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    I still enjoy entering into open class tournaments, I win some I lose some, but it's a blast to be able to compete still. Give it a go and who knows where the chips may land. We might be telling the next person who asks if it can be done about you, a guy that didn't start wrestling at all until after school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    I still enjoy entering into open class tournaments, I win some I lose some, but it's a blast to be able to compete still. Give it a go and who knows where the chips may land. We might be telling the next person who asks if it can be done about you, a guy that didn't start wrestling at all until after school.
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    What does it matter if there's nobody who started late and became world champion or olympic champion? You can be the first, don't believe in probability counts or anything like that. The only way to find out is going in to the mat and wrestle. I am just so happy that there are wrestlers from all over the world, and I hope that you will the first succesful wrestler from your country.
    Thanks guys, them words mean alot.......

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    I started at 16. And I am Black and Indian. Had a nice career.

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    To be honest am pretty down right now. I feel I may have just left freestyle wrestling to late to compete on world level, especailly coming from the UK.

    I don't know no one that has started at 18+ years of age with no prvious experience and went on to become world class.

    Which is pretty sad, but what can you do?

    I will have to have a think over christmas.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by J62 View Post
    To be honest am pretty down right now. I feel I may have just left freestyle wrestling to late to compete on world level, especailly coming from the UK.

    I don't know no one that has started at 18+ years of age with no prvious experience and went on to become world class.

    Which is pretty sad, but what can you do?

    I will have to have a think over christmas.......
    For Gods sake man don't over analyze it and not wrestle, go wrestle!

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    J2,

    I would say go for it. Don't be discouraged by people. You have plenty of time. Many wrestlers have success on the senior level in their 30s you have more than enough time.

    Some kids start really young, like age 5, but do not compare were they are at you will soon catch up!

    It will take 3-5 years to learn the basics and then you build on it. If you have access to good coaching that will help your learning curve. Many places in Europe should have this. Learn as much as you can. In five years @ 23 you will be still really young.

    In the USA they put way to much importance on the developmental years and think you are a failure if you dont do it or don't have much success. This is completely wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chessplayer View Post
    J2,

    I would say go for it. Don't be discouraged by people. You have plenty of time. Many wrestlers have success on the senior level in their 30s you have more than enough time.

    Some kids start really young, like age 5, but do not compare were they are at you will soon catch up!

    It will take 3-5 years to learn the basics and then you build on it. If you have access to good coaching that will help your learning curve. Many places in Europe should have this. Learn as much as you can. In five years @ 23 you will be still really young.

    In the USA they put way to much importance on the developmental years and think you are a failure if you dont do it or don't have much success. This is completely wrong.
    Thanks Man

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    Chris Campbell was a late starter. He didn't participate in organized wrestling until his senior year in high school. His family is Jehovah Witness and his Mom forbid him to be involved because she thought it was a violent sport. It wasn't until his high school coach, Gary Kehler, met with her to explain the nature of the sport. She thought it was WWF.

    Anyway, Chris won a NJ state title that first year. I have to admit he was one incredibly muscular physical specimen. He was offered a scholarship to Iowa off that one year. He went on to win multiple NCAA titles, US and world titles. He would have taken the 1980 Olympic title if not for the President yanking participation in those games. He won the '81 world title. Also he's one of the oldest to ever take an Olympic Medal finishing 3rd in 1992 at the age of 37.
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    J2, I don't understand why this thread has made you upset, people have given you examples of wrestlers who are not only world class but world champions and started late! Who cares if someone started at, say, 17 or 17 instead of 18, the principle is the same. Even Medved, one of the all time greats, apparently started late. Go wrestle!

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