. "(Dan Gable, Brainy Quote) I began wrestling at the age of seven, not understanding the impact that it would have on my life.
This passion for fighting continued throughout his childhood as he spent much of his leisure time wrestling and boxing with his friends. By his late teens, Hephaestokratos was extremely devoted to boxing and decided to pursue the 440BC Olympics. In order to achieve his dream, he began training by going for daily runs and sparring with his friends. This later progressed to training with more elite level boxers from whom he learned a great deal. Through this vigorous training, countless injuries, and the strength he developed in his father’s shop, he was set to attend the illustrious games in Olympia.
A leader is someone who leads by example on and off the mat. I have learned and now possess great qualities of being a leader. Proven evident by the fact that I have been the wrestling captain for the past four years, and this past year the varsity football captain. I cannot thank all the coaches, teammates, and other wrestlers across the country for the great lesson they taught me. The lesson being very cliché, but very near and dear to my heart.
As the music crescendos around me and I toss my saber, everything else fades away until it's just me, the music and my saber. Months of hard work, dedication, and lessons I have learned come flashing back. I can't believe that there was a time before I knew how to spin anything, even a flag. Color Guard has helped me grow as a person over the last few years. In the beginning of my freshman year of school, the Guard program was not strong but because I wanted to join, I started to build the program.
My life is consumed by a piece of plastic. Ultimate Frisbee has been part of my life for the last 3 years; I look back, and realize that it changed how I lived. This passion has driven me from being a timid freshman, who was clueless about many aspects of the world, to a confident athlete, who had learned many facets of life the hard way. Through ultimate, I have experienced failure, learned to cope with anger, and witnessed the best moments in sports.
For example, Daniel Cormier wrestled in the Olympics and is now the Light-Heavyweight Champion of the world (Mather Jan. 2016). I’ve seen a few of Daniels fights and you can just tell how dominant he is when grappling with other fighters, he man-handles grown men. Another fighter is TJ Dillashaw who was a wrestler pretty much his entire life, and after wrestling in college, he decided to try MMA because the sports coexist together with the determination and hard work. After several years, he has become one of the top fighters in the world (Mather Jan. 2016). This just goes to show how valuable wrestling is when you transition into MMA, and I believe with this tool you can develop the other techniques to become an elite
Last spring, I was able to take the greenhouse class my school offered. In that class we learned how to plant different types of plants, how to care for the plants, and how to run a greenhouse. When we actually opened the greenhouse, I would spend my entire day out there. I loved helping people pick out plants for their gardens. At the end of the year, I was awarded the greenhouse award.
Coach Pennington is a really inspirational person. There are many positive things about him, including the fact that he is very determined to teach his players about any sport he teaches along with life lessons. Along with positivity, there is also negativity. One negative thing about Coach Pennington is that he has a temper when his team loses or does something wrong, considering the fact that he came from a very successful school (Wichita Falls High School/Old High) and succeeded in sports as well. If Coach Pennington wasn 't the way he is now, he would be very rude and unforgiving to his team.
Entering my first high school track and field season was so exciting--it was the start of my discus career where I could actually compete amongst other talented throwers in a span of many more meets. I felt confident since I had always been advanced in my years of throwing since I started at around the age of 9. Learning from an experienced and intelligent coach, I felt there was no way I could not succeed, but then a problem arose. The man who had been coaching me for almost five years could no longer work for the track and field team. I continued to work with him on my own when he was available, however, it appeared that other teammates were suffering due to the lack of guidance and critique.
He attended school at Pennsylvania State University and University of Oklahoma. He is also a political activist and has done many charitable works as well. Nate and his wife Sara are college sweethearts they met while attending Pennsylvania State. Nate Parker became an overnight sensation after his film “The Birth of a Nation”.
I started to do my pre-match warm up and that’s when I heard the ref tell us let’s go. We came to the center circle and shook hands and the match was off. I got an early takedown, to take the lead 2-0 but right after that he got a reversal so the score was 2-2. The next period Birt took down and escaped right away so he was winning 3-2. After that we wrestled on our feet for about a minute and then I took him down to take the lead again, 4-3.
I have been on the indoor and outdoor track teams at sutton since seventh grade. Being around a varsity sport for so long has allowed me to see the greats pass through the halls of this school and has allowed me to become one as well. During my junior and senior year I became captain of both the indoor and outdoor track teams leading them to many DVC
“Coach Al Sears was the best coach and I was sad to see him leave. He pushed all the wrestlers to their limits and then some. He truly was the best and hopefully Coach Joe can meet his expectations or better yet even surpass him as a wrestling coach.” Jamie said. A four-time All-American wrestler in the heavyweight division at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and highly successful wrestling coach at Belleville West for the past 14 years, Sears has been elected as part of the 2015 class into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame.
I’ve spent several summers at the Brickner Microbiology Lab at Northwestern University. I first became involved with the lab the summer after my sophomore year of highschool. I worked as a paid lab technician. I preformed custodial duties and learned how to operate and maintain pieces of lab equipment. During this time I sat in on “Journal Club” paper review sessions and learned about the research projects running at the lab.