Meaning of Wrestling is Family and Never Quitting
What is the meaning of wrestling? Merriam-Webster states the simple definition “is a sport in which two people try to throw, force, or pin each other to the ground”. The truth is a dictionary cannot give a true meaning of wrestling because wrestling means so much more than the definition in a dictionary. Most people who have never been involved in wrestling, don’t have a clue what this great sport is about.As wrestlers, we know what wrestling is about. It’s about working hard towards our goals in life. Wrestling is about overcoming obstacles. Wrestling is also about family. I have found it is hard to put the meaning of wrestling into words. Here are three videos that I feel demonstrate the meaning of wrestling.
Meaning of Wrestling ESPN Video
I watched the most amazing video on ESPN. The video talks about how a father was always there to cheer on his sons at their wrestling tournaments. He had a mantra that he always told his kids… NoQuit. Then the father gets injured and his son tells his father the same thing about never quitting. The wrestling video is one of the best I have ever seen. It is a very moving video. I think this video shows what the true meaning of wrestling is really about. In life, we are always going to face struggles. I think the important thing to take from this video, is there are 3 things that are most important in life. Those are God, Family, and NEVER giving up when life knocks you down. As wrestlers and anyone involved in a wrestling family, you should watch this video and get a perspective of what life should be about. Check out the video. Hopefully, you found this wrestling video useful. I think this video is great for the wrestling community. I bet I have watched this video at least 50 times. I cry every time I watch it.
Wrestling is More Than a Sport
The meaning of wrestling is so much more than a sport. Wrestlers train their butts off every day to be a great wrestler. They train to battle another human being and the goal is to win. Not only do they have to battle their opponents, but they also have to battle the wrestler’s diet. Win or lose the wrestler has to face it head on. Only those that have wrestled know what it’s like to push yourself and lose an important match. It’s easy to deal with a win because that means you are on track. It’s so much harder to deal with a loss. You have to face the fact that your best wasn’t good enough. Wrestling is about getting up when you fail. Even though we know losing is good for you, no one likes to face failure. Adidas has put together a great video that demonstrates the meaning of wrestling from the individual perspective of a wrestler. I remember what’s it like to lose, but sometimes you tend to forget. I like to watch this video when I want to put myself in my son’s shoes. https://youtu.be/bGPaxPVNYCY
Wrestling Means No Excuses
I found this video about these two amazing wrestlers. It’s about a blind wrestler and a wrestler with no legs. Wrestling is a brotherhood and is about friendship. This video perfectly demonstrates this about wrestling. The blind wrestler(Leroy Sutton) carries the wrestler who is an amputee(Dartanyon Crockett). In my mind, the meaning of wrestling is no excuses. If both of these wrestlers can overcome their obstacles, then what is your excuse? ESPN also wrote a full featured story about the two. Beyond their physical disabilities, both wrestlers had lost their moms. It is very inspiring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLvzwIJvxc4
The Definition of Wrestling is Fighting the Good Fight
Sometimes the meaning of wrestling is fighting the good fight in your darkest hours. Mitch McKee and his family fought the good fight when his father was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer. Mitch went on a mission to win a Minnesota state championship for his dad. He wanted to make his dad proud and forget about cancer… at least for a few moments. At the same time, his father was fighting the good fight by doing everything he could to stay alive. He was a good example to his kids and the wrestling community. I found an article on intermatwrestle.com that was written by Steve Elwood. He wrote a great story about Mitch and his family and their struggles through coping with a devastating disease. Take a few minutes and read the article. I think we could all learn about the meaning of wrestling from the McKee family. To continue fighting when times are the toughest is one of the best definitions of wrestling. Mitch’s father passed away shortly after winning his first state title. Mitch went on to be a 3-time state champion and will wrestle for the Minnesota Gophers. Here is a video that CBS news did, if you would like to watch it.
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Wrestling had it’s ups and down for me but ultimately I reach my goals in wrestling with the huge support of my family. The whole team and former wrestlers that were still part of the team. Wrestling is not just a sport it is a huge family. Starting with the coaching staff that push you to limits you never new your body could take and then show you how to maintain your composer to win those big matches. Teammates that never wrestled a Varsity Match but stood by your side cheering you on. A Mother and a Aunt that never missed a match over at least a eight year period. That dedication to a sport and a team and most importantly loved ones. Wrestling has several quotes six minutes no excuse, %110 wrestling because %100 is never enough in wrestling. Pain is weakness leaving the body. This last quote hits home never seen it before. The only thing tougher than a wrestler is his Mom so true.
Health issue threw out me life have been extremely tough. I had my fist heart attack at the age of 33 years old. My second heart attack I was coaching Jr High softball on third base. On my knees in so much pain until we tied up the game. Then I left the field ask a parent to take over for me and my wife called a ambulance. The ambulance pick me up at our house so that the girls would not be upset and we also won the game. A few days later I had a 2 way by pass and four days after the surgery I left the hospital. On the 5th day I was back coaching third base with my cough pillow at my chest and we won that game also. We should have won the Championship that year but a few key mistake cost us that championship.
I was 39 years old at the time of the surgery. My third heart attack we had just finished up a wrestling meet and we were moving the mats to the YMCA and that pain came back again that I dreaded so much. My ass. coach at the time stayed with me till the ambulance picked me up. 4th heart attack on my left lad caused serious damage on 3/26/2016 my last day of work. Over all I have had 21 heart caths by pass surgery and a blood clot that almost took my life. Plus a bleed after a heart cath that put me in CCU for 32 hours flat on my back. If not for my heart doctor I would not be here today.
21 caths is a lot. It appears you have taken on the NOQUIT mantra. I hope you keep fighting and get healthy. Thanks for feedback.
Sophia friends, family, a community and the Great State of Maine is cheering for you this weekend. 6 minutes No Excuses and you will be a winner. Let’s see you at the top #1 because you are the best and you have worked so hard. Just go for it Girl !
Wrestling is the greatest sport! It is a way of life! It has helped so many succeed and achieve their life goals. It teaches you to never give up and give back what you have learned.Mount Anthony Wrestlers become part of a brotherhood and help each other out always.
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Another GREAT wrestling video on YOUTUBE “Wrestling Taught me how to Swim”
Jim, that is a really good video. Thanks for sharing that.