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Losing weight challenges athletes

February 26, 2019


By Brithany Cervantes

Wrestling isn’t for the faint of heart and sometimes athletes must sacrifice something they enjoy. They sacrifice their time, body, mind, and even food. A major part of wrestling involves cutting weight.    Although it isn’t always required, a wrestler must maintain her weight throughout the season. How much the athlete “let go” over the weekend or how much she ate after a meet will determine how much weight she needs to lose.

The athletes find what works with their body to lose the most weight in a short time span, and depending on time, they must push their bodies to limits thought to be impossible before.

For some, running is their first choice. Others just wrestle hard or spit into bottles. Another option some have taken is to sleep off the extra weight or take a salt bath.

Some wrestlers stop eating and drinking water for several days. Most wrestlers usually only have to lose about 2 pounds or are underweight, but some wrestlers lose up to 11 pounds in two days.

I know because I’ve been there.

Usually, I am able to stay at weight, but sometimes I drink too much water or eat too much food when we go out to eat after a tournament. I tell myself, “Oh, it’s okay I have a week.” Then two days before weigh-ins, I have to cut 11 pounds.

What works best for me is to layer up, wrestle harder, sprint, spit into bottles, and sleep. This year, for the all-girls’ Winnebago tournament, I had to go in early the day of weigh-ins to run and wrestle as well.

I knew that this weight loss yo-yo couldn’t happen again so I vowed to use the time I had before to lose the weight. But, I lost my willpower and the same thing happened at the next meet. I love eating chocolate and sandwiches.

I have not learned my lesson, but hope one day I will. I’m a junior so maybe by this time next year, I will have conquered this dilemma. I have made weight all year with some tears and lots of sweat. Cutting weight is not fun and will never be.

I was injured and had to sit out three weeks but I have been cleared to wrestle Saturday at Fairbury .I only have 4 pounds to cut so I should be fine. After all, I have a week!


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