A.L. wrestling cares about health

Published 10:26 am Saturday, February 12, 2011

I am writing this in response to the letter from Marlin Johnson and his thoughts about the Albert Lea High School wrestling schedule being excessive. I have been around this sport and this team for a number of years, and, yes, my son wrestles. Knowing these young men, I think I can say without a doubt none of them are missing anything about their “teen years.” The Minnesota State High School League has strict rules about match counts. Maybe in the old days dieting was an issue. Today’s wrestler is examined by professionals and a minimum weight is determined. Wresters these days manage their diets and simply eat healthy. But they do not miss out, like any other teen, they have their pizza.

I think I can safely say that each of these kids loves to compete and want to at any chance they get. Individual matches are six minutes maximum, not many of them would like to work hard in practice to wrestle six minutes or less once a week. Look closely, and you will see most sports have a schedule that is more than once per week. We also have a coaching staff that is dedicated, among other things, to the health and well-being of the student athletes.

Albert Lea has many fine sports programs. The wrestling program is well-known and respected around the state and consistently represents our community well. If you haven’t had the opportunity, come out and watch a match and see one of the premier programs in the state. Talk to any of the young men and you will see their dedication and love for the sport.

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Paul Carsten

Albert Lea