WWR Coach Terry Brands on the importance of Freestyle & Greco Wrestling
“Freestyle wrestling and Greco Roman wrestling are the pinnacles of the sport.
I know with the recent developments of the IOC’s decision to potentially eliminate wrestling from the program, there may be the question…
“Is it (Freestyle and Greco) really that important? I mean, are we in danger of losing the Olympic movement? Then, you know, what point is it for me to compete in freestyle or Greco Roman wrestling?”
Well, the answer to that is number one, wrestling people are a rare breed. They’re not gonna stop fighting to get their sport into the Olympic program. So it’s always going to be a part of that.
The other side of that is what freestyle brings to a wrestler. Period!
Whether you’re a wrestler that may only have aspirations to wrestle Division 1 wrestling or Division 2 or Division 3 or NAIA wrestling, it really doesn’t matter because what freestyle wrestling does is it provides what people would call an “off-season” program to compete in. To compete to get better at wrestling, to compete to get better at your technique, to compete to get better at your timing, to compete to challenge yourself in the areas where you’re maybe a little deficient in.
It’s a critical part of development.
And if you want to spin this another way, wrestling freestyle is really the “IN-season” because it is the PINNACLE of the sport. They ARE going to wrestle freestyle and Greco Roman in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janiero.
So the NCAA tournament would be “out of season” and the high school state folkstyle tournaments would be the ones that are out of season. So really, you can spin that either way. And really, the best guys across the country are the guys that aspire to be great champions in the folkstyle when it’s that time, when it’s time to win the state tournament, when it’s time to win the NCAA tournament and then when it’s time to win the age groups for the freestyle events and the Greco events or to win the Olympic games in the freestyle or Greco events.”