Ten rea­sons why you should wres­tle

The Covington News - - Sports -

Wrestling has cer­tainly wit­nessed three very pro­duc­tive years in New­ton County.

Sev­eral mid­dle schools have steadily paced the way by win­ning or fin­ish­ing sec­ond in their area. In ad­di­tion, all three county h igh school squads have end- ed strong in their re­spec­tive ar­eas and state tour­na­ments.

Still, the only thing lack­ing is the par­tic­i­pa­tion from your sons.

Be­low are the top 10 rea­sons your young grap­plers should be wrestling this year: • There have been many boys to come out in the first sea­son and not only have a win­ning record but even place in his area or state tour­na­ment. •

You need to be able to hand fight to play line or line­backer in foot­ball, and noth­ing works more on hand fight­ing and body po­si­tion­ing than wrestling. And the good thing is that the sea­son does not in­ter­fere with foot­ball, cross coun­try, track, golf, soc­cer or base­ball. •

Wrestlers also need a lot of con­di­tion­ing and low body fats, so they com­plete many miles of road work which is great for other sports like soc­cer, cross coun­try and track. •

There are very few in­juries in our sport be­cause you com­pete by weight class.

Michael Smith-Foot

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