Wrestlers share tips to get ready for upcoming matches

Abby Crutchfield, Entertainment Editor

If you have ever set foot inside the BHS wrestling room, you probably know the sport is unlike any other. This is partly because of the traditions and routines the team goes through.
For example, before competing, every wrestler does their own pre-match routine. Running laps, listening to music, and doing partner work are just a few examples of things that could be included in this.
“You want to wrestle consistently,” says Coach Michael Vander Linden. “By doing pre-match, you put yourself in a position to stay consistent.”
When a wrestler has a consistent routine, they are much more likely to win matches. It allows them the have a good mindset, which is important in order to become successful.
“It helps to establish a proper mindset to compete well,” says coach Tim Johnson.
The importance of a good mindset is drilled into the wrestling team all year. An example of this is the Wrestling Mindset Pillars.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to wrestle. I am aggressive and relentless. I have no fear of losing or making mistakes. I will never ever give up.” The wrestlers say these four statements together at the end of each practice.
“Breaking out into our pillars is important because it reminds you why you wrestle and what to be grateful for,” says senior Damon Hoback.
It is crucial to have a good mindset off the mat as well. A wrestler can use the things they learn at practice during school, at work, and while doing day-to-day activities.
Having a routine helps one to stay focused on what is important. That’s one of the reasons there are so many things wrestlers do to get into the habit of mindset and pre-match routines.

The BHS boys’ team performs their pre-match warm-ups to prepare themselves for the upcoming evening matches. (Brylee Davis)