Wrestling is a sport most of you are not familiar with, but you know of. In wrestling tournaments you have a thing called the weigh in. The weigh in is almost the whole decider of the who you wrestle. If your coach tells you you need to be in the 103 pound weight class, and your 105, you have to cut weight. Luckily, this does not happen much at Fenn, but the weigh in is important. Typically before the fessy tournament I have some people sleep over so we can leave early in the morning. This is always a hard thing resisting on snacking at night with people over. Then, however, after the weigh in is where you can eat a lot. You want to get a couple pounds or ounces on your opponents so you eat a good, but healthy amount after the weigh in. In the Fessenden tournament, you normally have an hour after weigh ins until your first match, and this hour is always quick, and scary. You are waiting to see your weight class, and who your first opponent is, and the next moment, your on the mat.
The scariest part of wrestling, is the wrestling. You constantly have to be on your guard, and ready for anything, all with butterflies in your stomach. When your on the mat, there is three one minute periods, to to beat your opponent. You have a million things going through your head, but you hear nothing at all. In the Fessenden tournament, you can barley hear you own voice, but once that whistle blows, you hear nothing.
In the tournament, you constantly have to be listening for your name as well, because some matches finish in seconds. Sometimes you will wait five minutes before your opponent shows up. That whole town your thinking deeply, and your stomach is turning. Your coaches are telling you to listen to what they say. Shoot! Sprawl! Cradle!, but in reality you hear almost none, but when you listen and do what they say, your almost guaranteed a win.
Wrestling is one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports. For three minutes you give it your all and at tournaments you fight till the end. The Fessenden tournament separates good wrestlers, great wrestlers.