Wrestling 101

Wrestling is about competition!

The best wrestlers in the weight class will wrestle in tournaments for the Varsity team.

As wrestling legend and motivational speaker Dan Gable said; “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”

Wrestling is a super competitive sport, where extra work in mat practice and aerobic conditioning will pay off. A match is comprised of (3) two-minute periods of all-out physical contact with 30 second breaks in between. Our players need to be exceptional athletes.

To earn a spot on the varsity wrestling team, the wrestlers need to “wrestle off” for that slot. That is done during Coach's wrestling practice times. For the freshman and sophomore wrestlers — to vie for these slots, it’s recommended that they come to the Open Mat sessions at PSHS. This is a great way to improve your conditioning & skills, bond with your fellow wrestlers, and see your competition.

JV slots for tournaments are open to all wrestlers. These slots depend upon the weight classifications of all the wrestlers participating in each tournament, and the coaches will know how many slots are open during each tournament.

What is the difference between a wrestling match and a tournament?
At Clark and Vines, the wrestling matches are held on Tuesday nights. They are comprised of two schools going head-to-head, with match-ups of wrestlers based on the actual weights of the athletes competing.

The JV matches are organized in a Round Robin based on the number of students in similar weight categories. ANY wrestler in our program is eligible to compete in the JV tournaments – and they are encouraged to do so!

The tournaments are UIL events, with varsity matches based on the 13 weight classifications. Athletes advance based on their wins and losses in each match within their category, which ultimately determines a winner in each weight classification.

Then, on to the State Tournament – and ultimately on the Plano Wrestling Wall of Honor.

Dan Gable is also quoted as saying, “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”

More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride.” Dan Gable


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