Benefits Of Wrestling Range From Exercise To Overcoming Adversity

This is the second in a series of articles highlighting the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association; the first ran on July 30th.

From getting a great workout to building confidence and fun, wrestling has numerous benefits for participants. Just ask trainers and officials for the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA), which is about to begin its fall season.

“Aside from the obvious benefits of getting in shape, making new friends and learning new skills, wrestling also improves a young athlete’s mind, making them focus, pay longer and work on their memory. This helps many of our wrestlers in school and with household chores, ”said Curtis Urbina, head coach of the Newtown program.

I have also heard from many of our teachers and educators that since their students started wrestling, their students have become better students and friends while attending school. Their confidence has been increased and they are better protecting their friends from being bullied or teased, ”said Urbina. “We are very proud of our student athletes and hope to be able to welcome many newcomers to our program.”

For NYWA President Nick Veneziano, the mental and physical aspects are the standout things – confidence, strength and stamina.

“Number one is confidence,” said Veneziano. “While we as athletes strive for physical fitness without mental fitness, we know that we cannot do our best. Regardless of the playing field. “

Veneziano said that self-confidence is especially important among the younger wrestlers and he has seen growth in that area. “After just a few weeks or so, you see kids who don’t look at you when they come and barely say hello using eye contact and talk,” Veneziano said.

According to a NYWA statement on the benefits of the program, “Wrestling uses every part of the athlete’s body during training and competition. Wrestlers build core strength and develop great cardio endurance. As a source of energy, training and games are uninterrupted and without downtime. Confidence is built by getting hard things done. Wrestling puts athletes in situations where they need to meddle and fight to reap the rewards. If a wrestler has mastered a skill, scores with an exercise he has practiced, or wins a match against a tough opponent, it is because of the work he has put in. “

Participation in wrestling is different from many other sports due to the nature of grappling.

“Every wrestler has the chance to take part and compete. Unlike many team sports, there is no bench press, politics or favorites, ”the NYWA statement said.

In addition, wrestling offers athletes of all sizes the opportunity to compete. “Wrestlers are grouped by age and weight, so it doesn’t matter if you’re short, short, tall or tall,” according to NYWA.

Dealing with adversity is something that wrestlers can take from their sport. While this can also be true in team sports, dealing with adversity is unique in individual competitions like wrestling. “In every game, someone will win and someone will lose. Losing in a team sport is disappointing, but different when it’s only about an individual. In wrestling children learn how to lose gracefully and, above all, how to leave it behind quickly and work hard to improve for the next match, ”the NYWA statement said.

Mental strength is another important part of wrestling. “Wrestlers have to prepare mentally for a match, learn to stay calm under pressure and to deal with fears and nervousness over and over again. This repetition makes them second nature and prepares them for life. It becomes easier to approach a speech or interview because you’ve learned to step up when it’s time to perform, ”according to NYWA.

NYWA officials believe their athletes should be involved in multiple sports, in part because of the benefits of cross-training that result in improved flexibility, balance, and coordination.

“At NYWA, it is very important to us that our athletes are involved in multiple sports. So as soon as spring rolls in after your first season of wrestling, you start to feel the huge impact that wrestling has, be it running a little longer or doing a proper push-up, ”Veneziano said.

And of course it’s a good thing to have fun in sports.

“It’s fun to win, it’s fun to compete and it’s fun to learn and perform new moves. Wrestling is an individual sport, but there is also a special connection that all wrestlers share, ”according to NYWA.

The fun begins before the fall slate begins in mid-September. NYWA will host a free class for aspiring wrestlers on Saturday, August 28, from 12pm to 1pm at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. There will be clinics on September 18 from 3pm to 4pm and on October 9th from 12pm to 1pm (both also in Edmond Town Hall). There will be winter and spring wrestling campaigns following the fall season.

To learn more about NYWA and to sign up, visit

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Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) aspiring ninth graders from left are Andrew Cory, Ian Karlin (Pomperaug High School, Southbury), Marc Maurath, Thomas Morgan, Kenna Gioffre, Brendan McAnaspie and Charlie Dunn. Not pictured: Jakob Wenis. NYWA is returning to the mats for the fall season in September with classes for aspiring wrestlers starting Saturday, August 28, from 12pm to 1pm at Edmond Town Hall. The program is designed to provide an outlet for movement while building confidence, mental strength, and more.

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