Why Wrestle?

Four years of participation in our program will provide a student with steady growth in the following Health, Physical Education, Recreation (HPER) areas:
  • Wrestling Techniques:  The development of attacks and counterattacks for the purpose of demonstrating control over the opponent through takedowns, breakdowns, pinning, escapes, and reversals.  Hundreds of combinations, moves, and holds are possible.
  • Motor Skill Development/Athletic Ability Development
    • Posture-Body PositionHaving good body position in athletic stances, holds, and counterattacks.  Being able to stalk down an opponent from space to contact while staying in good position.  
    • Footwork, Motion, Balance & AgilityKeeping proper position and balance when defending and attacking.
    • Changing LevelsRaising and lowering the body to attack and defend.
    • Penetration Steps:  Moving forward to penetrate an opponent’s defense to gather a takedown and control of the opponent.
    • LiftingLifting an opponent off the mat who is actively attempting to prevent you from doing so.
    • Back-Stepping: The action taken (footwork, motion & level changes) to begin back-step 
    • throws (headlocks, hip throws, arm throws, etc)
    • Back-Arching: Throwing an opponent from his feet to his back in a high amplitude manner (suplex, body-lock, etc). 
    • Hand-fighting:  Pummeling and battling with an opponent for leverage & position.
    • Hip-Heisting:  The rapid changing of direction and movement of the hips.  
    • Flexibility:  Range of movement in a joint or series of joints, and length in muscles that cross the joints to induce a bending  movement or motion. 
  •  Aerobic Exercise:  Exercise to build endurance through light-to-moderate intensity activities that are sufficiently  supported by aerobic metabolism, and can be performed for extended periods of time. 
    1. Distance Running 
    2. Weightlifting: Circuit training, body weight lifts, etc.
    3. Technical Drill:  Practicing technique without the opponent resisting.  
  • Anaerobic Exercise:  Exercise intense enough to trigger lactate formation and the promotion of strength, speed, and power within the athlete.
    • Weightlifting:  Power and strength-explosive power.
    • Sprinting:  Speed and agility-explosive power.
    • Live Wrestling:  Combative wrestling which exercises the body both aerobically and anaerobically.  
    • Hard Drill:  Technical drill with some opponent resistance.
The two types of exercise (aerobic & anaerobic) differ by the duration and intensity of muscular contractions involved, as well as by how energy is generated within the muscle.
  • Work Ethic:  An ethical principle that places greatest value on hard work, and diligence.  It is a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.
  • Mental Toughness Mental toughness is a collection of attributes that allow a person to persevere through difficult circumstances (such as difficult training or difficult competitive situations) and emerge without losing confidence.  
    • Stress reducing techniques & self-esteem development.
    • Positive imagery/visualization.
    • Repetitive mantra.
    • Goal-setting.
    • Knowing what you can and can't control.
    • Knowing how you are valued.
    • Knowing the importance of routine.
  • Proper Nutrition & Eating for Performance:  The foods we eat provide energy (calories) and nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals, and water. Eating healthy foods in the right amounts gives your body energy to perform activities, helps you to maintain a healthy body weight, and can lower your risk for disease.  
  • Socialization:  Process by which individuals acquire the knowledge, language, social skills, and values to conform to the norms and roles required for integration into a group or community. It is a combination of both self-imposed and externally-imposed rules, and the expectations of the others.
  • Self-Defense:  The use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm due to the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he or his family are in danger.  Wrestling is a martial art trained by the Ancient Mongols, Greeks, Romans, and others.  Wrestling teaches you to control a person who is attacking you, and is largely viewed as one of the three foundational sports of mixed martial arts--wrestling, jujitsu, and kickboxing.
  • Improved Academics:  
    • 99% of Iowa’s top academic students participate in a high school activity.  
    • Activities support the mission and goals of West Monona Schools.
    • Activities are inherently educational.
    • Activities foster success in high school and later in life.