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Had practice today. My partner was a lot heavier than me, but also basically our only chance of having a state champion wrestler this year. I wrestle 138, he wrestles 182. He doesn’t cut so it was only about 40 pound difference and I’m flexible and quick enough that I could use it against him.

During live drills we went about 50-50 with him winning some, and me winning some.

After drills, we did a live match before conditioning. I wrestled him still. He took me down from a front headlock. Held me down the whole first period. Second period, I was stuck on bottom for almost the whole first half of the period, probably about 45 seconds or so. Got to my tripod and got out. He basically stalled for 30 – 45 seconds, I got very offensive. I hit a few over collar shrugs, missed the single and ankle pick from it, barely. I missed it probably 3 – 5 times. With ten seconds left, I hit a duck under but couldn’t get him on the mat before time ran out. Score: 2 to 1 going into the third. He chose down. Ran my spiral and got legs in, held him down the whole period. He bellied out and didn’t work. I was trying to work a power half series almost the whole time, I switched to a Guillotine but couldn’t get it, went back to my power half series. He stalled the whole time, I switched from cross body to parallel leg riding and just couldn’t manage to turn him. Final score: 2 to 1. I probably should have cut him and looked for the takedown, but since he was about 45 pounds heavier than me I don’t think I did too bad.

Looking to beat him by the end of the year.


11-23 wrestling practice

there wasn’t supposed to be practice today because it’s a holiday weekend and a half day, not moratorium yet, but coach tanner didn’t think people would come today. but anyways, coach mark called me and we met at the school and wrestled for about two hours.

we went over front headlock defense – because of what happened last night. we also went over high single finishes, low single finishes, ankle picks, and then on top he really stressed staying behind the arms, covering an ankle and then if someone short sits on you and keeps their elbow in and palm up, instead of coming over top of the arms, to just c grip the back of his elbow and push it so you can get to a two on one. on bottom we worked palm up, elbow in when you are in a short sit position.

i learn so much when i work with coach mark. he taught me some shadow drills, like a level change drill with a reach and then you squat back up. helps with leg strength and makes your stance and level change better, you could do it with a partner if you had one. good practice. even though it was only me and coach mark, oh well, while everyone else is eating and hanging out with friends i’m doing the things they aren’t willing to do and getting better.


2 – 2 tonight. i wrestled the best i have so far in this fall league.

lost my first match to delta, 4 – 2 in Over time. I scored a takedown form a go behind in the first period, threw my legs in and got too high. Gave up a reversal with a second left, screwed up, coulda won. Couldn’t pull through and get another take down or escape, went to OT, tried a grapevine overhook throw, hit it, but got rolled through. teched the next kid i wrestled, lots of doubles and ankle picks, turned him with turks. next match i lost to a state placer from a powerhouse high school, Wasatch. Almost scored the first takedown but they broke it up for potentially dangerous because of the way i had his knee. teched my next kid, lots of doubles and singles. ran a bar arm and turned him, no pin.


God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

Sorry if you don’t like religion. I just like this Prayer. I wrestled at UVU today. I lost both of my matches. I wish I could say I felt close, but I don’t feel like it. I got pinned both matches. My second match I think I would have won if I didn’t get caught and get whipped over into a double grapevine. I was controlling the ties and handfighting good, it wast he kid I wrestled last time and lost like 4 – 1 or 4 – 0 or something. Right there with him, next time I think I can beat him. The first kid, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I just need to get better. Learn to set up my damn low single. Every time I shoot it they end up on top of me and I’m not even close to their ankle. Gotta get better. I don’t know.

Wrestling with Connor at the High school tomorrow hopefully, he’s good. One of the best on the team. He said I could work on things and go slow so that will help. I think he’s one of the only people on the team that wants to see my succeed. Everyone else thinks I’m insane for putting so much time and effort into this. I don’t care, I’m getting better and improving. Slowly, but still improving and I will be a state champ. I don’t give a shit what it takes. Tomorrow after I wrestle with Connor I’m going to do a Sandbag/Sprint/Burpee workout like the one I did last week. Good for conditioning and mental toughness.

My mom said I should find another interest and go out with friends more. Ha. Its funny. This is the only thing I give a damn about. I don’t care if I don’t have any friends right now, Coach Tanner and Coach Mark are pretty good friends. And i have a few close friends I talk to in school and hang out with a few days a week. I’d trade them if I could be a 2x state champ. Not sure what other interest I could possibly have, haha, or even want to have. Whatever, she can think what she wants. I have to work harder than everyone else.  That’s something I’m obviously not doing.
Anyways, I’m out. Later.


wrestled today. wrestled good. went about 80% the whole time. felt good, shots were good. stayed in food position. need to work on my bottom a little more. i’m not sure if i want to use an explosive stand up on an “armadillo” stand up. both work good, but i just need to pick one and go for it. hit a good arm throw from an over-under position. overall good day, when we went live i tech’d the guy i was wrestling. low singles, doubles, high c’s and turks. work like a charm. still need to improve.  lately i’ve been feeling kind of gloomy but this has renewed my wrestling spirit. can’t wait for wrestling.

Also, after I posted the workout yesterday I did a neck workout that had wrestler’s neck bridge, front neck bridge, neck bridge dumbbell press up, rhomboid push ups and dumbbell shrugs.


Yesterday was a rest day, but I experimented with muscles up on a bar. I’m getting close to being able to do them, going to start doing some weighted pull ups and weighted dips. Hopefully, they should help.

Anyway, I’m not sure how to write today’s workout down. I got it from an Enter The Kettlebell workbook, its 3 ladders with 3 rungs of Clean and Press and wide grip pull ups.

Its like you do 1 C&P left, 1 C&P right, 1  pull up, 2 C&P left, 2 C&P right, 2 pull up, 3 C&P left, 3 C&P right, 3 pull ups. And then you repeat it twice so you do it a total of three times. After that I did 2 x 25 swings.

Good little workout, not too hard but not too easy. I’m excited for wrestling season. I want to dominate. I read a blog called Wrestling for Gable, I wish I was Todd Tarpley.  Being able to wrestle that much with guys like Barry Davis, Tom and Terry Brands, Zeke Jones, Randy Lewis, etc, etc two to three times a day 5 – 7 days a week. I’d love it. I can only imagine how great I would be by the time the season came. After high school, I’d like to wrestle in college. In college my goal is to become a Multiple time National Champ in the NAIA or any Division. I hope that one day I get the opportunity to wrestle for someone like Gable, the Brands brothers or Cael Sanderson.  Its important for me to improve and wrestle well these next two seasons and take advantage of camps and the coaches willingness to help me be the best wrestler I can be, and continually improve through college to hopefully one day wrestle for NLWC or HWC. None of this will come without a lot of perseverance and hard work, dedication, sacrifice and commitment.

I’ve also learned who I most likely will wrestle off for the varsity position at 138 next year on our team. His name is Cruz.  He has wrestled since he was a Freshman and will be a senior this year. He’s good with cradles. But he tires in the third period. I plan to wrestle him like every body else this season. I’m going to go out looking for low singles out of the tie but I’m going to be very aggressive mostly looking for a tie up, I’ll stay in good position – solid stance, hands up and defensive and I’ll make him put his hands on me first and I’ll get inside control and look for an ankle pick or sweep single, possibly a high crotch if its there.  I just want to wear everyone out in the first period. You know, break them. Make them not want to wrestle me anymore. I want to destroy anything in my path. Choke anyone who I catch in a front headlock, rip their legs off when I get to them, drive them into another state when I shoot. I don’t know how to describe it as anything else besides I just want to dominate.

Sorry for the long post, but I had to write this feeling down because its something I feel every day and I love it. Peace.