The two people I Researched for my vision are Patrick Pitsch and Anthony Robles. I choose to do these two for a variety of on the surface reasons. A few of which are that they both were very successful wrestlers for Arizona State. The next reason would be that they were both 4x national qualifiers, with Patrick winning 3 Pac-10 titles and Anthony earning 3 All-American honors as well as a national title. So as you can see they both had successful careers, but what I want to focus on right now is their success at getting to the national tournament. When it comes to wrestling, it is a very real fact that any given wrestler can win on any given day. Like any martial art using the right technique or just having a hard noised attitude can turn a person into a successful wrestler. It is for those reasons why I choose these two wrestlers. Anthony Robles was a technician, the man executed a series of different moves so well that he went undefeated in his senior campaign and only gave up something like 8 offensive points all season, which is almost unheard of. While Patrick Pitsch is on the total other side of the spectrum. When it came to technique he was not the greatest wrestler, but that wouldn’t stop him. The man was a hard noised brawler, he would fight to win in every position on the mat. He gave 100% in all of his matches and that is why he won most of them, because he wouldn’t quit or let up ever. He was nothing but none stop action.
Their actions on the mat have given me some insight on what I need to do on the mat to be a successful college wrestler and reach my vision of qualifying for the national tournament. Those insights are:
- I need to focus on the moves I do well and utilize them in matches.
- I need to fight for every position I’m in, no matter how bad it may look, I have to always keep fighting.
- A positive outlook.
The last insight I discovered was to always have a positive attitude. Patrick and Anthony were always positive whether it was a win or a lose. I believe that is key. If you think you are terrible, you are going to be terrible. It’s as simple as that, Remain positive and success will follow. These two have 6 Pac-10 titles, 8 national qualifications, and 3 All-American honers between them. The had to be doing something right, and I firmly believe that part of what they did right is what I just stated above.