What has Wrestling Given Me?

What has wrestling given me?

Stitches in both eyebrows and staples as well.

Nose broken multiple times with countless black eyes.

Stitches in my chin and chips in my front teeth, both top and bottom.

Cauliflower ears on both sides.

Broken fingers that no longer align.

Torn ligaments in my wrist, knees, and ankle.

Knee drained every week for months.

Two knee surgeries, two big toe surgeries, and a nose surgery.

Broken ribs with torn cartilage in between.

These are a few of my favorite things (not really).

Me after a college wrestling tourney. I'm not afraid to use my head!

After a college wrestling tourney.

Wresting has given me physical injuries

from my head to my toes. It has dealt out pain from a countless number of blows.

Yet with everything my body has endured, wrestling has given so much more.

What has wrestling given me?

Strength in my body and also in mind.

Courage to take on every challenge.

Skills to defend myself and protect others.

Love in action from my father and mother.

Knowledge that I’m not always in control.

Evidence that I will reap what I sow.

Discipline to do what the average person won’t.

Love for the process of trying to become great.

Respect for others who’ve been in my place.

Teammates turned family for they are more than friends. They are my brothers through thick and thin.

Opportunities to travel all around the nation.

Connections with others who share this infatuation.

Confidence that comes from conquering fears.

Passion galore, in the form of laughter or tears.

Unmatched work ethic to back up my dreams.

These are a few of my favorite things.

Family pic

What has wrestling given me?

All that I’ve listed and so much more.

Everything on this list is real and true, but one question remains…

What has wrestling given you?

God Bless,

Coach P

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. -Genesis 32:24