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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 21)

Blog 21 Week 8 Regular Season Freshman Year     Dang! Just as Dakota was starting to turn the corner and really step up his game! This last weekend might have been his best performance in a varsity tournament so far… But here we are again running into some very frustrating obstacles at the beginning of [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 20)

Blog 20 Week 7 Regular Season Freshman Year Dang! Another crazy weekend that was overflowing with a ton of stress from things that were outside of just the regular family issues and sports. Unfortunately, Dakota and I didn’t do any night workouts at all. However, even though we had an overwhelming, and stressful weekend, it [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 19)

Blog 19 Week 6 Regular Season Freshman Year We’re finishing up Christmas vacation, and beginning the New Year. This has been a rough vacation in some ways. Early Sunday morning while I was busily working on writing my next book, my boy Dakota came downstairs and greeted me wearing an anxious and troubled face again. [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 18)

Blog 18 Week 5 Regular Season Freshman Year             This is a different kind of week. It’s Christmas vacation, and we’re all surrounded by delicious weight-gaining food. And the wrestlers, including Dakota, are not exempt from this holiday phenomena. Dakota is really struggling with his weight this week, as I’m sure the rest of [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 17)

Blog 17 Week 4 Regular Season Freshmen Year The former state champ doorman, Tony, was the same as always. He was extra pleasant and wore that million dollar smile. However, when I entered the back gym’s wrestling room, something was different… The coach was really pushing the boys hard tonight; even more than usual. He [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 16)

Blog 16 Week 3 Regular Season Freshman Year This last Monday night after another pleasant conversation at the front desk with Tony, the former state champ wrestler turned security guard, I headed into the school’s back gym to try to catch the last few minutes of Dakota’s practice. I noticed two things when I got [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 15)

Blog 15 Week 2 Regular Season Freshman Year   Rushed over to pick up Dakota tonight from wrestling practice. I figured I’d get to see the last ten minutes of this Monday night practice, but unfortunately, I missed it. Dang! I also missed out on finding time this past weekend to get a workout in [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 14)

Blog 14 Freshmen Wrestling Season Week 1             Wow! It’s finally here. We had a great preseason that ended with the reward of us eating a bunch of turkey on Thanksgiving. And Dakota, my son, and I were lucky enough to hit the gym twice to lift some weights and do a little running [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 13)

Blog 13 Preseason Week 13 Tonight I took my time eating dinner. It’s my son, Dakota’s last night of preseason wrestling practice with Coach Knapp and Coach West at the KT KIDZ Wrestling Program in Rocky Hill, CT. It’s been one heck of a preseason where Dakota has had a huge uphill battle to face [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 12)

Blog 12 Preseason Week 12             Dang! It’s Monday night again, and Dakota and I haven’t done any drilling for wrestling at all since his last practice. We did manage to get to the gym to lift some weights over the weekend though. But, even though lifting is better than nothing, it’s still not [...]

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