Within my first 48 hours in Budapest I walked over 20 miles. I walked across the Chain Bridge, up the steps of Fisherman’s Bastion, and walked circles around Budapest’s Parliament. Over the course of a week I probably ate about 20 gyros. But most importantly I got to watch the best wrestlers in the world battle it out for the right to call themselves World Champions.
It is incredible watching the World Championships and seeing the small things in preparation for the incredible event.I’ve learned an incredible amount about this sport. Most things I actually already knew, but seeing it at the highest level emphasizes it even more. Below are some things I saw during my week in Budapest:
I have been around some of the best wrestling America has to offer, but never have I learned more than I did with my experience in Budapest. I am extremely grateful to have witnessed a historic week where Team USA took home Three Gold, One Silver and Three Bronze Medals.
“You have to believe. Through all of the adversity, I stayed the course. It’s not always perfect. It’s truly amazing how powerful your mind is, and the effect it will have on your performance! I am a world champion because of my coaches, my training partners, and my family.” - David Taylor
David Taylor has been quoted as saying “Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a 4x State Champ, 4x National Champ, a World and, Olympic Champ. When you want to be the best in the world you don’t duck people, that’ll catch up to you, you train to be your best.”
David Taylor the “Magic Man” takes gold at Budapest. Seemingly every wrestling fan in the U.S. saw it coming because he has been so dominant as of late, but it has been an uphill battle for the Penn State Alum. Let's look back on his road to get there.
Fall 7 Times Get Up 8
2010: Taylor commits to PSU as a 4x Ohio State Champion
2011: Taylor loses to Bubba Jenkins in the National Finals
2012: Taylor wins the Hodge Trophy and his first National Title
2013: Dake vs Taylor … Taylor loses in the NCAA Finals to 4x champ Kyle Dake
2014: Taylor leads PSU to a NCAA Title… loses to Burroughs in stunner at the U.S. open
2015: Dake again… beats Taylor at the World Team Trials
2016: You guessed it…. Dake beats Taylor at World Team Trials
2017: Controversial Cox Final …. Cox beats Taylor in best of three at WTT
2018: THE MAGIC MAN breaks through and wins GOLD at Budapest
- Third in 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
- Two-time U.S. World Team Trials runner-up (2014, 2017)
- Third in 2015 U.S. World Team Trials
- Two-time U.S. Open champion (2015, 2017)
- World Cup champion (2017)
- Third in World University Games (2013)
- Two-time Grand Prix of Spain champion (2015, 2016)
- Paris International champion (2017)
- Two-time NCAA champion for Penn State (2012, 2014)
- Two-time Dan Hodge Trophy recipient, as nation’s best college wrestler (2012, 2014)
2017: Second in U.S. World Team Trials… U.S. Open champion… World Cup champion… Paris International champion…
2016: World Freestyle Wrestling Clubs Cup champion (Titan Mercury WC)… Second in U.S. Open…Third in U.S. Olympic Team Trials… Grand Prix of Spain champion… �: Stepan Sargysyan Cup champion… Grand Prix of Spain champion… Third in U.S. World Team Trials… U.S. Open champion… Fifth in Golden Grand Prix Final… Fifth in Yasar Dogu International…
2014: Second in U.S. World Team Trials… Second in U.S. Open…
2013: Third in World University Games… Third in U.S. World Team Trials… University Nationals champion… Second in U.S. Open…
2008: U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier…
2007: Eighth in Junior World Championships… FILA Junior World Team Trials champion…
2005: FILA Cadet Nationals champion in freestyle and Greco-Roman…
College: 2012 and 2014 NCAA champion for Penn State… 2012 and 2014 Hodge Trophy award winner as college wrestler of the year… Second in 2011 and 2013 NCAA Championships… Four-time Big Ten champion… 2011, 2012 and 2014 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year… Led Penn State to four NCAA titles…
USA Age-Group: 2007 USAW Junior Nationals champion in Greco-Roman and freestyle… 2006 USAW Cadet Nationals champion in Greco-Roman… 2005 USAW Cadet Nationals freestyle champion… Second in 2005 USAW Cadet Nationals in Greco-Roman…
High School: Four-time Ohio state champion… Two-time ASICS first-team All-American… Dave Schultz Award winner for nation’s top high school wrestler…
By James Kaishian
Collaboration & Mission:
Wrestling Mindset announces partnership with BTS Chicago
By Jake Hunter
The tool is wrestling and the art is the impacted individuals. The craftsmen at Wrestling Mindset (WM) and Beat the Streets (BTS) are expanding their collaboration to the youth in Chicago. BTS Chicago is, “dedicated to improving the lives of children” with a focus on building, “character, discipline and self-esteem through their participation in the great sport of wrestling.” To further this mission, Wrestling Mindset will work with the pilot schools Simeon Career Academy and Kenwood Academy, along with their coaches Montrele Stokes and Carlos Latimer, to support their programs. We will aid their mission with their wrestlers by helping them improve their mental toughness, confidence, and ability to compete through adversity. Both WM and BTS Chicago focus on how the skills learned in wrestling apply beyond the mat to the classroom, life, and careers after graduation.
“Wrestling Mindset has worked directly with several athletes I’ve coached and created tremendous impact in their lives, as individuals and wrestlers. I’m excited for them to partner with BTS Chicago and bring their expertise to the athletes we serve. It truly is a program designed for wrestlers, by wrestlers.” -Mike Powell, Executive Director BTSC
BTS Chicago was launched in 1997, and through the years has partnered with Midlands Youth Foundation, Chicago Park District, and the YMCA network, as well as utilized numerous volunteers throughout the city. The program has grown and is now serving 12 clubs, 18 Elementary schools and over 1000 young people in some of the most challenged neighborhoods in Chicago. Wrestling Mindset is dedicated to actively working with individuals and teams in the BTS Chicago network. On top of directly working with participants, WM will become involved in coaches’ development seminars, with coaches that manage and instruct the athletes BTS serve.
The mental aspect of wrestling is one of the most important parts of the sport and one of the hardest to teach. We are excited for Wrestling Mindset‘s help in working with our student-athletes. - Montrele Stokes, Simeon Career Academy Coach
The relationships the Wrestling Mindset Teamare fostering with BTS wrestlers and coaches are focused on helping them improve their mental toughness, motivation, confidence, and ability to control aggression and compete in challenging situations. These are the skills that translate from wrestling, directly into life, and are the purpose of our work with BTS. Building confidence for a match is similar to building confidence for an interview. This is a skill that Winning Mindset teaches countless teams and individuals across the country. Setting goals as an athlete, as a student, and in a career allows you to pinpoint what you want and what you are working for. The action plan to get there is what outlines the path to achieve it. At Winning Mindset, these are a few of the skills we seek to instill in athletes and teams across all sports.
The techniques and physical improvements gained in athletics help athletes excel in their chosen sport, however, strength or single legs are not what interviewers and employers look for. It is the mental toughness, confidence, and motivation – sharpened through years of athletics – that can impact a person for a lifetime.
Chicago Hope Academy wrestlers, a BTS Chicago traveling elite team.
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