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What it Takes to be a GIANT Wrestler

by Avery Paiste, Reporter

On Saturday, February 6th, some of the wrestlers from Waynesboro High School attended the Virginia Conference Wrestling Tournament. Coach Palmer says it takes three things to succeed in wrestling: hard work, a mental toughness, and good coaching. Some wrestlers on the team agree with Coach Palmer that these things have helped them to get this far in the season.

The team works hard during the season. They have five practices per week sometimes six depending on whether or not they have an event on Saturday.

Tanner Dellett-Wion, a senior who has been wrestling his entire high school career, said “Practice starts with a dynamic warmup. We do things like handstands, cartwheels, our shots [shots are an arrangement of hooks and takedown moves], there’s no sitting down. Then we move into what coach has planned for us that day.”

Another trait a good wrestler must have is mental toughness. The first week of wrestling season is called hell week. “Hell week is the most physically challenging part of the season,” said Wion. That week may be the toughest, but after it is over, they still have the whole season left: many tough practices ahead of them and lots of brutal matches.

The final aspect of a good wrestler is having a good coach. Nerio Teran, another senior on the team, and Wion both agreed that Coach Palmer was the best coach they’ve ever had, which says a lot about the team’s success.

“He’s more than qualified for this job” says Wion. Palmer wrestled from an elementary level all the way to trying out for the U.S Olympic Team in the summer of 1996.

Wion claimed that wrestling has boosted his confidence and motivated him to try things he wouldn’t have normally tried. He went as far as to say that wrestling helps him in other sports because he now knows how to take hit, like in soccer. He said when he is running for a ball at the same time as a competitor he is confident that he will be the one who ends up with the ball

“He makes you want it [to win]” says Teran. That’s the bottom line. That’s what matters when you walk out on the mat, or the court, or any other athletic playing field. Who wants it more; that’s who’s going to win.

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