An Open Letter To Our Wrestlers

By: Ryan Luth

[Ryan, a 5th senior, will be headed back to school in a few weeks to finish his Bachelor’s Degree in English, and compete his final wrestling season. Among other wrestling accolades, Ryan is a 2x DIII All-American, 2x Centennial Conference Champion, 2x CT State Open Champion, and 2x New England Champion. Ryan also holds the CT state record for career victories with 202 high school victories.]

November 28, 2022

An Open Letter to Our Wrestlers

Dear Team Tugman:  

One day you will wake up and realize that this is your last season. Last season, last match, last practice, last bus ride with your team, and the last time you get to feel what it really means to wrestle. Whether you’re in elementary school, middle school, high school, or college, that day comes much faster than you expect. Ask one of the coaches in the room and they’ll tell you the same thing. I’ve been wrestling since I was five years old, and I woke up recently with a strong realization that this year will be my last official wrestling season. With that experience, I’d like take some time to share with you my thoughts and reflections on what it is about this sport that makes it worth all these years of work.

People observing our sport from the outside would often ask me what my favorite part of wrestling is. For a long time, I probably said something along the lines of, “Well, I guess winning.” For a while, I did think winning was my favorite part. When my hard work would pay off in a big way it felt great, and I constantly chased that feeling. I thought that was what I loved about wrestling, and if you asked me my goals every year, they would reflect that thought. I taped the same piece of lined paper to my wall that my brother CJ wrote on in high school that read in gold sharpie: STATE OPEN CHAMP. I would go on to add NEW ENGLAND CHAMP and ALL AMERICAN on my walls, too. But as I spent more and more time involved with this sport, I realized that even though I do love winning, there are so many other things about wrestling that I’ve loved my entire career, even if I didn’t realize it until later.

There’s something beautiful that comes out of the sacrifice and struggle wrestling requires. As we all know, wrestling is hard. If it’s easy, then you’re not doing it right. In order to be happy in this sport, you have to fall in love with the whole process, from training to competing, to that meal you have on the bus ride home with your teammates. Instead of approaching your training with an attitude of “getting it over with,” you should try to appreciate it and approach every day with a positive mindset.

Being a part of a wrestling team is an experience that most people will never understand. The struggle you and your teammates go through together builds some of the strongest relationships you will ever have, and the constant work that wrestling requires genuinely will prepare you for whatever challenges life gives you. Wrestling taught me how to budget time, push myself to my limits (and then farther), battle through nerves, bounce back after a loss, work through adversity, and approach life with a better attitude. Every lesson that you learn in this sport can be applied to other aspects of life. People often talk about how wrestling is a mindset, but I like to think that wrestling builds your mindset. Buy into what your coaches tell you, especially the coaches we have at our club. Everyone here wants to see you succeed, and if you follow the guidelines and advice that Coach Tugman and company provide to you, you will succeed.

Further, it’s important to realize that everybody measures success differently. Being honest with yourself is the first step in evaluating your work. For some of you, success is winning a state, regional, national, or international championship. For others, success might be having more wins than losses, making the starting lineup, or placing at your first tournament. Success could be showing up to practice every day with a positive attitude and being the best training partner that you can.

Success can be a lot of different things, but it is important to understand what your personal goals are so that you and your coaches can put the necessary steps in place to achieve them. Ultimately, though, everyone should have one common goal of giving 100% effort 100% of the time. A loss is only negative if you hold back and don’t try your hardest. If you give all you have, then there’s always a positive to take from the situation, and you can walk off the mat with your head high. Additionally, if you focus on being the best wrestler you can be, that in turn will help your team reach its highest potential. Wrestling is just as much a team sport as it is an individual sport. The second you forget how important your team is, you’ll start to lose touch on what it means to wrestle. Nobody can win at this sport alone.

Behind all of my accomplishments, there was (and still is) a team full of dedicated partners, coaches, administrators, and family and friends that all want the best for each other. I’ll never forget after we won our first Class M championship in high school, my teammate (who many of you know) Gino Esposito made a comment that seeing the team succeed felt better than winning his individual Class M title. Every person on that team got a Class M championship ring, starter or backup, because every person contributed. As you work your way up through this sport, try not to compare your success to others. Everybody starts at a different point, and everybody learns at a different speed. Focus on what you can do to get better and stay consistent.

Wrestling is one of those things that nobody understands unless they are immersed within its world. You can explain how scoring works, what headgear is, the differences between collegiate and international wrestling, or what it means to be in a weight class, but you can never explain how it feels to really be a wrestler. I’ve played football, baseball, soccer, competed in track events, and even tried and (no surprise here) failed at basketball. Nothing compares to wrestling. Appreciate the fact that you are lucky enough to call yourself a wrestler, and be proud of the work you put in.

As crazy as it might sound, one day you’re going to wake up wishing that you had a Saturday morning practice to attend. You’ll want to experience that weight cut one more time to re-discover how good a slice of pizza can taste. You will miss the Sunday recovery when your body hurts from wrestling seven matches in a weekend. And most of all, you will miss how it feels to have your hand raised in front of full bleachers. There’s no other feeling like it. Never take what you have for granted but keep pushing yourself for more. And most of all, fall in love with the process and enjoy it. You cannot escape how hard this sport is, but you can find a way to embrace it and let it build you into an outstanding person. If you can learn to both trust the process and love the process, then your options within this sport and in life are close to unlimited.

Ryan

Why Should Kids Wrestle?

Kids should wrestle for the following 8 reasons

Wrestling is a great sport that teaches so many valuable lessons about sportsmanship, fitness, and life in general. It tests both your physical and mental strength. For years, young children have wrestled with a lot of interest and enthusiasm. Kids mostly start wrestling at school or local wrestling clubs and eventually, succeed in higher competition levels. Wrestling offers plenty of benefits to kids. They not only become fit and strong but also become better capable of handling their emotions. They also learn perseverance and to respect their opponents. Here are the top reasons why kids should wrestle:

Fun activities

Wrestling is a fun activity for kids. Most kids love to wrestle around with each other and even with their parents. In a wrestling class, the child does not only learn wrestling moves but also practices fun warm-up and cool-down activities that help develop wrestling skills. Kids enjoy being in the wrestling rooms and love learning about take downs, reversals and other wrestling moves.

Develops basic athletic skills

Wrestling requires a lot of strength, stamina, and body control. It involves all muscle groups and you need to control them to win the match. You also need a lot of strength, flexibility, and skill to execute most of the wrestling moves. In short, you need good athletic abilities to be able to become a good wrestler.

Teaches discipline

In order to succeed in wrestling, kids need to develop a lot of discipline. They need to practice regularly, watch their diet, and stay focused on their fitness. Not being disciplined enough can hamper the training and can prove disastrous in competitions. Discipline is one of the major assets one gains through wrestling.

Instills confidence

It takes a lot of confidence and courage to wrestle. Wrestling helps build self-confidence by teaching kids to overcome adversity. They learn to stay calm and focused even under stressful situations. Regardless of the competitor or situation they face, they learn to take them on with trust in their abilities.

Kids learn to respect themselves and their opponents

Like any other sport, wrestling teaches you respect. It teaches them to respect and nurture themselves. It teaches kids to be respectful to their opponents. kids meet all kinds of people throughout a wrestling journey. Some who are better wrestlers and some who are not. Regardless of ability, young wrestlers learn to treat each opponent with respect.

Develops competitive spirit

In this fiercely competitive world, a child must learn how to survive and emerge a winner. Wrestling does just that. It instills the spirit of healthy competition and teaches you how to work hard towards achieving your goals. The child learns to work harder and get better to win the competition.

 Fitness

The biggest benefit of wrestling for children is that they become fit and strong. Wrestling is among the premier physical fitness sports. It develops endurance, strength, and stamina. Getting your child to fall in love with fitness at a young age can pave the way to a lifetime of good health. Even if the child chooses not to pursue wrestling in their adult life, they will still value fitness throughout their lives.

Helps build camaraderie with kids from different communities and culture

Through wrestling, your child will get to interact, learn, and play with kids from different communities, and cultures. It will develop the social skills that will help them in all other aspects of their lives.

Looking for the right place for your kid to learn wrestling? Get in touch with us now. The skills your child will learn at our wrestling school will extend into every area of their lives.

Weekend Update – November 5 and 6, 2022

What a great first weekend of November! Lots of action at several different tournaments so let’s jump right in.

War Dogs Fall Brawl – Natick, MA

TTWC sent 13 athletes to this tournament in 7 different divisions. I’m happy to say we had success up and down our roster! A special thank you to Coaches Ryan Roddy and Ryan Luth who guided our wrestlers to a great deal of success. We appreciate you!

Results (Division)

  • Luca Amato – 3rd Place (K-2)
  • Ty Silverstrim – 3rd Place (K-2)
  • Sam Forman – 1st Place (3/4)
  • Chris Weiner – 2nd Place (3/4)
  • Jasmine Weiner – 4th Place (3/4)
  • Chris Weiner – 3rd Place (5/6)
  • Noah Oliveira – 4th Place (5/6)
  • Jasmine Weiner – 2nd Place (Girl’s 5/6)
  • Antonio Arguello – 1st Place (7/8)
  • Jake Rivera – 1st Place (H.S. Freshman)
  • Sophie Brault – 3rd Place (Girl’s H. S.)
  • Ethan Rothman – 1st Place (Boy’s H.S.)
  • Antonio Arguello – 1st Place (Boy’s H.S.)
  • Cael Loria – 3rd Place (Boy’s H.S.)
  • Ty Crann – 4th Place (Boy’s H.S.) 
  • Ian Karlin – 4th Place (Boy’s H.S.)

The boy’s high school division team also finished 6th out of 33 teams despite having only five wrestlers entered! What a great showing! Well done!



In other tournament action this weekend, Sebastian Rodriguez competed at the Bristol Thanksgiving Throwdown and took 1st Place in his weight class. Congratulations!


Lastly, congratulations to Calli Gilchrist who competed at the Princeton Open, a tournament where highly recruited wrestlers compete with college wrestlers. The level of competition is very high but Calli came through!! Calli took 4th Place in her bracket. This is an extraordinary accomplishment. We are very proud of her and are honored that she calls TTWC home!

What Does It Take To Be A Wrestler? 

Quite often, we are asked why some athletes excel in the sport of wrestling and others do not. What qualities make a person a good wrestler? If you too are wondering whether you have it in you to be a good wrestler, this is for you. First of all, remember, anyone can be a wrestler as long as they have a strong will to do and they are ready to put their everything into it. You definitely need to have strong physical characteristics, a high level of skill, and a good work ethic, but there is a lot more that goes into making a great athlete.  

Passion 

The most important thing that can push you towards excellence in wrestling is your passion. No one can excel in a sport if they have been pushed into it by someone or they are doing it just out of peer pressure. The best wrestlers love what they do and they love everything about it-even the grind and the tough training. When you lack passion, you will never come close to achieving your full potential. 

Horsepower or strength 

In wrestling, there is no substitute for strength. Even if your technique is not as good as the opponent’s, you still have a chance to catch him and pin him if you are stronger. Strength is of two types. First, absolute strength, which equals the highest external resistance you can overcome, and second, relative strength, which refers to your strength in relation to your body weight. You need both types of strength to be a good wrestler. To achieve this, you will need a lot of strength training.  

Eager to learn and desire to improve 

The best wrestlers are known to be great learners. They love to be coached and are disciplined. On the other hand, those with a “know it all” attitude often don’t get too far in their wrestling careers. To learn better, you need to trust your coach and always strive to improve your technique and form.

You should be ready to put in long hours trying to perfect a skill. Those who become great wrestlers often concentrate on a technique and put in rigorous efforts till they perfect it. With their efforts, they often turn their weaknesses into their strongest assets. 

A Wrestler Needs Courage 

Wrestling is not for the faint-hearted. The best wrestlers are those who aren’t afraid to put it on the line. They can take risks and are not afraid of failure. They don’t let criticism bog them down. They are able to overcome all fears and face the competition with confidence.  

Consistency and resilience  

One of the most important traits that one must possess to become a good wrestler is consistency. You need consistency not only in your training and diet but in all other aspects of life as well. Every time you go for a match, you should perform consistently, even through your bad days.

You must be prepared to face adversity and setbacks and not let them affect your training or future matches. It is important not to give up and bounce back from your lows, only to come out stronger.  

If you think you have it in you to become a wrestler, all you need to do is find yourself a coach that can train and guide you through your journey. Get in touch with us to know about our training programs. We can help athletes of all ages and abilities learn the sport of wrestling properly.  

 

How Wrestling Can Keep Your Child Fit 

Wrestling

With increasing obesity among children and adults in the U.S., it is important for parents to look for ways to keep their children fit and healthy. They must indulge in some kind of physical activity on a regular basis so that they keep fit and stay in shape. A fun way to keep them in peak shape is to sign them up for a wrestling program. For years, children have played this sport with a lot of zeal. They normally start with local wrestling clubs and then go on to participate in higher levels of competition.  

By joining a wrestling school, your kid can enjoy many benefits. They will not only become fit and strong, but they also learn to handle their emotions better. Here are some of the key health benefits of wrestling: 

Benefits of a wrestling program

Weight loss 

According to the CDC, in the United States, the prevalence of obesity is 19.7% and affects about 14.7 million children and adolescents. Obesity prevalence is 12.7% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 20.7% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 22.2% among 12- to 19-year-olds. If your child is overweight, a wrestling program can help them lose weight effectively and in a fun way. Wrestling involves a lot of exercises, body movements, and drills, which can help burn a lot of calories. With a healthy diet and regular wrestling practice, your child can lose weight and become stronger and healthier.  

Builds inner strength 

Wrestling is a sport that can make your child both mentally and physically stronger. Wrestling is a sport that requires a lot of stamina and endurance. Kids learn to wrestle and perform even in touch situations. They learn not to give up and remain calm even when things are not working in their favor. It also makes them more confident and courageous. All this contributes immensely to their overall well-being.  

Cultivates core strength 

Wrestling works every single muscle group of the body, particularly the core and upper body. A lot of movements derive power from the core and with regular practice, the core becomes very strong. It also tones the back, shoulder, and arms.  

Better heart health 

Heart health should be built right from a young age to prevent heart ailments during adulthood. It has been shown that controlling factors such as obesity and high blood pressure during childhood can significantly reduce the risk of heart diseases during adulthood. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are the perfect way to prevent these risk factors. There is no better way to achieve this than wrestling. 

Reduced risk of depression and anxiety 

In the United States, 9.4% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 5.8 million) were diagnosed with anxiety in 2016-2019. 4.4% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 2.7 million) were diagnosed with depression in 2016-2019. Also, the incidence of anxiety and depression among children has been showing an increasing trend. Any kind of exercise, particularly the kind that involves competitive pressure enhances neurological health, boosts self-esteem and reduces anxiety. Joining a wrestling program helps children get into a routine and lead a more disciplined life. They tend to make healthier choices and have a more positive outlook on life.  

If you are looking for a holistic and professionally designed wrestling program for your child, get in touch with us now. We strive to create a fun and positive environment for children and place them into groups based on their age, experience, and skill level.  

Tournament Round Up – Columbus Day Duals

October 10, 2022 – Team Tugman W.C. sent two teams to the tough Columbus Day Duals this past week. Joined by talent from KT Kidz, we were able to field a Men’s High School team and a Women’s team. The tournament lived up to its reputation as tough and challenging. Our squads wrestled hard and pulled out some great matches. A great experience for all!

A special shout-out to our awesome Coaching Staff, Head Coach Blair Tugman, West Johnson (KT Kidz), and Mike Ross. Thank you for your guidance and patience!

We also want to acknowledge our Outstanding Wrestlers from each squad! Congratulations to Cam Brown (6-0, 3 falls) and Colton Thorpe (7-2, 4 falls) for earning the OW awards! We’re really proud of you!

Outstanding Wrestler Camryn Brown
Outstanding Wrestler
Colton Thorpe