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James Ronca
Final Paper Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the world. No one is sure who invented the sport but it was first implemented as a real sport in the first Olympics in the year 776 B.C. The origins of wrestling can be traced back 15,000 years through cave drawings in France; Babylonian and Egyptian relief's show wrestlers using most of the holds known to the present-day sport. More modern day wrestling has weight classes implemented so participants will wrestle people that weigh the same as them, thus starting a trend known in the wrestling world as cutting weight. Weight classes in wrestling were implemented in order to insure the optimal amount of fairness for each wrestler before they step out onto the mat. I
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When someone is cutting weight, nothing makes them happy except eating food. You become extremely irritable, everything just pisses you off, you can’t concentrate, and life is just shit for lack of a better term. Kids do it so they can be the biggest kid at the lower weight class. There is a right way to cut weight and there is a wrong way. The right way is to start early, know how your body reacts to less food, eat 6 small protein packed meals a day, stay hydrated at all times, keep to a strict diet and don’t cheat, and work out religiously. If you can do that then the weight will come off and your body will feel 100 times better than if you do it the wrong way. The wrong way is when things start to become unhealthy and bad for wrestlers. The wrong way is the way about 75% of wrestlers do it. Kids think it’s okay to starve themselves, dehydrate themselves to the brink of death, and still think they can work out all the time. Your body can’t work without any fuel. It’s like having a heavy duty Mac truck trying to do its job without any gas, it just doesn’t work. I myself have cut weight the wrong way so I know how it feels, I didn’t figure out the right way until senior year. I would work out in rubber suits and sit in saunas for hours to lose weight. Rubber suits are outlawed by USA wrestling after 2 people died after working out in them trying to make weight. Three


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