It’s crunch time for wrestlers across the country. Section, district, regional, state, states – whatever it may be called in your area – tournaments are taking place and high school wrestlers across the country are gearing up for postseason competition and focusing on accomplishing their dream of becoming a state champion.
This is a time of year where distractions can deter one from their goals. Nick Spatola, owner of Fort Thomas, Kentucky-based Spatola Wrestling (spatolawrestling.com), recently talked to The Ultimate Guide to Wrestling Camps about what it takes to succeed in the postseason. Spatola wrestled at Indiana University from 2002-2006 and established Spatola Wrestling in 2001. Spatola Wrestling provides individual wrestling instruction, camps, clinics and speaking services while training and working with wrestlers throughout Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky and Indiana.
Spatola, who provided these Tips for Staying Shape During The Holidays for USA Wrestling, provides five tips below on how to prepare for postseason wrestling success:
1. Be in the Wrestlers Zone
You should have tunnel vision and only be thinking about wrestling and school.
2. Make a final push for your conditioning
Take on extra – extra running, sprint or shadow wrestle right after practice, Jump rope – do the extra that your opponent isn’t to get ahead.
3. Visualize Success
Visualization is important. You have to “see” it before you “do” it.
4. Do all the small things right
Get enough sleep, maintain a proper diet, stretch, get good warm ups in before every match – prepare the little things to achieve the big things.
5. Have fun and relax
Be confident that you have prepared and be excited to compete.
“At spatola Wrestling we constantly preach to be the complete wrestler,” said Nick. “If you leave one important ingredient out the recipe of success will not work.”
2014 Spatola Wrestling Classic
Spatola Wrestling is also now taking registrations for the 2014 Spatola Classic. The wrestling tournament takes place March 22, 2014 at Cincinnati State, 2530 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223. The tournament featured over 300 wrestlers last year and is expected to grow to up to 400 competitors this year.
“My plan is to continue to build it as a regional event and eventually turn it in to a national level event,” said Spatola. “I have a great team and am committed to growing it.”
More about Spatola Wrestling
It features a 3,000-square-foot gym that is wall-to-wall mats, features padded walls and also has a fully equipped weight room and gym with surround sound stereo system and TV, with showers to be installed soon. There is also a store front with gear and nutritional supplements. In addition, Spatola Wrestling offers:
Beginners class for new wrestlers: “It’s so rewarding to teach a kid wrestling from scratch,” says Spatola. “My class now has a couple of four-year-olds in it and its great.”
Club practice and drop-in practice available: Wrestlers from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky can be found training at Spatola Wrestling – the Tri-State Trifecta. “It’s great to bring in wrestlers from all over into the same room,” says Spatola. These practices are held evenings from 7-8:30 p.m.
Personal/individual wrestling instruction: Get one-on-one training from a Division I wrestler dedicated to seeing your wrestler succeed – no matter the skill level.
“This time includes me working one-on-one or in a small group with wrestlers,” says Spatola. “We tackle technique specific to each wrestler and work on the mental training and mindset that’s so important in the sport. I have developed many life long relationships with past clients and have been doing it since 2001 when I was still in my parents basement.”
Bring Spatola wrestling to your school: Spatola travels about once a week to a local Cincinnati High School to run the teams practice. These services are also available at other schools and clubs.
Spatola Wrestling Summer Camps and Clinics: Spatola Wrestling is a year-round training facility with camps and clinics for wrestlers in addition to other training opportunities listed above.
Coming soon: MMA classes and training opportunities.
Learn more at Spatola Wrestling