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February 14, 2012 by David Gillaspie


A couple of local wrestlers popped their shoulders, one just before the regional, the other a few weeks earlier.

Neither are seniors, neither one wanted their season over, and neither moped.

One wrestling mom explained her son’s injury.

“My kid is flexible, but not that flexible. Everyone was yelling at the ref to watch the arm bar. Then is was too late. Our coaches rushed out on the mat to talk to the ref. For the rest of the tournament he was very concerned about other kids’ shoulders. You know what I think? He’s too old to ref if he can’t get down on the mat and save a shoulder. But that’s just me.”

The other wrestling family took it in stride, too. Injuries happen. Once they happen, make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The wrestling dad explained it:

“You don’t want a weak shoulder keeping you from climbing mountains, or water skiing. You don’t want to back down on challenges because you have a bum shoulder. If my kid wants to hang-glide, his shoulder won’t be a question. Once he gets the go-ahead, he’ll have shoulders stronger than he started with. It sucks that this happened and my kid misses the greco-freestyle tournaments, but he’s got one more year.”

Like all wrestling families, they look forward to the next challenge. Their kids have faced problems with help from others. And they will help others with problems when they can.

Wrestling makes you do that. It makes you ask yourself, “How bad do you want it?”

The ‘it‘ part can be championships, being the top guy in your weight on your team, or making it through an entire season.

The bigger picture means learning from mistakes, being a better person because of the hard and painful education. Also in the picture, showing others how to either avoid problems, and work through them.

No matter how good or bad you are on the mat, having been there gives others hope. A wrestler in any group solving problems means finding answers from different angles, different levels, and shaking things up.

There is a legacy, and you’re a part of it. How big a part of that legacy you play is your call.


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