An understanding and appreciation of wrestling as one of the most diverse and one of the very few co-ed sports in Montgomery County is essential. Yet, the sport remains underappreciated and too often maligned.
Wrestling is beautiful. But with that beauty, it must be explored, comes blemishes.
It's 9:00 on a rainy school night, but Jake* is still running. Even after a long day of school, wrestling practice, and barely eating or drinking, his work is not done yet. He will do anything to lose 3 pounds by tomorrow.
Cutting weight gives wrestlers an ephemeral advantage against their opponents. Wrestlers starve themselves to be in the lowest weight class possible, sometimes not eating until after they weigh in on match days. They wear layers during practice to sweat out water weight. This seemingly harmless deprivation puts wrestlers at high risk for an eating disorder.
Social factors, such as one's teammates and coaches, play a role in the development of eating disorders. When wrestlers make their desired weight class, their disordered eating habits are not as bothersome. "Skipped meals, sucked on lollipops, and spit out the saliva to lose water weight" becomes a routine." They normalize this vicious cycle of disordered eating, viewing it as a competition hack that “prepares them for college.”