Wrestling techniques differ from light-weight to heavy-weight participant

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Wrestling is a tough sport, no matter what weight class the wrestler belongs to. However, Cat Tracks was interested in how the wrestling styles of heavier and lighter competitors differed.
As anyone involved in the sport can tell you, wrestling requires skill, precise positioning, and flexibility. For smaller wrestlers, though, it is these last two particulars that are most important.
“We have to be fast and agile,” said junior Ethan Totty; “bigger guys don’t.” This was not the only difference between the two sizes, though.
“We don’t want a big wrestler to be trying to do the things that a smaller guy should be doing,” said Tim Johnson, wrestling coach and fanatic. “And if we catch a big guy doing what smaller guys should be doing, we try to fix that as soon as possible.”
The wrestling cheerleaders also learn plenty about the sport and notice the differences between competitors.
“Big guys and little guys position themselves differently,” said senior Courtney Goetz. “Smaller wrestlers tend to move around a lot more and be more aggressive when they try to score.”
Just as well, there is an appreciable difference in the way the two sizes attempt to score in competitions.
“We don’t want a heavier wrestler attacking a guy’s legs,” Coach Johnson said, “because that would put him close to the ground and make him easy to take down.” Being “taken down,” of course, would award points to the other competitor.
Juniors Evan Totty and Cael Johnson also distinguished between the score-increasing actions of lightweight and heavyweight wrestlers. “As a lighter wrestler, I don’t want to try to get the guy in a headlock. I want to aim low and go fast,” said Evan.
The most important things for a lightweight are speed and endurance, Cael added. Faster wrestlers need to be able to stay fast throughout the match.
On the other hand, larger wrestlers are meant to overpower and outmatch their opponents, as Coach Johnson said. “Bigger guys should focus more on upper body stuff, like headlocks, since it is harder to go down and easier to stay away from the floor.”
According to at least one wrestling cheerleader, however, one of the two weights is clearly more interesting than the other. “Heavier wrestlers are [a little bit] more boring to watch than a match between smaller guys,” Courtney said. Of course, that is just her preference, and many wrestling fans would wholeheartedly disagree. Opposing wrestling cheerer, Kiana Wight, enjoys watching all wrestling matches.

Casey Withers
Ethan Totty uses his size to his advantage as he gains points on a fellow lightweight wrestler.

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