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I’m a single Mom to two teenage sons who wrestle.  I have much respect for the sport, the people involved in it, and the kids who do it.

I think wrestling gets a bad rap.

I’m trying to change that.  If I can do it with this blog, then some of my work is done.  Notice I said “some”.

I’m also trying to help build up the program at our school, along with a few other people who also think this is the best sport a kid can participate in.

I will be the first to admit I am not very well versed on the ins and outs of WordPress, so please check both pages and the monthly archive to see all my posts!  Thanks for stopping by!

4 Comments

  1. todd said,

    hello mat mom…so are you ready for the wrestling season to begin..have you ever coached or officaited wrestling? Whats your thoughts and feelings on both hs wrestling coaches and officials? what type of matches do you want called on the mat? A referee who calls a fall fairly, along with all the big calls like back pts, reversals and the key takedowns…what have been the best state and wreslting tournaments you have witness, btw, any thoughts on womens wrestling , and women competing in hs and college wrestling
    thanks
    todd
    pinned7@yahoo.com

  2. matmom said,

    Hi Todd,

    No, I’ve never coached or officiated! I’m afraid my “expertise” (If you want to call it that) comes only from three years of watching from the stands. As far as the refs go, I kind of have a zen feeling about them. Since you can have two totally different pictures from one side of the action to the other, I don’t stress too much about calls usually. Sometimes I get a little vocal when my son is not awarded back points I think he should be getting, but what are ya gonna do. My thoughts on women wrestling…..I hate to sound sexist, but I honestly feel like it’s a rare girl that can get out there and fight with the boys. It’s awesome to see when you do run across one though! My own son dislocated a girl’s elbow once, and that was tough to watch. Whether or not he would have dislocated his opponents’ elbow if it was a boy, who knows. I would never discourage a girl from going out.

    I’m less technical, more heart I guess. I don’t even know all of the signals the refs make! But I do know what I’ve seen this sport do as far as building character, and that’s why I love it so much. And YES I’m SO excited for the season to start! I hope you have a great season too, whether you’re a wrestler yourself or a fan like me. 🙂

  3. todd said,

    hey matmom, so overall what rules do you like and dislike in hs wrestling? do you believe the sport is growing and most hs gyms are packed for duals and wrestling tournaments? Will you continue to support wrestling after your kids graduate for high school? Are more women supporting, and attending more wrestling matches? Are more women into the sport of wrestling? what will be the role of the woman in the sport overall, and even in womens wrestling overall?

    Do you like all of the rules of the sport,Is overtime fair? Do you like a sport where a match could end with a pin despite the score? thanks

  4. matmom said,

    Hey Todd,

    I can’t say I really dislike any of the rules. I am just happy when they are followed. I do think overtime is fair. I like the fact that there are no ties. And yes, I love a sport where a match can end with a pin despite the score! I think part of the reason I like this sport so much is that anything can happen and there really are no excuses. I think it teaches great life lessons that kids don’t get in other sports.

    I would love to see it grow, nationwide. I keep hearing about come colleges cutting it from their programs, and that is very disappointing to me. I wish more people would come out and spectate. It doesn’t seem like the general public will ever want to come watch a dual meet like they do a hometown football game. I’m not really sure if that can ever be remedied. But I do know that a winning team is going to have more support than a failing program, that seems true across the board, don’t you agree?

    As far as whether or not I’ll still support the program when my kids are out of High School, I have no idea. I will probably go watch a dual now and then, but as far as being as involved with the boosters as I am now, probably not. I plan on spending some time with my neglected dog and maybe taking a couple trips after they leave! I do treasure the friendships I’ve made as a result of it though, and will always have a special place in my heart for it.

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