The degree of difficulty to swallow the injustice is amplified if you happen to be close with the wrestler, their family, and consider them to be on your dream team in life.
It may have been in the finals when Anthony Sparacio got his hand raised, but it was when he was at a 46% angle in the semi-finals when he won his New York State championship.
I needn’t remind you that you didn’t set out to achieve something ordinary. You set out to accomplish something extraordinary.
Therefore it is going to require an extraordinary effort.
For those rare wrestlers who strive to be great, they take no solace in moral victories or in losing close matches.
They see things in black and white, not in shades.
Black is losing, even in overtime.
White is winning.
There is no gray.
If given a choice, I prefer the wristband. You see, the wristband lasts just a little longer.
Taking 3rd is the hardest thing to do in wrestling.
In order to take third, it means you suffered a devastating loss along the way, and you had the mental toughness and the ability to handle adversity, to regroup and to keep moving forward.
Parents who know the depth of the Section XI tournament. Parents who know that the difference between their kid standing at the top of the podium or standing on the wood floor, may only be 1 point, 1 call, or 1 second.
That one point, 1 call or 1 second will turn into the one heartbreak that will make their heart ache, which will last all of their life.
Parents whose only want is for every wrestler to have the tournament of their life, on this day.
The ability to muster up a little more when the whole world would understand if you quit. READ ONLINE
If you live long enough, life will throw you to your back.
You learn later in life how important the disciplines of wrestling are to you when handling real life problems, especially when facing a seemingly insurmountable opponent – a disease or illness. It is more than a wrestling book. It is a book about life, love, loss and the ability to fight when you feel you can’t go on anymore. READ ALL CHAPTERS ONLINE
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