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Big Sky Wrestling: Improving On and Off The Mats

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Most Sports start at the youth leveL, and in wrestling, that's no different,

"it's to an advantage if you start in junior high or a little bit before.  Kids that get more experience get on the mat, and learn just like anything else, how to react to certain situations faster, so it's an advantage if you start in junior high," explains Big Sky head coach Lanny Bryant.

But even for those that just began their wrestling careers in high school, the staff welcomes them with open arms.

"We have this whole wrestling family here, we're just one big family, and we have Lanny Bryant, his son Cody who was a national champ, and tons of experience.  We have a bunch of coaches who have wrestled at the college level, so everything they say is the right thing, and they help us out a ton," says first year wrestler, senior Robell Bassett.

While they help out with improving on the matt, for a select few who have gotten themselves into a little bit of trouble, they provide another chance, and supporting guidance.
 
"Since I was in trouble originally, throughout that time I thought I wasn't going to be able to wrestle, but they gave me a second chance, and they keep a nice close eye on me, and help me out in practice.  They are great coaches, and nice people to have around in your life," says senior wrestler Jacob Bell.

Each wrestler on the Big Sky team talks about the benefits of wrestling in the program, and they're also quick to mention how difficult the workouts are.

"I thought two-a-days in football was hard, but to be totally honest, being in this very hot room, and all that is unbelievable, it's a great experience.  Every practice I'm on the mat almost passed out in sweat, and I've lost 16 pounds wrestling this year," says Bassett.

"You have to learn how to cut weight right, without basically killing yourself.  You have to have strength, technique, and you can't just go in with technique when going against a kid that is strong, because you'll get overpowered, and you can't be strong and go against a kid with better technique.  You have to listen and learn every single move," adds Bell.

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