I need your input. My son is currently an 8th grader who finished his second season of varsity wrestling. He is really short for his age so he had no problem making 103 either year. He started his season at about 102 and ended around 99lb this year. He is currently playing lacrosse and is still around 100 lb. He is short and stocky, but pretty muscular for his stage of development (very early puberty).
He is under the care of an endocrinologist for his size and he mentioned to the doctor that he wanted to wrestle 103 again next season. The doctor told my son that he had just begun puberty (he's 14) and that he could work out as much as he wanted, but that he should not restrict his caloric intake at this point in his life. The doctor was absolutely adamant that he was currently at a healthy weight for his height (4'11", 100 lb) and that he is NOT to restrict his calories.
I don't think his coach is putting pressure on him to stay at 103. I think it's self induced.
But-how do coaches decide what weight a kid should wrestle and do coaches take into account that most freshmen are still growing and really shouldn't lose alot of weight unless they are heavy to start?
Thanks for your input. I am worried about my son. He is already small and I don't want him to affect his future growth.