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In Their Own Words – 2017 Edition

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I believe wrestling is the greatest sport on earth and the people involved in the sport are some of the greatest people in the world.

I know it has been an invaluable asset in my own life. 

It has taught me how to fight and how to win against my toughest opponent – life.

I love telling stories about this sport and the people involved in it.

It is my passion.

I would like to tell your story.

I am requesting wrestlers, coaches, parents and fans of the sport to submit their story.

I will help you fine tune it, edit/re-write and highlight it.

With multiple intents:

  1. To post selected interviews on my blog.
  2. To publish the very best interviews and stories in a book called “In Their Own Words”

The writers of the stories selected for the book will be contacted and will be given:

  • Free eBook copy of the book (Kindle, iBook, Google Play, Nook)
  • 1 Free Paperback copy 
  • Unlimited copies at cost.

It is a great way to memorialize your story and see it in print. 

If you would like to participate in this endeavor please send your replies to johnapassaro@icloud.com 

Feel free to submit a story on any topic, from any perspective – as long as it is authentic.

Also, It is very important that you include pictures relating to the story.

Unfortunately, due to space restraints, not every submission will be posted on the blog.
Don’t allow this to stop you from submitting, I am committed to having the best stories told. 

Topics For Wrestlers

What drives you to be the best?

What has the sport of wrestling meant to you in your life?

What is the biggest life lesson that wrestling has taught you and how difficult was it to learn?

Who is your biggest influence and why?

If you could wrestle one match over in your career which one would it be, why and what would you change? How often do you think of that match?

Everyone has that one match that taught them the most – which one was yours and why?

What was the best match that you have ever wrestled and why?

What is your best wrestling memory?

What does wearing the Section XI singlet at state mean to you?

How is it to be coached by (Insert your favorite coach) …

Any funny stories you would like to share?

Provide a picture that means the most to you and then describe it.

Tell me something about yourself that most people would be surprised to know?

Would you rather be the hunter or the hunted – why?

What advice would you give to a wrestler just getting into high school?


Topics For Wrestling Coaches

What has been your greatest gratification coaching the sport of wrestling?

What is your best wrestling story?

What is the best upset you ever coached?

Describe the one kid who didn’t win a championship where you know the sport of wrestling changed his life.

Who was your biggest influence and why?

What advice would you give to a young coach just starting out?

How much of an influence do you think a coach has on a young athlete’s life, future?

When were you most proud of your wrestler?


Topics For Former Wrestlers

How has the sport of wrestling affected your life off the mats?

Do you miss competing and why?

What advice would you give to a young wrestler?

Would you want your child to wrestle and why?

What is your best wrestling memory?

What was your best match you ever wrestled?

Is there one match in your career that you always think about – why?

What is the greatest adversity you have overcome in your life and how did being a wrestler help you to overcome it?


Topics For Wrestling Fans

What is it about the sport that attracts your interest?

What is your best wrestling story?

What is the best match you have ever witnessed and why?

What was the greatest upset that you saw?


Topics For Wrestling Dads

We have all made mistakes as wrestling dads, what is the one thing you learned along the way?

What advice would you give to a new wrestling dad?

What was the hardest part of being a wrestlers dad?

Was it more important to be your son’s wrestling coach or his dad while he was wrestling and why?

What do you wish your son will pull from the sport of wrestling?


Topics For Wrestling Moms

How hard is it on the rest of the family to live with a wrestler?

What do you wish your child will learn from this sport?

Why is it important to you for your child to wrestle?

Can you watch your child’s matches?

When were you most proud of your wrestler?


Please feel free to answer as many of the above questions that you would like.

And if there is a topic or perspective that you would like to write about that isn’t listed, feel free to write about it and send it in.

Submissions can be sent to johnapassaro@icloud.com


I am looking forward to reading and posting great stories about the greatest sport on earth.

JohnA Passaro


Here’s some finished submissions:

My Biggest Fan – by Anthony Cirillo

My Little Boy Acted Like a Man Today – by Kate Heyd

The Gamut of Emotions of a Wrestling Mom – by Eileen Nordquist

Being a Wrestler’s Mom is Tough, and I love it – by Jill Cuba


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