My New Life As A Wrestling Mom

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

In the fall, Nolie signed up for a two week wrestling camp being offered at our local high school. At the end of the camp, the coach asked him to join the wrestling club for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. So somehow, I've become a wrestling mom.

I'm not going to lie, it's a bit terrifying at times watching him out there on the mat (especially this past weekend, when he was paired up against kids that were definitely too big for him), but he (usually) gives it his all. He's always been a fan of pro wrestling (like WWE), but he's truly falling in love with amateur wrestling. He may be tiny and inexperienced, but he's got a lot of heart. He's even won some matches at his meets!

Things they don't tell you when your kid starts wrestling:

  • Meets are really, really long. And I'm not talking like two-hour-baseball-game long; I'm talking like four or five hours. There was one meet where there were more than 550 matches and his last one was like 482. You're going to be there awhile. Pack snacks, and if you have other kids, definitely pack stuff to do. Trust me, your sanity will thank me.
  • Wrestling shoes are expensive, even for little guys. Nolie is still in kids' double digit sizes, and his shoes were still $50. I don't even spend that much on my shoes (what can I say? I'm cheap).
  • Amazon is going to be your best friend. We don't have many options in town when it comes to sporting goods. It's basically just Dick's Sporting Goods, which doesn't actually have much for wrestling in the store (at least at our store). They have a lot more online, but Amazon has a lot to offer at usually better prices. I did get his shoes at Dick's (they had a few styles in his size) so he would have them for practice that night, and we also got him a mouth guard there, but his practice singlet and headgear have both come from Amazon at better prices than we would have gotten on the Dick's website.
Our schedule is definitely more full than it used to be, but it's been an amazing experience seeing him learn and grow on the mat.

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