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Wrestlers balance the pros and cons of their sport

Ava Stone
Wrestling, despite being physically taxing and mentally arduous, has numerous benefits for those that participate in it.

There are risks and rewards in every sport, but wrestling pushes these risks to another level. As a wrestler in a combat sport, injuries are inevitable and athletes have to consider the fact that they may have to cut weight every week. 


Athletes cutting weight to compete in a certain weight class isn’t new; it has been happening for the majority of the combat world scene whether it is boxing, wrestling, or mixed martial arts (MMA). Junior wrestler Matthew Shaw knows all about cutting weight the correct way. 

“Cutting [weight] really isn’t that hard if you do it correctly. There are right and wrong ways to do it,” Shaw said. “[It involves] watching what you eat and constantly drinking water.”

One of the major issues when it comes to cutting weight is when people try taking things to the extreme. Another big risk of wrestling is suffering major injuries to any part of the body, especially concussions. 

I ended up tearing my ACL two seasons ago in sophomore year and then ended up being out all my junior year,” senior Jayden Amin said. 

The risks in the sport of wrestling have proven to be more severe compared to other sports. Even the most preparation from a wrestler can still result in a major health concern. 

“Risk is part of the sport and it’s something you have to be ready for,” Amin said. 

Shaw explains a major injury he has had was a concussion during last season. Football is known for concussions and has been talked about a lot throughout the years. But according to wrestling has the highest concussion rate of all college-level sports. 

Although wrestling offers a lot of dangers, some believe the positives outweigh the negatives. 

Wrestling helps build confidence and it teaches life lessons. also states that wrestling can be a great way for children and teenagers to stay in shape while bonding with their classmates and peers. 

Wrestling coach Tecuanhuehue is a big believer that wrestling has a lot of benefits as he has been wrestling since he was 11 years old.

Wrestling has a lot of life lessons you can learn. With determination you can overcome a lot of different things because wrestling might be one of the hardest things you ever faced in life,” Tecuanhuehue said. 

Joining the team helps boost confidence and can be a great way to make connections with peers going through similar adversities. 

“The benefit of joining wrestling is the magnitude of things you will learn about yourself. We are also a family when you join the team,” Shaw said.

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Xavier Delgado
Xavier Delgado is in his only year on staff and his final year at Metea Valley. He spends his time producing and listening to music while paying attention to football. He also enjoys family time.
Alanna Bucher
This is Alanna’s first year on staff and her first year writing. She is 15 and a sophomore. She has been on the Metea Valley Varsity Coed Cheerleading team for two years. In her free time, she likes to read, hang out with friends, and spend time with family. She also loves to travel and see new things.
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Ava Stone is a senior on the graphics team, and this is her second year as a member of the Stampede and she hopes to expand her roles into photography and writing as well as graphics. Some of her hobbies include graphic design, photography, reading, writing, and hanging out with friends. She also enjoys making money at her two jobs: Jojo's Shake Bar and Naperville Yard. After she graduates she hopes to go to college to study psychology. 

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    UmidSep 22, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Yea, everything here seems accurate, broke my leg 8th grade and took me more than a year to recover.

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      laylaJan 25, 2024 at 4:08 pm

      Yea i am wanting to and i am in 8th grade but idk if i should