My Mental Mistakes Part II

I was a Redshirt Junior in college (UPenn) wrestling at 174 lbs. Our team wrestled Hofstra and I was wrestling the #2 ranked wrestler in the country at the time. Things I was thinking before the match: – My opponent was ranked #2 in the NCAA. – He won the Southern Scuffle a few weeks…

Wrestling Changes You

After I lost in the state finals as a senior it was a bitter 4 months. I always thought that winning a state title would change my life. What I didn’t realize at the time is that wrestling already changed my life. One message I wish I could get across to every wrestler is that…

Q&A with NCAA Champ Cody Brewer

Wrestling Mindset (WM): You enter the NCAAs as the #13 seed, whats going on in your mind and how do you deal with that effectively? Cody Brewer (CB): In my mind I’m just trying to focus on one match at a time and going out there and believing what I’m good at. WM: What percent of the sport…

4 Youth Wrestling Tips

1. Stop cutting weight!  The number one reason for burnout in the sport of wrestling is that wrestler’s are sick of cutting weight. We have worked with so many wrestlers who were ready to quit simply because they felt they needed to make a certain weight class or because they were sick of cutting weight. Most…

3 steps to Deal with Self Doubts

At this point in the season a lot of wrestlers, even very confident wrestlers, are having self doubts before and during competition. Is it wrong to have these self doubts or negative thoughts? Does it mean that you lack confidence? Does it mean there is something wrong with you? The thoughts/doubts are NOT the main problem.…

Are you the Predator or Prey?

You have a choice each moment on the mat, in school and in life. Are you going to be the Predator or the Prey? Think about the Animal Kingdom. There are Predator animals and their Prey. In college at the University of Pennsylvania I took a class in Animal Behavior. We learned that animals generally…