Balancing freestyle and Greco-Roman season with other sports
In the sport of wrestling, summer is prime freestyle and Greco-Roman season. With the Cadet and Junior Nationals taking place at the end of July, top wrestlers from across the country are preparing to compete against the nation’s best and for the right to be called a freestyle or Greco-Roman All-American national champion. Other youth wrestlers are competing in local, state and national summer freestyle and Greco-Roman events.
But even the most dedicated wrestlers take time away from the mat and participate in other sports and today’s top coaches fully endorse young wrestlers doing just that. But finding the balance between freestyle and Greco-Roman practice and competition and participation in sports such as baseball, soccer, football, lacrosse, golf, cross country, weight training and summer camps is a challenge all coaches, parents and wrestlers face.
“I believe there is enough evidence to support having youth athletes participate in multiple sports,” says Joe Russell, head coach at George Mason University. “Specialization is not for everyone. In fact, it can do more harm than good. Having young athletes participate in multiple sports can help their overall development.”