The next five weeks are very emotional as the WIAA state series starts. My recommendation to all wrestlers is to focus on what you can actually control! Below are a few items that you can control that will help you be better prepared for the upcoming tournament series (regionals, sectionals and state).
1. Getting Better: you can make some nice gains in the next five weeks if you look for small areas to improve. I would recommend working on finishes. As you wrestle higher-level opponents it gets more difficult to finish your attacks. Don’t look for the silver bullet move! Everyone has similar technique so there is no secrete move.
2. Nutrition: as most wrestlers are watching their weight it is important you are giving your body enough calories to have great practices. Here is the link to the nutrition page on the WWF Website.
3. Sleep: your body needs rest from the day-to-day grind of wrestling. Some studies suggest that the lack of sleep leads to fatigue, low energy and poor focus. The same studies also show that during your time sleeping is a time for your body to repair itself. All things that is very important in your matches in the coming weeks.
4. Have a routine: go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time. Use the same pre match routine throughout the tournament series. Eat the same foods after weigh-ins that has been giving good results. Don’t try something new not knowing how your body will react during competition. Have the same positive self-talk with yourself be for each match. Don’t make any match bigger than the other!
Good luck to all the wrestlers, coaches, families and fans! Enjoy the journey and look for the positive moments within it.