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 NUTRITION - WEIGHT CLASSES - PROPER DIET

 

There are 14 weight class or divisions in high school wrestling: 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 275.

A wrestler must weigh in before dual meets (games) and tournaments. A wrestler must weigh on or below a weight to wrestle in that class, for example a wrestling wishing to wrestle in the 119 lb. class must weight exactly on or below 119 lbs.

In January a two lb. growth allowance will be add to each weight class.

Young athletes in their teens should follow a healthy diet that on a daily basis includes nutritious foods. Starvation diets are unsafe and are not acceptable or condoned.

Teen athletes must maintain proper hydration and water intake. The human body, including muscle is approximately 75% water. Wrestlers should drink plenty of water, sports drinks and juices.

Extreme weight loss methods as laxatives, diuretics, saunas, steam baths, spas, and plastic sweat suits are illegal and prohibited by National Federation High School Rules.

Wrestlers planning to lose weight to compete in a particular weight class should consult with their parents and coach. A planned weight loss program should be followed that calls for a gradual weight reduction over a period of weeks.

Medical sports experts recommend that student athletes should not go below 7% body fat. The school trainer can check body fat using skin calipers, for any wrestlers who plan on cutting their fat percentage or dropping to a lower weight class.

Yo-Yo Dieting, (losing excessive amounts of weight and immediately gaining it back) is unsafe and unacceptable.

Wrestlers must be disciplined during the season and cut out foods high in fat.

Wrestlers who may compete on the varsity level in district and state qualifying tournaments must have half of their weigh-ins at the weight they will compete in at the District Tournament. Tournaments count as two weigh-ins.

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