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Re: Mat side weigh-ins
People can say whatever they want but anyone who is being honest with themselves knows most kids who are serious about winning a state title or on a national level cut a lot of weight and starvation and dehydration is part of that. Sure, healthy eating helps the process, but kids often eat or drink very little if anything at all the last 24 hours. That's just the sad reality of this sport and if you want to be at the top level, very few kids can make it any other way. Go to any national tournament and you see how much bigger the kids are from the Midwest and East Coast and how much weight they cut. It really does become a mental challenge and the most successful kids are the kids that are very skilled but can also cut a lot of weight and still function at a high level. That's why the Navy Seals recruit wrestlers because they know they are tough and used to suffering without food and water and still performing.