DeVry University is a great college to attend whether you are doing sports or not though they do have a decent wrestling team. This is definitely a great choice for an average wrestler and for any other sport for that matter. College wrestling anywhere is tough even at Devry University, and where every you wrestle, you will have to work hard day and night to achieve greatness.
College wrestling, is probably one of the hardest things you will ever do in life. It takes extreme dedication to have a chance at being successful. For some is takes till their sophomore or junior year just to make varsity unless you are stud. College wrestling is no joke, and not everyone can do it. I'm Anthony Sandi and my goal is to be a college wrestler at Ithaca College, and a successful one at that. I know this wont be easy, but I will never give up no matter what.
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Wrestling is as sport that a person either loves or hates and is the most difficult sport anyone will ever do. Not many people can handle the such intense conditions for a whole season. Wrestling takes physical and mental strength which without a person can not last. I am a wrestle and wrestling is my life. My goal is to make my mark my seniors year by becoming a state champ. I started wrestling my freshman year of highschool and it was the hardest thing i had ever done, but something about it just made me want to come back everyday. I never missed practice and always wanted to get better. Though only JV my freshman year I went 9-1, then my sophomore year I went varsity ending with a horrible 2-9 record. This year I made a huge improvement. I ended my junior year with a 22-8 record. I am very proud of myself but I am no where near being satisfied. I will achieve the title of State Champ no matter what it takes.
Wrestling is an amazing sport that not only prepares you
physically but mentally to face the battle life has to throw at you.
Wrestling is a form of combat sport involving grappling type
techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and
other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two
(occasionally more) competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and
maintain asuperior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying
rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques
have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand
Wrestling is probably one of the toughest sports there is
not only physically but mentally. You need to dedicate yourself harder than you
can imagine if you want to become successful in this sport. You have to have
the heart to continuously push your self even when you think you can't. Success
doesn't come easy.
“Raising your level of performance requires a proper
mentality and meaning from within. This gives you the ability and drive to work
on the things necessary to go to a higher level. When people ask me how to
raise their level of performance, the first thing I ask is, How important is it
to you?” Dan Gable
My name is Anthony Sandi and I started wrestling when I was in 9th grade.
Though I wish I started much earlier than that I still loved the sport. I
worked hard but I was on JV that year. Not quite what I wanted but i kept
working harder and I did not quit. The next year I made varsity after pinning
in my wrestle offs for 152. That season went horribly! I ended with a 2-9
record. I was so discouraged but realized there was so much I could of done to
be better this year. So the following summer I wrestle about 4 times a week at
a local club, I ran every other day and I lifted. I thought I did well and it
payed off in my Junior year of wrestling. I ended with a 22-8 record, but I
went no where in districts so I wasn't happy for long. I worked even harder,
running everyday, lifting everyday, and wrestling as often as possible. The
BIGGEST thing I did though was wrestle in summer tournaments. I wrestled as
many matches as I could get! I ended my summer record at 18-8. Not quite the
amount of matches I wanted but still pretty decent. Now I am in my senior year
and I am ready to have a great season where hopefully all my hard work wil pay
off! So just remember to never give up or let someone tell you can't do
something because you can do anything you put your mind to!
“More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches
self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill—none have
wrestled without pride.” ~ Dan Gable
Today’s workforce is extremely competitive. When comparing
resumes it’s easy to get lost in all the bullet points of software literacy and
past responsibilities. If you really want to separate two seemingly qualified
employees, bring them in for an interview and ask a simple question, “Have you
ever participated in sports at an elite level?”
“Current research indicates that individuals who have competed
in elite level athletics, i.e., collegiate, international, or professional
level competition possess higher levels of emotional intelligence than their
non-athlete counterparts,” says Richard Mendelson, I.O. psychologist and
founder of Dynamic IO Consultants, a consulting firm specializing in human
capital management and other services.
In 1996, Dr. William Brad McGonagle, associate vice
president for administration at Texas A&M University wrote his
dissertation studying how former athletes transfer the skill set they
developed through athletics to the workplace. He found that an employee
with prior athletic experience was able to transfer the lessons of being a team
player and also noticed strengths in accomplishment-based skills, discipline,
In 2002, professors Daniel Gould and Kristen Dieffenbach
published a study in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology which
noted that Olympic champions display higher levels of specific
attributes directly linked to success, in particular emotional intelligence.
Their research showed that these elite athletes displayed high levels of stress
management, interpersonal skills, and self regard.
The conclusion of all this research could be seen during the
1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, when American wrestler, Dan
Gable, won the gold medal without giving up a single point! This is perhaps one
of the greatest Olympic performances of all time. And while this level of
performance would be hard to duplicate on any stage, can you imagine this same
type of focus and determination on display in your office?
While I acknowledge that nearly all athletes at an elite level
have a tremendous amount of drive, wrestlers in particular seem to operate at a
higher level of fortitude. Not that my athletic history is anything to write
about, but I wrestled in college and have been surrounded by amazing athletes
of all sports. I’ve known Olympians, world champions, college champions and
everything in between. The one constant observation is that wrestlers have a
capacity to push themselves harder than most and display an unrivaled mental
toughness—that and a deep desire to eat.
Socrates once said, “I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner
cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.”
Wise words considering being fleet of foot is how a wrestler
starts his day. In the business arena, being fast or strong doesn’t necessarily
rank as a top priority in our service economy. So why should you care?
“Wrestling, in particular, is thought to require more individual
commitment than most other sports due to the nature of the training and
competing itself. The logical inference, then, is that with other sports, an
athlete can go to practice or a game, and then go home to relax. Wrestlers, due
to the weight class requirements, have to maintain their focus and drive around
the clock for years at a time,” says Mendelson, a former college wrestler.
“In addition, wrestling is an individual sport and the athlete
experiences both failure and success as an individual. As a result, the
wrestler endures more physical, emotional, and psychological stress, both
positive and negative, than an athlete in another sport.”
I can tell you that the biggest lesson I learned during my
wrestling career was humility. Even the great Dan Gable lost a match. Over the
years I learned that getting knocked down was just part of the process to work
even harder and to improve. I now encourage the success of others because I
enjoy the challenge of meeting those higher expectations. Even during the
all-night programming sessions to launch new features on Hitched, it has never
felt difficult since I know 100 of those nights will never be as hard as a
single wrestling practice.
The competitive spirit in other athletes might argue that they
too exude these same qualities at the same level. They might be right, which is
why the question you should pose during an interview is asking about their
entire athletic background. Saying that, when the bullet points begin to once
again merge as you stare down two athletes, I recommend you go with the
“Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” ~ Dan