Discipline and Determination

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It is 1:00 in the morning; I wake up and think, "Will I make weight?" I wake up again at 5:30 am, and I'm mentally exhausted from the same question, "Will I make weight?" The two hour bus ride is the most stressful ride of my life, and I can't stop thinking, "Will I make weight?" I pull my blanket up over my head and listen to my headphones. I wake up sweating. When we arrive at Walton High School, we get off the bus, walk downstairs, and I step on the scale. I am 112.5 pounds! I make weight at my 113 pound weight class by a mere half of a pound. All the stress and all the tension is lifted away. I feel oddly weightless and the tingling in my stomach sends adrenaline through my whole body. The tournament begins.

Wrestling has taught me many life lessons that I never would have expected throughout my career. The biggest of these is discipline. As a wrestler, I have to endure and conquer battles both on and off the mat. Discipline is what earned me a spot in the varsity wrestling lineup all four years of high school, as well as the honor of becoming a varsity team captain my sophomore year. The sport of wrestling then taught me to break things down on a daily basis while following a framework to be successful. I have to eat...

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