Cutting Weight for Youth Wrestling – How Young is too Young? — 7 Comments

  1. Thank you for this article. I’ve been looking around for perspective on this topic. My son is 9 (2nd yr wrestler) & our head coach is strongly opposed to cutting before puberty. I feel even stronger. If the kids is overweight its called proper diet & exercise. If you start cutting calories on a low body fat kid it could possibly stunt their growth, especially if the wrestler is working out at a high level.

  2. Awesome article! I’m a firm believer that kids cutting weight is a silly practice that should never be used. A weight cut is an advanced competition technique and kids are anything but advanced in the sport.
    Thanks for the great article, really well written!

  3. I live in a small town where the youth wrestlers start cutting weight at age 6. They wrestle from November to April and are only supposed to eat chicken and rice during the season. It’s no wonder there are no wrestlers at high school age above 5’6′. It makes me sick. 5th grade boys wrestle as low as 52 lbs. You can’t tell me it healthy. I’m glad to see an article that speaks common sense!

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