In all the matches I've seen I would say "slams" are one area that the officials don't seem to error on the side of cautions. It typically takes what appears to be a intentionally mallish slam before it would be called. Every year several wrestlers get broken bones that end their season. The dislocations also seem to start a pattern of problems as by the end of the season all you have to do is look at a shoulder and it pops out.
This is why I have a great respect for anyone who wrestled. It is a tuff sport physically and mentally. I don’t know of a sport that takes more dedication and work 24/7 (for years)…. It is dedication and more work than most kids don't want to take on or stick with.
However the hardest thing about this sport in my opinion is: Every single point scored in their match is a judgment call by an official. Any other sport there is some type of goal that a ball goes thru or an action happens that is a clear cut score or points are awarded. Not so in wrestling. Over the years I seen thousands of points that were not given or are given based on control or out of bounds…. the line between having or not control and supporting points in or out of bounds is very gray and wide. In one match I seen a wrestler escape probably 15 times on the edge of the mat and he lost 1-0… now in my mind at least four or five times he had the escape…. Anyway he never gave up and never complained went full speed to the end, but that match at districts ended his high school wrestling he took 3rd the other kid took 2nd top two go on. Rough life lesson early on… and it happens all the time to these guy only a few get to end their career with a win, as it is set up most lose and many by a single takedown or escape and many of these were “close calls “ that could have went either way …. This sport build a lot of character, again I have respect for any wrestler who stuck with it.
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