Burnt Hills Wrestling: Frequently Asked Questions

When is the wrestling season? When are the practices?
Practice starts begining of November. Competition starts in early November and lasts until the late February or early March. Fall sports athletes join the team once their season ends. Practices are every day after school ending between 6:30 and 7:00pm.

There are meets during the week and we attend tournaments many weekends, see the schedule at http://bhwrestling.com/schedules/. Some tournaments are on Fridays and Saturdays, and wrestlers may get off school those Fridays to attend these tournaments.

I’m not very big. Isn’t that going to be a big disadvantage?
No. Wrestling is one of the few sports where size doesn’t matter. There are 15 different weight classes, ranging from 99 to 285. Wrestlers only compete against other wrestlers that are in the same weight class. The team usually needs freshmen and sophomores to fill many of the lower weight classes. Because of that, wrestlers have an unusual opportunity to make the varsity squad as an underclassman. Often, they will be competing against other underclassmen from rival schools as well. Typically we have a few freshmen earn a varsity letter every year.

How does a wrestler make the varsity team?
Only one wrestler competes for Burnt Hills at each weight class. If a wrestler wants to wrestle on the varsity and there are other wrestlers at the same weight, then there will be “wrestle off” challenge matche, the winner gets to wrestler varsity. There’s no politics, coach preferences, or favoritism. There are multiple opportunities to challenge for a varsity spot through out the season.

What are the weight classes?
In high school, the weight classes are 99, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, and 285. On January 1st, 2 pounds are added to each weight class to allow for growth during the season.

 Who is a good “prospect” for wrestling?
Almost anyone who has the desire to learn and the heart to compete. Wrestling is a test of strength, conditioning, and skill. You will learn the skills you need during practice, and wrestling itself is a great sport for improving both strength and conditioning. Some of the best wrestlers are tall and skinny, while others are short and full.

Where are the tournaments and how long do they go?
Tournaments are more often than not, semi-local. We wrestle at Syracuse; Batavia; Oneonta; Albany; Virginia Beach, VA and more.

Tournaments are a commitment in and of themselves. Weigh-ins are conducted in the early morning – the day of the tournament, usually between 6:30 and 8am with wrestling starting by around 9am. The younger wrestlers tend to finish earlier in the day generally wrestling 2 times (they are most often done by 1pm) whereas older wrestlers wrestle more matches and are usually done by 3 or 4pm.

I didn’t wrestle and am not really sure about this sport.

You are not alone. Burnt Hills wrestling applauds your efforts in letting your child try something new, not only to him or her but to you as well. Take some time to read through the “Parent’s Guide to Youth Wrestling”, download . There is a ton of information and it will take some time to read through everything.

What is headgear and is it required?
Headgear is designed to protect the wrestler’s ears. If headgear isn’t worn “cauliflower ear” may result. Headgear is not mandatory but strongly recommended by our coaches. To acquaint a child to wearing headgear parents are encouraged to enforce the use as soon as the child starts wrestling. Headgear can be purchased from any Sporting Goods store.

The following excerpt was taken from http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/cauliflower_ear.html

Cauliflower ear occurs after someone gets a hit or repeated hits to the ear. Wrestlers and boxers are more likely to have cauliflower ear because their ears may be hit while they’re in a match. These blows can damage the shape and structure of the outside of the ear. For cauliflower ear to form, the ear has to be struck hard enough for a large blood clot (lump of blood) to develop under the skin. Another way cauliflower ear can happen is when the ear’s skin is stripped away from the cartilage, the flexible material that gives a normal ear its shape. Wearing the right headgear when playing sports – especially contact sports – is a must.

Should I be concerned about skin infections? How can I prevent them?
Unfortunately skin infections are common in all sports.
Wrestlers are encouraged to shower immediately after wrestling practice or competition. When showering, it is important to use a mesh scrub with antibacterial soap. This aids in removing any unwanted bacteria and infections the athlete might have picked up during skin to skin contact.
Another important prevention technique is to thoroughly clean and disinfect all wrestling mats as well as equipment, including all uniforms and towels, after every use.
Athletes should also be discouraged from sharing such items as unwashed towels and uniforms even shoes and headgear.
Following proper hygiene practices and thorough disinfection techniques can greatly decrease the risk of obtaining skin infections among wrestlers.
Download: Skin infections in wrestling Download this PDFGETTING BACK TO THE BASICS from wrestlingusa.com

How do the competitions work? Is wrestling just an individual sport?
Wrestling is both an individual sport and a team sport. The team competes in both dual meets and tournaments. Dual meets are a competition between two schools, and team points are awarded based on the results of the individual matches. Tournaments usually involve anywhere from 8 to 32 schools, and once again team points are awarded based on individual placement in the tournament. During the season Burnt Hills usually has one or two competitions per week. The tournaments are always on Saturday, but dual meets are frequently held during the week in the evening.

How does the state tournament work? Does everyone get to go?
No. It is very difficult to qualify for the state tournament. The top 2 individuals in each weight class from each of the eight districts within the region advance to the Regional tournament. The top 4 individuals in each weight class from each of the four regional tournaments advance to the state tournament where the top 16 in the State meet.

Are there junior varsity competitions?
Yes, most of the varsity tournaments have a junior varsity division as well. Plus, there are JV only tournaments that Burnt Hills JV wrestlers compete at.

Are there a lot of injuries in wrestling?
No. The rules are designed to protect the wrestlers from any technique that works against a joint and causes injury. However, wrestling is a tough and physically demanding sport. A quote from USA Wrestling Club Organizing Guide has the following to say about Risk of Injury: “Wrestling is a contact sport and injuries will occur. As would be expected, wrestling has more injuries than tennis and swimming, but most wrestling injuries are minor, consisting of sprains and strains. Wrestling has fewer serious injuries than football, soccer, basketball or ice hockey. There is a lesser chance of getting seriously hurt when wrestling than when riding in a car, skateboarding or riding a dirt bike.”

I have heard that wrestlers have to lose a lot weight in order to compete. Is that true?
No. A very small minority has abused weight limit rules in the past, but Scholastic wrestling has enacted aggressive policies in recent years to prevent excess weight “cutting” and rapid weight loss by dehydration in order to reach a lower weight class. A base-line body-fat measurement is taken for wrestler at the beginning of the season while that wrestler is fully hydrated. A conservative and safe minimum weight is calculated based on 7% body-fat. No wrestler is allowed to compete below their established minimum weight class.

Can girl’s wrestle?

I play football. Is wrestling a good second sport for me?
Wrestling builds strength and conditioning, and teaches you how to beat the man across from you “one-on-one”. It is a very good complement to football, and many NFL players have wrestled in high school and college. While you might expect many linemen to have wrestled, the list also includes Heisman trophy winners like Ricky Williams, Bo Jackson, and Archie Griffin.

What equipment do I need?
All you will need to buy is wrestling shoes and headgear. If you were braces, you must have a mouth guard. Burnt Hills provides the wrestling singlets (uniforms) you wear when you compete.

As a parent, is there anything that is required of me to help Burnt Hills Wrestling?
Parents are encouraged to assist the club in various tasks throughout the season. Committees are organized where tasks can be handled expeditiously by spreading out what needs to be done throughout the wrestler’s parents. When it’s done this way, it’s less work per person and things get done in a timely manner.

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