Do Wrestlers Have to Wear Mouthguards?

Do Wrestlers Have to Wear Mouthguards?

When signing your child up for youth wrestling, it may be overwhelming to try and figure out what type of gear you need to get to prepare him or her to step onto the mat for the first time. Do I have to buy one of those stretchy suits? What about the ear pieces? Are...
Should Youth Wrestlers Go to Tournaments?

Should Youth Wrestlers Go to Tournaments?

Youth wrestling tournaments have become big business over the last decade, with multiple national-level events occurring every weekend for the entire calendar year. It is not uncommon to hear of parents taking their wrestler to a tournament on a Saturday, and then...
What Is The Suit Wrestlers Wear Called?

What Is The Suit Wrestlers Wear Called?

As a substitute teacher, I have dozens of students ask me about wrestling when they see my shirts. Many of the questions are centered around the wrestler’s “stretchy suit.”  What is the suit wrestlers wear called? The suit wrestlers wear is called a singlet. The...
Why I’m a Slow Driver

Why I’m a Slow Driver

A daily occurrence in Colorado Springs When I was 24 years old, I went to New York to visit my brother at Cornell. Upon arriving at his place, I was introduced to several of his friends. “So you’re Stryker’s brother?” they greeted me enthusiastically. “We hope you’ve...
The Great Ben Askren, Pt. 2

The Great Ben Askren, Pt. 2

The Great Ben Askren from his college days at Mizzou Anyone who has read my book Love in the Time of Likes knows about my unhealthy relationship with social media. I waste so much time browsing aimlessly and get so worried about things I see that I would be a much...
Searching for Colorado Wrestling Fans

Searching for Colorado Wrestling Fans

     After 30 years on the year-round wrestling grind, I’ve got to say that I’m extremely excited for my first season as a casual wrestling fan. I’ve always been curious to know what it’s like being the drunk guy in the stands, and 2018-2019 will be my first chance to...
Troubles with Malachi

Troubles with Malachi

I’ve only been teaching for a couple of months, but in that time, I feel like I’ve had a disproportionally large number of students named Malachi. And, in each instance, Malachi has come with very specific forewarnings. Whether it’s a word of caution...
Doggy Issues

Doggy Issues

I have doggy issues. They’re pretty severe. So severe, in fact, that I bought this shirt off Amazon. I’m like the girl who hates her dad so much that she decides to have sex with all of his friends to get back at him. My issues have gotten to that point. Understand...
Hasta, ESPN

Hasta, ESPN

I’m neither a democrat nor a republican. In fact, I’m 30 years old and have never cast a vote. I might have registered once when I first turned 18, but I can’t really remember. When I tell this to people, they gasp and tell me how UN-American that is. Our boys died...