Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wrestling Wholeheartedly

There are so many things that keep me from blogging these days and this is one of the newest. Wrestling. The thought never crossed my mind that I would be cheering a child on in wrestling. Jackson decided he wanted to wrestle so we are giving it a shot. He prefers practice to the meets but he is really good and we have made him do a couple. His first meet he wrestled 3 kids and beat them all by points winning the gold medal at the tournament.



and WIN!

Today we went to another meet and came home with a silver medal. The first of 4 matches started off a little rocky. He got thrown to the mat, knocking his loose tooth almost out and he could not focus on anything else. He lost the match by points, came over and spit the tooth in my hand. Poor little guy. I was not sure he was going to be able to recover from the trauma but after a lot of tears we got him back out on the mat: Three pins later he was beaming from ear to ear wearing his silver metal. The kid who knocked out his tooth ended up taking home the gold. Not bad for a beginner.

I have a lot to learn about wrestling but one thing I do know is it is not for the weak. Those kids give it all they've got, using a tremendous amount of energy and strength.