Once wrestling season starts in the Charlotte, NC area, things take off with a bang. Many teams try to squeeze in 50 or more matches for their wrestlers before tournament time rolls around in late February. One of the more popular ways to maximize the number of matches for a wrestler is with multi-day dual meets. These meets, in which athletes wrestle as many as 10 matches over two days, are grueling affairs for the competitors.
Grueling Schedule for High School Wrestlers
To wrestle the maximum number of matches in a day (5) is tough. But to compete in 5 match days back-to-back can be brutal. Often wrestlers are still competing at 10 or 11 p.m. at night, a time when their non-wrestling friends may be considering sleep (but probably not). Then to board a bus at 6:30 a.m. the following day to hit the mat at 8 am takes a level of fortitude that is hard for a non-wrestler to imagine.
But the grueling days prepare the most competitive wrestlers well for the pressure of the all-important state tournament.
So when February rolls around in Charlotte and venues across North Carolina, three or four matches in one day seems like a walk in the park. But the ground work for those competitions get laid in old drafty gyms throughout the state, after dark, on cold December nights.