General Comments Regarding Young (Light-Weight) Wrestlers
Preparing for the Olympic Trials
The following is excerpted from an August 95 letter to Bruce
Gabrielson by Ken Chirtow. Bruce felt the information important
enough that he has provided it here.
- 1. The best light-weight wrestlers weigh 8 to 15 lbs heavier
wrestle. Hit the weights hard this fall.
- 2. Work on mat wrestling a lot, both top and bottom.
Freestyle at the senior level is as much on the mat as on the
3. Wrestle men whenever possible.
- 4. Look at it as a nothing to loose, everything to gain
experience in training for and trying out for the team as a high
schooler. The pressure is on the older guys. Your best
wrestling is still in front of you.
- 5. Get some tapes of the competition and study them to see
works at the weight your trying for and at that level of
competition. Scout the competition if you can.
- 6. Don't loose sight of doing well at the scholastic/high
school level. It's very hard for light light-weights to earn
college scholarship opportunities.
Regarding eligibility, take note that the youngest wrestlers that
will be allowed to try for the Olympics will not be able to wrestle in all quilifiers.
For some events the wrestler must be at least 17 on
the date of event. For regional qualifiers, you must be 17 during the Olympic year.