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    Hey guys, I was wondering..
    What are you first thoughts right when the match starts?
    my first thoughts are usually blank and I.start to freeze. Could somebody please give me some tips on what to think before and during a match? Thanks

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    Before a match I always thought about what I was going to do. Kinda like walking through the match in my mind before it happened. I mentally put my self in bad positions a few matches ahead of mine, and mentally thought and visualized how to get out of it. Right before a match, I visualized what offense I was going to do to him. That always calmed me down. But that was before iPods and I didn't even have a Walkman, so that may not be the best advice. Use what ever calms you or fires you up, I always liked to be calm before a match. Some like to be fired up. Both ways are fine, just gotta know what works for you.

    When it was time to step on the mat, I focused on the lead leg. That, along with height, told me everything I needed to know about my own offense. Try to size the guy up right before stepping on that line and shaking hands. Once the whistle blows, just trust your training. As long as you know you gave it your all, the outcomes don't matter. And if you give it your all in training and in the match, the good outcomes will out weigh the bad.

    Nerves are normal. Just remember that the world does not rest on the outcome of your match and your parents will still love you. And believe it or not, your friends won't care either. So do the best you can do...........FOR YOU!

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    I wish I would have had Quinn's focus back when I was wrestling. Before a match I would get psyched up and be a bundle of nerves. Back then, we always wrestled in order of weights and the guy in college who wrestled just before me usually won, but almost never got a pin, so I knew just how long I had until I had to go out and I got myself real worked up. But once the whistle blew, the nerves disappeared and I was completely focused on the match and "in the zone." In fact, when I was the most nervous before a match, I wrestled the best, and if I was a little too confident and relaxed, I tended to let up and wrestle poorly.

    Quinn's advice, "Just remember that the world does not rest on the outcome of your match and your parents will still love you. And believe it or not, your friends won't care either. So do the best you can do...........FOR YOU!" is very good and it's what I tell the kids I coach, but I could never think that way myself. I was very hard on myself if I lost, but if I won, I told myself that the guy probably wasn't that good (even though that wasn't always true - I did beat some pretty good guys). I think with better coaching, I could have developed a better mental attitude including more self-confidence.
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    I was a lot like Spider when I wrestled and I had great coaches that focused as much on the mental aspect as they did the physical. On tournament and match days I had a hard time sitting down at all. I wrestled hwt and 215 but by the time they called 145/152 to staging I was already warming up. I would also pace a lot. I could feel the stress building and I would start sweating profusely (even if I wasn't doing anything physically to get me warm). I was constantly thinking about what I was going to do, what my opponent was going to do and how the ref would call it. I envisioned every possible scenario over and over again. The only thing that would help me calm down would be to shadow wrestle, pummel, or drill.

    Also like Spider the butterflies and knots in my stomach would grow and grow and grow until the whistle blew then they vanished. For me that is also when I stopped "thinking" and started to react and wrestle. When I say react though I wasn't a huge counter wrestler, I would react to what I saw my opponent offering in terms of openings to get to my offense. I do understand what you are saying though about being nervous and freezing when the match starts. I think that this will lessen with mat time. How long have you been wrestling? If you're relatively new to the sport then relax, remember that you're doing this for fun and that you'll get better the more you practice and compete. If you've been doing this for a while then I would look at what you do or can do to relax yourself before a match. Sometimes our bodies will 'drive' our mind meaning that we can do things with our bodies to relax our mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    I was a lot like Spider when I wrestled and I had great coaches that focused as much on the mental aspect as they did the physical. On tournament and match days I had a hard time sitting down at all. I wrestled hwt and 215 but by the time they called 145/152 to staging I was already warming up. I would also pace a lot. I could feel the stress building and I would start sweating profusely (even if I wasn't doing anything physically to get me warm). I was constantly thinking about what I was going to do, what my opponent was going to do and how the ref would call it. I envisioned every possible scenario over and over again. The only thing that would help me calm down would be to shadow wrestle, pummel, or drill.

    Also like Spider the butterflies and knots in my stomach would grow and grow and grow until the whistle blew then they vanished. For me that is also when I stopped "thinking" and started to react and wrestle. When I say react though I wasn't a huge counter wrestler, I would react to what I saw my opponent offering in terms of openings to get to my offense. I do understand what you are saying though about being nervous and freezing when the match starts. I think that this will lessen with mat time. How long have you been wrestling? If you're relatively new to the sport then relax, remember that you're doing this for fun and that you'll get better the more you practice and compete. If you've been doing this for a while then I would look at what you do or can do to relax yourself before a match. Sometimes our bodies will 'drive' our mind meaning that we can do things with our bodies to relax our mind.
    ive been wrestling for like 3years now. its just that i dont know what i should be thinking of right before a match. i tend to get so nervous that i start freezing, stalling, etc.
    what should be going thru my mind? set ups? bread and butter? gameplan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hard View Post
    ive been wrestling for like 3years now. its just that i dont know what i should be thinking of right before a match. i tend to get so nervous that i start freezing, stalling, etc.
    what should be going thru my mind? set ups? bread and butter? gameplan?
    One thing you should do is visualize your moves on your opponent. Think about your best takedown and picture yourself doing it on the guy on the opposite bench. Picture in your mind each step at half speed and done perfectly, then speed it up in your mind. Do this for all your favorite moves, but do it slowly enough so that every detail of the move is obvious: where your head is, where your hands go, where you step, etc. Then when you get on the mat, react to what he does and what openings he gives you. Don't think about winning or losing, think about what move will work here and how to execute it. As you do this, the thought process should become automatic - the "zone" that I spoke of above.
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    yeah that sounds very helpful. For my upcoming matches all im going to do is think of my set ups and my moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snackem View Post
    Also like Spider the butterflies and knots in my stomach would grow and grow and grow until the whistle blew then they vanished....I think that this will lessen with mat time.....relax, remember that you're doing this for fun and that you'll get better the more you practice and compete.
    What he said.

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    I was always nervous as $h1t. I could not sit still. I would be jumping up & down like I had 20 Italian espressos then I took no doz. I would be dripping sweat literally down my armpits. All I was thinking was how was I going to survive all this nervousness between NOW & the start of the match.

    But I always found it funny that once the whistle blew something in my head would just snap. I felt focused like I owned the mat like I owned the room. I don't know where it came from but some how I just learned to shut it off & become laser like. I would not be even thinking of the opponent or what he was doing. I would just be thinking how I was going to just do what I wanted no matter what. I didnt see things in little moves from here to here but I saw everything as a whole happening all at once. Hope that helps.

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