Some decent thoughts on the topic. If this is your first year, as a Senior, walking on you’re going to live and die by your ability to learn how to wrestle. All the conditioning and strength on the planet is not going to help unless you strive to be fundamentally sound. You need mat time. The sooner, the better.
In the last two years, I have felt I was in pretty good shape. It is easy for a powerlifter to fall in the trap of just training and minimal work outside of that. I realized I needed to pick up the pace and we have been doing a lot of sprints, sled pulls, heavy carries, etc.
When winter hits, I have a few friends that fight MMA up here (friend rents a small space with a full size mat) and I will head up and wrestle with them. We have some college kids who join us, as well. This goes on for like 2-3 months 2X a week for like an hour and a half. The reality of things is when I first started, I was gassed terribly. I was a sweaty fuggin mess. It was almost comical and I felt bad for the guys who had to pair up with me.
It took about 3 weeks until I started to do alright.
I guess the point I am trying to make is like 165 Champ said, focus on the things your coach is going to have you be doing in season, so you can hit it and not have it be a detriment to your mat time.
Beyond that, be an absolute mat whore.
Drill the basics like your life depends on it because it does. Be the first guy on the mat and the last guy off.
Good luck in this undertaking. I think it is courageous and will end up being a real positive undertaking for you.
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Thanks dude, ill talk to him about maybe using a mat after school one day, and what kind of conditioning to do.