Regional wrestling can be game of motivation
Here is what area wrestling coaches are telling their teams this week:
Don't cash it in now.
There is too much work to be done. The regional wrestling tournament is this week, and now isn't the time to think about the spring.
Don't allow yourself to be pinned.
Battle three periods whether you win or not. Train hard this week and be prepared when the regional tournaments kick off on Friday and Saturday.
We will find out a lot about what types of wrestlers are on area teams this weekend.
"Let's just say you don't look forward to the end," Bonner Springs coach Dan Burns said. "People that look forward to the end don't end very well."
Wrestling coaches have wrestlers with mixed levels of success on the mats.
They worry about their wrestlers who have not had a lot of success finishing the season strong. They try to pull the most out of each of them.
Sure, the coaches know the in the wrestlers are tired. They understand the four-month season has created a list of haves and have-nots.
They understand the journey is what you want. They inspire their wrestlers to keep wrestling because they know that at moments anything can happen. The have-nots can quickly become haves but it takes determination.
Other wrestlers, like Brett Delich, do not need any inspiration.
The Mill Valley wrestler is in his senior season. He has wrestled since he was 5 years old.
Some kids play video games. Others shoot hoops or read books, but wrestlers like Delich enjoy the grind, hard work and discipline.
They dream about days like Saturday when a regional title is on the line.
The hope is that they inspire other wrestlers to perform and practice.
A wrestling coach's job is to get the most out of their wrestlers.We will find out what messages worked on Saturday.