The WIAA is trying to cut back on the practice of weight-cutting in high-school wrestling, according to this report.
How will they do it? They’ll use a preseason hydration test to determine a wrestler’s baseline body-fat percentage. Then that will be used to determine the minimum weight class for that wrestler. Also, no wrestler can lose 1.5 percent of his or her body weight in a seven-day period.
I’m planning to have more on this as wrestling season approaches, as I’m sure there’s some interesting opinions from around the area on this new rule. I’m also sure there’s wrestlers out there who have felt the pressure to cut their weight to make a specific weight class, and this could ease that. I knew some of these guys in high school, and not only was it not very pretty, most of them did it reluctantly. With the college wrestlers I knew, they didn’t think twice about it. It was part of what they do. But as far as I’m concerned, the only reasons for a teenager to lose or gain five or more pounds in a single day are these: mono and Thanksgiving dinner.
But I know weight-cutting goes on — they wouldn’t have this rule if it didn’t — and some must have good reasons to do it. I’d like to hear those reasons to have a greater understanding of the subject.
Wherever you stand on this, feel free to make your opinion known in the comments section below.
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