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    So I'll start out with a little background information. I've only wrestled one year, although I've done other sports my whole life. Currenlty I weight 125lb, I have 6% body fat(yes I am still healthy!), I've kept in shape all year with bike riding and kicking boxing. I'm into my sophmore year of highschool now, I fell in love with wrestling last year and cannot wait for it too start this year, I was a very succesful wrestler last year and I hope I can maintain that this year, but too get to the point...someday I want too make it too nationals. I'm doing everything I can too make it happen, diet/practice/conditioning, I'll be doing collegiate and freestyle wrestling + several camps, but I know starting in highschool is a bit late. compared too most of the best wrestlers...is my dream completely wack? If you need any other info just ask! Thanks in advance!
    -Zee

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    If you keep the attitude you have now, you have a shot. The key is to drill the moves until you can do them in your sleep and every time you wrestle live, even if it's only a 30 second shot in practice, wrestle like you're in the finals of the Nationals. Intensely and all out should be the only way you know how to wrestle.
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    no one can really say if its attainable or not, but you can work towards it. technically you don't need to be talented at all to compete in nationals, because there are national tournaments you don't need to qualify for. I started the same way as you. I'll tell you this though, freshman to varsity is a huge jump. I wrestled varsity as a sophomore and i got killed, but i also improved a ton. keep practicing, everyone stands a shot.

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    mat time - get as much as you can, in season and off
    experience - always wrestle someone you know is better than you, you lose but you learn.
    goals - you need the long term goals to keep you motivated, but don't overlook short term goals, the baby steps, each dual meet, small local tournament championships, then the bigger ones.
    expectations - don't be discouraged when you lose, even if you made a mistake in a close one.

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    So at hte moment,I'm doing a great Calisthenics routine, mixed with some weight training for explosiveness, and I live in the sticks so I run through the dense parts too improve my reflexes. I'm always reading up on new stuff, but one thing I'm lacking is a TRAINING PARTNER! Horrible i know! Is there anything I can do too make up for that? I mean i can practice sprawls, shots, a few moves but without a partner I'm limited. any suggestions?

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    You can shadow wrestle. You can go and buy a throwing dummie and train with that. Also, another great device is to use takedown machines. They are great. Look them up.
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    I can't afford either unfortunately...Any alternatives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee92 View Post
    So at hte moment,I'm doing a great Calisthenics routine, mixed with some weight training for explosiveness, and I live in the sticks so I run through the dense parts too improve my reflexes. I'm always reading up on new stuff, but one thing I'm lacking is a TRAINING PARTNER! Horrible i know! Is there anything I can do too make up for that? I mean i can practice sprawls, shots, a few moves but without a partner I'm limited. any suggestions?
    Walk around your house in your stance. Do leg block drills (arm down, leg back) while doing it. Since you live in the sticks, I'd guess you have a fireplace. Help with the splitting of the wood. Tossing heavy logs around won't hurt- practice lifting them correctly... also work on your grip...

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    ... and no.. you're dreams are certainly not unreasonable. Real growth in wrestling doesn't occur until HS/College for most people anyway. You sound like you have a good head on your shoulders and you're willing to work- that is all you need. (oh, and good takedown and escape.. lol)

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