Wrestling Reality was created to give you an inside look at what the wrestling world is all about. Every post, page, and feature is dedicated to building a stronger wrestling community, and embracing the wrestling lifestyle-usually with some added humor, because as much as we all love the intensity of the sport, sometimes you have to take a step back and laugh at the crazy lifestyle we’ve chosen to live.

“Once you’ve wrestled everything else in life is easy”

I’ll start things off with that quote from Dan Gable that every wrestler loves to share, except I am going to give you a slightly different perspective on it. Personally, even after a 17 year grind from youth to Division 1 wrestling I still don’t think everything else in life necessarily comes easy; in fact I still struggle to get out of bed before 9 A.M. every morning. But, I do have the mentality that I am wrestler, and because of that I will embrace every challenge I face and smash any obstacle that gets in my way, including that alarm clock when I get out of bed. Wrestling is a very demanding sport that requires a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and dedication, but if you stick with it the return on investment is well worth it.

This blog will serve as a platform to communicate with all members of the wrestling community. After being a wrestler for 18 years (17 which were spent competing)  I’ve experienced and witnessed it all including the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of the sport at every level. Think of me as your tour guide through the wrestling world. I am going to share with you everything you need know to survive and thrive in what I refer to as “the wrestling reality”.

I started wrestling at the age of 6, but never really took the time to reflect on my journey as a wrestler until I was 23 years old.

I remember sitting in my room at Rutgers University after taking the last final of my senior year. My roommates were already packed up and heading home, but I still hadn’t packed a single thing. Why? Because I was in complete denial and it wasn’t until that moment that it hit me; my college career was over. When I graduated middle school I was excited to make the transition to High School wrestling. When I graduated high school I looked forward to wrestling in college. But this time was different; I was graduating from college and my days of competing were over. So I sat that there in silence and took a trip down memory lane.

It was then that I realized how many invaluable experiences I’ve had, how many people I’ve met, relationships I’ve built, how much I’ve learned from it all and how everything played a part in shaping me into the man I am today. Now that I can appreciate the positive influence that wrestling has had in my life I feel compelled to give back to the wrestling community, help others learn from my experiences, and ultimately raise awareness in every aspect of the sport of wrestling.

This blog is intended to guide wrestlers as they transition into different stages of their wrestling career and develop an understanding of what to expect before they get there.

But I will not just cover topics pertaining to the wrestlers themselves. There all different members of the wrestling community including parents, coaches, boyfriends, girlfriends, siblings and so on. This blog will also serve the purpose of recognizing everyone involved with our sport. A wrestler’s support system is crucial to their success and I plan to discuss the different roles people play and how every member of the wrestling community can embrace the wrestling lifestyle.

Regardless of what you’re role is in the wrestling community we are all part of the same family and can learn a lot from each other’s experiences.

At each stage of my wrestling career I made more adjustments, built stronger friendships, and learned new things from different people. My days of competing may be over but I still have a lot to learn and a lot to share. My goal is to utilize my journey to help others make the most out of theirs.

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