Sunday, March 6, 2016

Tucker Wrestling

Wrestling is one of the most difficult things a person can do in life. It's just you and your opponent. There are no excuses if you lose. You can't blame someone else. And if you lose, you get a taste of how terrible defeat is. Then you have two choices, accept defeat and keep losing, or work harder so that next time you can win. Many of the lessons learned in wrestling are directly applicable to life. Life is going to knock you down, but you have to get back up and keep fighting if you want success. You have to make adjustments. And even when you're exhausted and think you can't give anymore, you somehow find that you can always dig a little deeper.

We happen to be fortunate enough to live in a valley where wrestling is embraced. All three of our boys were in wrestling this winter. Tuesday nights were busy between all of their practices. Tucker moved up from the beginner division he was in last year to the harder one this year. He struggled at first. It was hard for him to deal with the losses, but what a great lesson it is for him to learn. He kept fighting and kept working hard and he had some success this year. I am so proud of him and the growth I saw in him this year.

Tucker is in the red shorts in this photo. He's sparring with his buddy Will Wright at practice.

Tucker is wearing the black Wasatch singlet in this one.

Here's Tucker with a 5th place trophy he won at a big tournament up in Layton. There were over 20 guys in his division. He had to wrestle 7 times in one evening. He was pretty tired, but so proud of his trophy. That a boy Tucker!

I think all boys should wrestle. It is so good for them.