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Cutting Weight for Youth Wrestling – How Young is too Young? — 9 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!

  4. I don’t believe it should not be aloud for youth to cut weight. They cut just to win and at this age they should have to stay at the weight they weigh in at or give a two pound allowance. My son is in the 5th grade who weighs 57lbs we struggle with him gaining weight he loves wrestling but he works hard and is good for his size but when you allow a kid that has been wrestling at a higher weight all year to cut to get down that upsets me because my dr. On doesn’t have a chance they weigh in at 57 and then go eat and by the time they wrestle that other kid is anywhere from 5 to 7 pounds heavier then my son so he gets dis courage. We let my son eat whatever he wants on a daily base and still can’t gain weight yet these kids are cutting. It’s all about winning to these parents that allow their kids to cut or they are avoiding some other kid to be the best you have to wrestle the best!!

    • Carla,

      Cutting weight will never be eliminated from the sport. The only way to prevent the weight cut is to get certified just like you do in high school and college. I just don’t see youth parents doing that. The other way is to do two weigh-ins for national tournaments. As a parent, if you focus on technique over weight cutting, your child will be better in the long run. I have a kid that wrestles in college. If I had it to do over again, I would have focused a lot of effort on takedowns and strength training. Thanks for reading the article and I appreciate the feedback.

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