Throughout my senior season of highschool wrestling, I “peaked” at exactly the proper time. I used to be convention champion, sectional champion, and district champion. By successful the district event, I certified for the state event. I used to be crushed within the first spherical 5-2 and by no means had the chance for a wrestle-back. Nonetheless, I had improved over the earlier seasons. Throughout my sophomore yr, I positioned 4th within the convention and positioned third at sectionals. Throughout my junior yr, I positioned 2nd within the convention and positioned third at districts. I at all times ran out of steam and motivation towards the top of the season and by no means certified for the state event. What was the change throughout my senior season?

First, I had significantly better management of my food plan throughout my senior season. I counted energy and misplaced weight slowly. I by no means went a day with out consuming. I used to be by no means starved or dehydrated. I did not really feel weak towards the top of the season. I simply stored getting stronger. Subsequently, my angle was completely different as properly. I used to be assured and I had a real want to qualify for the state event. The 2 prior seasons I used to be feeling weak and simply did not need it badly sufficient.

How can a wrestler peak for the top of the season? Let’s study issues a bit.


Periodization merely includes planning your coaching for the season and even your entire yr. The season is damaged down into completely different phases. Tudor Bompa states, “Usually, a peak efficiency is deliberate to be reached in the course of the aggressive section and can’t be maintained eternally.” Equally, Mark Ginther states, “Peak situation is unattainable to retain for greater than a few weeks on the longest.” In fact, you need to win each match. As well as, you need to be in wonderful situation. Nevertheless, you can’t be in prime situation all season. Subsequently, your coach most likely can have you doing the next quantity of labor early within the season. Towards the top of the season, you may most likely do a decrease quantity of labor however at the next depth. Your final objective is to peak for the post-season tournaments like sectionals, districts, and state.


As I discussed, your quantity of labor ought to go down if you need to peak towards the top of the season. Nevertheless, your exercises could also be extra intense. Depth and brevity is the important thing. Towards the top of the season, you could start to assume extra about match technique. You could start to observe “conditions” that might come up in a match. What is going to you do in case you’re forward by one level within the backside place with solely ten seconds left within the match? It is best to do a rise up probably. You clearly do not need to do a granby roll and attempt to pin your opponent. You should be sensible and maintain on to that one level lead.


Drilling is essential to peaking. For those who drill your strikes religiously in the course of the season, they’ll turn into second nature. Profitable these post-season competitions will likely be simpler in case your approach is flawless and comes naturally.


Restoration encompasses many issues. Ensure to get sufficient relaxation. Ideally, you ought to be getting eight to 10 hours of sleep every evening. Some wrestlers discover that distinction showers (alternating cold and warm water) are useful after observe. A sizzling bathtub earlier than mattress may be soothing and will enable you sleep higher. As well as, do not forget about vitamin.

Intense wrestling and conditioning depletes muscle glycogen and breaks down muscle tissue. Subsequently, after observe be sure you eat some protein and carbohydrates. A shake made from whey protein and a quick digesting carbohydrate supply may be useful after wrestling observe with regard to restoration.


Are you excited and motivated or burned out from the lengthy season? I hope that you’re excited and motivated to win. How badly do you need to qualify for the state event? These wrestlers with an excessive want to win will probably wrestle at their finest. Profitable or dropping is not the top of the world. Nevertheless, in case you do not care in case you win or do not think about your skills then you can be at an obstacle.

Anybody may be crushed. Dan Gable was crushed in his ultimate faculty match. Rulon Gardner defeated Alexander Karelin who had gone unbeaten for 13 years in worldwide competitors. A College of Iowa wrestler named Matt Egeland was seeded eighth within the 1985 NCAA Wrestling Event, however positioned 2nd. He defeated the primary seeded wrestler alongside the best way. I had a teammate in highschool that was seeded final within the district event, however beat the primary seed and certified for the state event. Something can occur in post-season tournaments. Be assured.


Tapering includes slicing again in your whole quantity of coaching. This provides your physique further relaxation. You’ll be able to nonetheless have transient intense exercises. You’ll be able to nonetheless drill and focus in your expertise and technique. However, the full quantity of wrestling and conditioning ought to be lowered previous that massive post-season event.

Dan Gable and the College of Iowa

In Mike Chapman’s e-book Wrestling Robust, he discusses Dan Gable and the College of Iowa wrestling program. Coach Gable would generally have his wrestlers practising twice a day main as much as the NCAA championships. This appears to go in opposition to the thought of tapering, though I do not understand how lengthy these practices lasted and the way intense they had been. Coach Gable even had Ed Banach do a 3rd exercise at 5 a.m. Ed Banach received the NCAA event that yr largely due to that further observe during which he drilled his takedown approach. Would you be keen to pay that worth to succeed in the head of success? Do you keep in mind what I wrote about drilling earlier? Drilling pays off.

The film Hoosiers may be very inspiring. Earlier than the state finals, the coach tells his workforce, “Neglect concerning the crowds, the dimensions of their faculty, their fancy uniforms and keep in mind what acquired us right here. Concentrate on the basics that we have gone over time and time once more, and most essential, do not get caught up fascinated by successful or dropping this sport. For those who put your effort and focus into enjoying to your potential, to be the most effective you could be, I do not care what the scoreboard says on the finish of this sport, in my e-book, we’re gonna be winners!”

Earlier within the film, the coach says, “There is a situation in event play; don’t speak concerning the subsequent step till you have climbed the one in entrance of you.”

I believe that’s sound recommendation. Focus in your fundamentals within the post-season championship collection. Take one match at a time and be decided to wrestle to your potential.

In conclusion, peaking may be difficult. Ensure you get sufficient relaxation. Drill your expertise relentlessly. Do your greater quantity exercises earlier within the season and shorter extra intense exercises because the season nears its end. Just be sure you are mentally targeted and assured in your skills.

With correct peaking, you can be contemporary, rested, and able to wrestle your finest!