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Wrestling weigh-in reactions!

SLHS student is dismayed at the result of their weigh in.

SLHS student is dismayed at the result of their weigh in.

Modestie Hitchcock

SLHS student is dismayed at the result of their weigh in.

Modestie Hitchcock

Modestie Hitchcock

SLHS student is dismayed at the result of their weigh in.

Modestie Hitchcock, Staff Writer

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Every winter, most athletes are entering the season fat and happy. However, the wrestlers go into the season hungry and exhausted. This year, the wrestling team had their alpha-weigh in Nov. 21. The alpha is the weigh at the beginning of the year where the wrestlers try to get down to their lowest weight possible. During the weigh-in, a state certified trainer comes into the school and checks the athletes hydration and body fat percentage. The wrestler must first take a urine sample for their hydration to be tested. After that, each wrestler is put through a skin-fold test where their stomach, tricep, and the scapula is pinched by a caliper. This tool shows the amount of body fat available.

This season, the wrestling team luckily got to have their alpha weigh-in before Thanksgiving, so that they are able to replenish and enjoy the holiday. “As soon as Coach Kuhn told us that the alpha weigh-in was before Thanksgiving, it put a smile on my face. I am happy that I don’t have to sit and watch my family eat the delicious feast and be miserable for the holiday weekend,” said senior Eli Abbott.

Additionally, the team has over 15 weigh-ins throughout the year, so most wrestlers develop a favorite post-weigh-in meal or a craving they have while managing their weight.

According to Alexander Newton, “A craving that I always seem to have during wrestling season is a bacon cheeseburger. After wrestling season that is always one of the first meals I choose.”

Gavin Giles also said, “My favorite post weigh-in meal is a bottle of mixed fruit Pedialyte and a whole-grain bagel with peanut butter spread throughout the bagel with bananas on top.”

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5 Responses to “Wrestling weigh-in reactions!”

  1. Alex McDonald on December 3rd, 2018 10:25 am

    I like to wrestle but losing weight is hard

  2. Brandon Wood on December 3rd, 2018 12:35 pm

    this article is very interesting because I am a wrestler. I know how it feels to not be able to eat anything because you have to lose weight.

  3. Tristin Baker on December 3rd, 2018 12:41 pm

    This is a good article on what you put in the tittle. Good job on this article.

  4. Korah on December 3rd, 2018 2:21 pm

    This must be so hard! I can’t imagine going through all of this.

  5. Libby Munderloh on December 3rd, 2018 2:26 pm

    Dear Modestie Hitchcock,
    I thought this article was really interesting. I liked how you explained the whole weigh-in process in detail. I thought it was funny to read about some of the reactions and cravings the wrestlers have this time of year. It kind of makes me feel bad for them! Nice job!

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