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    Hey Guys. I'm a sophmore at my high school and I'm trying out for a spot on the team this year. I don't really have any basic knowledge of wrestling but my dad and brother wrestled and are helping me out. I was wondering if there are any books or videos out there that I should go out and buy/rent that would teach me some fundamentals of wrestling.

    Also, I'm looking for a fitness/diet help. I'm at 125 and my coach said I have to drop to 110 for a better chance of winning because I'd be in a really hard weight class for a beginner.

    Sorry if this is in the wrong section.

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    I don't agree with your coach and this way of thinking. I personally believe that you and others would wrestle much better at their natural weight and just go from there. Just pay attention to your coach, he will teach you a lot of stuff. That should be all you need. But if your hungry for more, you can always buy books and browse online. There is a site that has more than a thousand clips of wrestling moves that they explain and show in detail but it is for a 100 dollars.
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    I was looking for a more detailed basic wrestling thing but I guess i'll just have my coach teach me that stuff like whatever a cross-face is or the sweep type things.
    But about the weight class. My dad said 125 is a weight class where a lot of the really good wrestlers who've been wrestling since middle school are in. So him and my coach said i should drop to 110 because it's fairly easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazumastars View Post
    Hey Guys. I'm a sophmore at my high school and I'm trying out for a spot on the team this year. I don't really have any basic knowledge of wrestling but my dad and brother wrestled and are helping me out. I was wondering if there are any books or videos out there that I should go out and buy/rent that would teach me some fundamentals of wrestling.

    Also, I'm looking for a fitness/diet help. I'm at 125 and my coach said I have to drop to 110 for a better chance of winning because I'd be in a really hard weight class for a beginner.

    Sorry if this is in the wrong section.
    I think that you need to look at wrestling as a longer term proposition. Your coach may be right that you have a better chance of winning at a lighter weight, but IMO the focus of this season should be LEARNING not winning. You also don't tell us how tall you are. 125 is light for a tall kid, not so light for a small kid. My son is 5'3", 115, his friend is 5'9", 125. My son will drop to 112, his friend will go 125. My son's short stature (he's only 14) makes 112 a good weight class for him, but not for his friend.

    I assume that as a young, beginner you will be on the JV squad. You should focus on learning about wrestling, and getting matches. Go to youth tournaments outside of HS and wrestle there. Go to clinics outside of your school. Just get mat time and don't worry about the W/L.

    Next season you will be in a much better place wrt wrestling and at that point you can worry about tweaking your weight to put you in a better competitive spot.

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    Oh right. I'm about 5'6.5" 125 dropping to 112 or 119. My coach said my best bet is 119 because it'll be more healthier for me and the class isn't looking too hard this year. But I'm on the JV team, no surprise, and I'm learning pretty quickly having both my brother and dad have wrestled in high school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazumastars View Post
    Oh right. I'm about 5'6.5" 125 dropping to 112 or 119. My coach said my best bet is 119 because it'll be more healthier for me and the class isn't looking too hard this year. But I'm on the JV team, no surprise, and I'm learning pretty quickly having both my brother and dad have wrestled in high school.
    Based on that 119 is probably a healthy weight for you. I am a parent, not a wrestler and I don't like kids who are at a healthy weight cutting a whole bunch of weight. There are coaches here who will tell you differently. Listen to the people who KNOW YOU and LOVE YOU to make your decision.

    To go from 125-112 you would need to lose 10% of your body weight. To go from 125-119 it's under 5%. 10% of your body weight is a lot of weight to lose if you are not heavy to start.

    Have fun. I am glad your season is starting out on a positive note.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proudpatriot View Post
    Based on that 119 is probably a healthy weight for you. I am a parent, not a wrestler and I don't like kids who are at a healthy weight cutting a whole bunch of weight. There are coaches here who will tell you differently. Listen to the people who KNOW YOU and LOVE YOU to make your decision.

    To go from 125-112 you would need to lose 10% of your body weight. To go from 125-119 it's under 5%. 10% of your body weight is a lot of weight to lose if you are not heavy to start.

    Have fun. I am glad your season is starting out on a positive note.

    I agree heartily with Proudpatriot. Do not focus on weight loss. Training and competition itself will may lower your weight or may increase it if you build muscle mass.

    In this beginning stage of wrestling it is much more important for you to focus on wrestling skill development.

    Learn the basics. Focus on increasing your wrestling skills knowledge.

    Get as much mat time as you can by not only wrestling and training during the school season but also by training and wrestling in freestyle and greco wrestling during the school off season.

    These other styles of wrestling will add to your wrestling skill base and will make you a much better wrestler overall.

    Time on the mat (doing as much wrestling as you can) can be the largest key to your future success in my opinion.
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