Individual vs. Team Sport
You tell the other person, 'This is how you can beat me next time.' That is what makes you better. It forces you to learn and adapt
Being comfortable in my own ignorance I'll admit that, when I came into wrestling, I perceived it as only an individual sport. I was wrong. No one can improve on their own in wrestling; it takes teammates to push you and make you work hard to get to the next level. Don't believe me? Go to a wrestling practice and listen closely to the wrestlers. Listen closely and you'll hear them talking to each other, helping each other, teaching each other. They'll tell the guy they just pinned how they did it, how they found their weak spot, and how they can get better. The coaches are also watching closely, stepping in and offering guidance during and after practice.
Dead weight lifts
One of the harder workouts I saw was the wrestlers use each other for weight resistance. These workouts especially were fatiguing. I felt most for the poor wrestler who was in the role of the weight; their face at times had the look of "please don't drop me."
Before matches, all wrestlers have to weigh-in. If even fraction of a pound over their weight limit, they are eliminated from the match. Making weight in one of the more unique aspects of wrestling. Here's another observation from a neophyte: I went to practice and noticed some guys were wearing only a singlet and others wearing sweat pants and a hoodie. At first I couldn't figure it out, but the answer later became obvious: Some guys were trying to shed water weight before a weigh-in.
My favorite moments with the team were after practices in the wrestling room. After practices ended a few would stick around and hang out. These were the best moments and when I made some of my favorite photos of the team. It was in these moments the team seemed to bond even more, in the joy of each other's company.
Beyond a time to make photos, after practice was also my favorite time to hang with the team. It was endless fun talking with them about their sport, hearing them share stories, and listening to their jokes. I never wanted these moments to end; they were so much fun.
Peyton Williams 2017-2018