I wrestled in High School. It was very fun. As mentioned, it is the most physically and mentally demanding sport the UIL approves, and maybe in general.
I would add that you should be prepared to face injuries that could potentially put you out of football. I remember dislocating a shoulder, breaking a few fingers and cracking a rib, all common injuries. So are broken collarbones.
Also, get your head out of your ass. You’ll take your lumps against more experienced guys at first, but expecting to lose and doubting at your level will guarantee you suck. Wrestling truly is a sport where heart is equal to conditioning and experience.
I actually got a stinger in my neck. That was one of the most painful things ever for me.
It was funny. Yesterday, we had practice and did a lot of drilling. I got beat almost every time as I was going against all the varsity kids, but somehow coach told me I did good. Apparently I am doing something he likes.
Still, I want to get better, and the only way is to get lumps against the older guys.
Ha! Stingers are practically a way of life. They prime you for things to come. Expect an injury and expect to be asked to “play” through it. More so than in football.
Your coach probably likes that you don’t give up, even if losing. Everyone knows that along with conditioning, skill comes with practice in wrestling. What is important is wanting to win.
Lots of wrestlers quit in the middle of a match. They don’t get pinned but they fuck around and “look busy” so to speak. They always suck but sometimes get a varsity jacket because no one else is in their weight class. The jacket is all they want. Coaches see that and they see people really interested in winning. He’ll probably mentor you until you start winning if the latter is your case.
I want to win. I hate losing. I would rather win than get the jacket.