West Virginia Wrestling


by Dr. Bill Welker

"The Perfect Wrestler"
(Part Two)

Last Sunday, I discussed the make-up of the perfect wrestler during the regular season campaign. In today's column, I will point out the activities the perfect wrestler participates in during the off-season months.

Off-Season Sports

In the springtime, I would suggest joining the track team, and signing-up for the long distance running events. During the fall, your best choices would be cross country or soccer. All of these activities promote excellent cardiovascular endurance.

Football is also an outstanding extra-curricular activity for the heavier wrestlers of the team. It teaches them good center-of-gravity stances, increased ability in lateral motion skills, and improve quickness.

Summer Wrestling Camps

Wrestling technique improvement is an on-going process for the perfect wrestler. One way to boost this process is to attend summer wrestling clinics. While attending such training schools, the perfect wrestler should have two goals in mind

1. Do not be concerned about learning everything you witness at a summer wrestling clinic. Instead, focus on learning one or two moves you like in each position of wrestling: takedowns in neutral position, rides and pinning combinations in the top position, and escapes and reversals in the bottom position.

2. Watch how the clinicians explain moves you already perform well, to see what they are adding to them to make the maneuvers even more effective. Then "drill" the moves, incorporating the new subtleties.

The perfect wrestler never fails to go to at least one clinic every summer during his high school wrestling career.

Summer Tournaments

I believe three to five summer tournaments in the summer is more than enough for the perfect wrestler. There are two important points to remember:

1. Make sure you are in good condition, but not the high intensity condition get into during the season. Summer wrestling should be fun, as well as another learning experience for the perfect wrestler.

2. Summer tournament "dieting" or "weight-watching" is a definite "no-no" for the perfect wrestler. You don't want "peak" or "burn out" before the regular season gets underway. Summer tournaments are just rehearsals for the most important competition the perfect high school wrestler will face in February or March - the state championships!

Other Summer Activities

Throughout the entire summer, the perfect wrestler runs a half an hour to an hour on a daily basis. As in the winter months, the perfect wrestler will run, incorporating jog and sprint intervals. Two other good running activities is sprinting repetitions up and down steps or hills.

It is also imperative for the perfect wrestler to lift weights three times a week. Just like in-season weight training the emphasis, the emphasis is on endurance lifting, with many repetitions (10 to 20 reps per station). When all else is equal between two opponents, it is strength that often determines the victor.

Well, there you have it, wrestlers. If you want to be the perfect wrestlers, I have given you the ingredients to be one. I hope you were taking notes because I have just given you "pearls" here that lead to success in wrestling and life - free of charge!

Unnecessary Roughness

Any intentional act that is hazardous to an opponent's physical well being is considered unnecessary roughness. Furthermore, if a hold is utilized for the sole purpose of punishment alone, the referee may see fit to declare unnecessary roughness.

Such offenses as striking, pushing, shoving, a swinging crossface, elbowing, and forceful tripping are just some examples of this infraction.

The normal progression of penalties is as follows:
" First Offense: One match point for the opponent
" Second Offense: One match point for the opponent
" Third Offense: Two Match points for the opponent
" Fourth Offense: Disqualification

Please note, if an official believes the infraction to be totally inexcusable, he can invoke the "flagrant misconduct" rule. The flagrant misconduct results in the immediate and automatic disqualification of the wrestler. He is penalized three team points and if it is in a tournament, he losses all team points scored in the event, including placement points.

Certainly, a sucker punch to the jaw or head butt would come under the flagrant misconduct category.

Mini-Mat Quiz

Q: Wrestler A shoots a hard double-leg, causing Wrestler B to hit his head on the mat forcefully when taken down. The match had to be stopped to check on Wrestler B's physical well being. Would this be considered unnecessary roughness on the part of Wrestler A?
A: Wrestler A would not be penalized for unnecessary roughness. A hard double-leg takedown is a perfectly legal maneuver, similar to a hard tackle in football.

OVAC Joe Thomas Wrestling Warrior

Coach Joe Thomas OVAC Wrestling Warrior of the Week is Tyler Consolidated's 125-pounder Julian Yost. This senior wrestler's record is presently 18-6. Julian was runner-up in the Tyler Consolidated "Wrestle-A-Bout" Tournament and the Tri-State Cameron Wrestling Classic. Yost was also undefeated in the Ritchie County Duals Tournament.

Congratulations are extended to Tyler Consolidated's Julian Yost - this week's OVAC Wrestling Warrior. OVAC Mark Gerrity Wrestling Fan of the Week

The OVAC Mark Gerrity Wrestling Fans of the Week is Tyler Consolidated's APRIL NORTHCRAFT. She has spearheaded the wrestling mother's organization for the "Silver Knights" mat team.

The Deaton-Regis Weekly Dual Meet Predictions

Larry Deaton and Jack Regis, two of the Valley's finest mat officials are competing with each other this season, picking the winners of selected matches. This week's dual meets featured matches are Weirton Madonna and Magnolia at Shadyside 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday). Also, East Liverpool and Shadyside at Indian Creek (10:00 a.m. on Saturday). Deaton picks Shadyside on Wednesday and Indian Creek on Saturday to win their respective Tri-matches. Regis calls Magnolia on Wednesday and East Liverpool on Saturday to come out the ultimate victors.

Mat Message
"Change starts when someone sees the next step."
- William Drayton
(Dr. Bill Welker can be reached via e-mail at: mattalkwv@hotmail.com)
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