Holiday break brings opportunities to compete, train, rest
This week — and in the coming weeks — wrestlers across the country will be on a holiday break from school. For many high school and college wrestling programs, the holiday break signifies a midway point on the wrestling calendar. How wrestling programs treat the holiday break can vary significantly.
Lockport (Ill.) High School, one of the nation’s top 20 high school wrestling programs, will compete in two high-level, out-of-state individual tournaments over the holiday break, Powerade in Pennsylvania on Dec. 29-30, and the Cheesehead Invitational in Wisconsin on Jan. 6-7.
“Having those competitions in there is nice,” said Lockport head wrestling coach Josh Oster. “We have a week, week and a half gap where we can just concentrate on those two individual competitions. We don’t have to worry about how we might shuffle our lineup for a dual meet, and we get to do a lot more individualizing over break.”