Who knew that wrestling would give Rex so many life lessons. Rex has always been my sports kid. He would rather be bouncing, kicking, catching, or hitting any type of ball than almost anything else in the world. He has had a sweet spiral since the type he could walk and when he started soccer at 5 he informed me he was born to play. This year Rex was able to play flag football for the first time and also was able to test out wrestling. I love that he is into sports. I'm a huge fan of team sports and all the lessons that they teach. Being part of teams growing up are some of my favorite memories and I want that for Rex. He is testing lots of sports out and I'm sure will have a hard time choosing when the time comes. Wrestling was a first for individual sports for both of us. Rex was super excited that he was able to try it out and it was even better that it was through his school so it was lots of his best buddies.
I was a little taken back by Rex's first match. It was my very first wrestling match and wow does that experience go against all natural motherly instincts. I hate that so many kids leave the mat crying because they are either physically hurting or because they just tried their very best and still lost the match. Its rough out there. In one moment to be cringing as Rex is pinned and in the next to be cringing because your son is rubbing some kids face into the mat. I have to say I'm still not a fan but Rex loves it so we do it all again next year.
I may not love it but it is a growing experience for Rex. He has always been a nervous kid. Shy and never wanting to draw the attention of an adult or kid for that matter. You certainly can't be shy when you decide to wrestle. Just you and your opponent out on the mat in front of a crowd of over 100 concerned parents and team mates.
The end of the season tournament was this last weekend. We arrived early for warm ups and Rex was very excited for the big day. Minutes before his first match he rushed over to us to inform us that he was so nervous he was going to throw up. Serious tears, gagging and overall just a hot mess of nerves. Rex always runs nervous but I had never seen it like this before. I rushed him out of the gym in hopes of him not puking in front of his friends and Justin and I tried some fast talking pep talks make sure he new just how proud of him we were and it didn't matter if he won or not. We couldn't talk fast enough. I went into the gym and told his coach that he was having some nerve issues... coach went out to talk to him and 10 seconds later he is out on the mat. He had wiped his tears and was ready to go. I am so proud of him for swallowing the nerves and getting out there. I'm not so sure I could have done it. That first match didn't go so well but Rex rocked out the next two. He had a great day and was so completely excited and proud of himself. It was a day of conquering fears and big emotions!
|Let me sqish you lil boy|
|Click on this one to make it bigger... the look on the other boys face is priceless. Who know Rex could squeeze a boy hard enough to make that face...|
|I'm sure this has a technical name... the short version is he flipped him|