By: Ixchell Perez
Last year (sophomore year), I had a friend who always asked me to try out for the wrestling team. He insisted that I was going to like it. I didn’t find myself that convinced to do it because I thought the sport was a little too rough for me. I was playing basketball at the time and I didn’t think I could handle playing two sports at the same time. This year, I had a bigger goal. I wanted to try and see if I could play 2 games at the same time I knew this would be a challenge, but I had faith. I started of the year by playing volleyball. After the season was over I joined basketball and wrestling because they are in the same season. I became captain in the JV basketball team. I loved basketball very much because I liked the feeling before and during the game. Those feelings are unforgettable.
My first time ever in wrestling practice I was scared to death. I could not believe that there was a sport like that. A few practices later I started liking it to the point that I had dreams about it. All I was looking forward for, was the end of school so I could run to practice. I became committed to wrestling. I was just a beginner in the 165 weight class. I weighed 161 pounds at the beginning of the season and I lost 7 pounds in a month. I was then 11 pounds under my weight class. I had to wrestle girls who were heavier than me. Yet that did not stop me, it actually motivated me because I was going to be lighter and faster. I won my first wrestling match against Lamar High School, and my second one against Huntsville high school, I remember after losing my first match I was very upset and told myself that I was going to work twice as hard.
I was getting very tired of running back and forth because I had to deal with two sports and it was driving me crazy. I had no time to be social or do anything fun because I always had lots of homework as well. My schedule was busy, so I had to make a very hard decision. My basketball coach gave me the option to choose between the two sports. It was hard to choose one because I loved them both very much. I finally decided to stay with wrestling because I wanted to go to state, but in order to do that I had to be 100% committed to the sport.
Since I was committed to only one sport I had more time to practice on my weak parts. I went to practice every day for 3 hours. I practiced until I was drowning in sweat. Working out is one of my favorite habits. Especially if I’m beating someone up! Ha-ha! Yes, that’s a workout too.
I was and I still am happy with my decision because after all the hard work I won first place in District and I placed fourth at regional and I made it to state and I made history in my school. I didn’t make it to finals in state but I loved the experience. I had lots of fun. I am officially getting ready for this upcoming season because I am ready to go to state again and make it to the All-American Finals. I have been working out this whole summer and I am also eating very healthy.