The season starts today.
The last 80 days have only been a warm up.
The last 800 days’ preparation.
February has reset your once intimidating record to a mere mortal.
It now contains two zeroes and a dash.
The postseason brackets don’t care if you were undefeated all year.
The only thing they care about is that you score more points than the opponent lining up across from you.
For a full month.
11 Matches in total.
February is my favorite season.
The post season.
The mission is to go undefeated in February.
To win 3 consecutive high school tournaments.
One, progressively tougher than the other.
That is every wrestler’s driving force.
It is the reason a wrestler subjects himself to the sports torture.
It is why a wrestler endures the pain and suffering of the grind of a long season.
It is why every wrestler competes.
February is the toll booth that only lets a wrestler continue their travel on to their desired destination only if they have paid the price.
Exact Change Only.
Having paid the price only allows you to be able to travel on.
It allows you to have a chance.
How much gas you have left, what condition your body is in, and whether you have the wherewithal to overcome unexpected detours that will suddenly erupt on your journey are questions that will only be answered by the quality of your training and the burning inside of your heart.
The field of nearly 20,000 will be narrowed this weekend.
And again the following weekend.
To come up with the 325 most deserving individuals.
Across 15 weight classes.
Will you be one of them?
And if you do reserve your seat on the bus, will you fight hard and smart enough to make the final cut?
To be one of the 15 wrestlers in the state who win their last 4 high school matches of the year.
6:00 pm Saturday, February 27th will be here in no time.
The only question that remains is will you one of the 10,000 in the stands or one of the 15 atop of the podium?
Only February will tell.