1988-EIWA.jpgYes..., that's me on the mat. I'm passionate about wrestling because I truly believe that it taught me lessons and habits that have made a difference in my life and in the lives of the other young wrestlers that I first met so many years ago. I believe that wrestling will do the same for you.

In this blog, my plan is to cover a wide range of topics..., from eating right before a match, to thinking about your education and how to achieve your own life goals. Sometimes the article might be random..., a quote from an athlete I admire, or even a movie that I got a kick out of.

Dan Gable is a legend in wrestling. He was a two time NCAA Division I National Champion and won a Gold Medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich Germany.

Gable grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. When he was 15 years old, a teenager from his neighborhood sexually assaulted and murdered his 19 year old sister. Although Gable has called his sister's death the biggest loss in his life, he did not allow the tragedy to affect his focus on wrestling. Instead, he thought of it as a reason to train with even more determination:

“The more you can settle into focusing on what you have and what you would like to do and where you want to go — a positive point of view — the quicker things turn around and positive things start to happen."

So, welcome to my blog.

Coach Mark