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45 pounds and counting, wrestlers strive for weight-loss

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Wrestling is a high intensity sport that involves heavy cardio. This extracurricular activity is based on weight and skill. Players of this sport must drop pounds in order to make the team.

Wrestling is a high intensity sport that involves heavy cardio. This extracurricular activity is based on weight and skill. Players of this sport must drop pounds in order to make the team.

Wrestling is a high intensity sport that involves heavy cardio. This extracurricular activity is based on weight and skill. Players of this sport must drop pounds in order to make the team.

Jessie Martinez, Anthony Romero, and Janessa Meza

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It is a mystery how wrestlers look so athletically inclined before the season starts but, is the process healthy? In the intense sport of wrestling, losing weight has quickly become a requirement to meet the proper wrestling weight which, in a short period of time, can be extremely unhealthy for an adolescent who is still in a critical stage of nutritional development. As the new sport season approaches, Don Lugo wrestlers have been losing a hefty amount of weight and executing extreme nutrition diets just so they can participate in their desired sport.

Straight Health, a website that provides nutritional and exercise information, states that there are five ways that losing weight rapidly is tremendously unhealthy. For instance, some of the ways to lose weight quickly can be done by not eating enough food and not consuming enough nutrients that the body needs. One of the most common ways teen wrestlers have been losing weight is by fasting, wrapping themselves in plastic bags, only eating small portions and drinking gallons of water.

The wrestling team has been proceeding these processes during pre-season to stay in shape all year round. Some Don Lugo wrestlers have been asked by their coaches to lose weight in order to compete in competitions.  Before every season, the wrestling team has to go through a computerized procedure in weighing themselves to find out if they need to lose or gain weight.

Senior Samuel Salazar, who has been on the wrestling team for two years, has been dropping pounds since his first year he started out. When asked about losing weight, Salazar stated, “My reaction was something unexplainable, but it had to be done if I wanted to wrestle. I missed the weight requirement freshmen year but I knew had to come back better and stronger for the next season.” Samuel has been losing and maintaining his weight by using sauna trips while wrapping himself and sleeping in trash bags to sweat off the weight.

Athletic director Mr. Donoho knew about what the wrestling team had to do in order to reach such goals and how they needed to heavily drop some pounds. He wants to make it clear that he does not support certain methods of losing weight that could jeopardized their health. Mr. Donoho commented, “Losing weight is a part of wrestling but now the computer has to weigh in, there is a hydration test and then the computer tells them exactly how much weight they’re allowed to lose and how much they can gain if they are underweight. No kid is cutting 20 pounds in a week because the computer won’t let them do that but it will allow them to cut 20 pounds over 4 or 5 weeks.”

German Macias is a junior and it is his first year participating in wrestling. Before starting the vigorous process to lose weight, Macias weighed about 204 pounds and is currently weighing in at 159 pounds. German had lost 45 pounds during the past three months and is on the journey to lose more weight to meet his goal.

My life revolves around wrestling, everything I think of and anything I put into my body revolves around wrestling.”

— German Macias

Sophomore Issac Somono and Senior Marc Aguilar are both first year, but dedicated, wrestlers on the wrestling team. Both players have had to lose a noticeable amount of weight to be on the wrestling team this year. Aguilar and Somono have stated that they do not necessarily have to lose a major amount of weight when it comes to their coaches asking them to because they try to maintain their weight at a steady number. When losing weight does come into play, Marc usually has himself eat a small portion for breakfast and lunch but when it comes to dinner, he will sometimes skip the meal and not eat at all.

Samuel, German, Marc, and Issac have accomplished an abundance of goals they set for themselves and are all considering to pursue the sport after high school. These young boys have sacrificed their health for it and are willingly losing weight by wrapping themselves around bags, wearing multiple layers, and running up to five miles on a regular basis, in hopes of meeting their weight for this season’s competitions. The parents of the listed wrestlers do not fully support the fact that their child is losing an incredible amount of weight to be on the team, but will support them to the fullest.

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45 pounds and counting, wrestlers strive for weight-loss