I didn't really believe Austin when he said he wanted to do wrestling. I don't know anything about wrestling but I clearly wasn't looking at Austin in the right light. I thought 'Austin, you are pretty shy when it comes to sports and you're not a big kid'. This sport is one on one, you can't fall back like in soccer when you just watched the mob of kids run around the field. And even though I thought T-ball might be the best option, he enjoyed it, but couldn't wait till the season was over.
Austin waved the wrestling form in my face when it came home from school and I reluctantly signed him up, reminding him he needed to follow through no matter what.
Two practices a week has been keeping us busy for the past few months. Austin had his first scrimmage a few weeks ago and wrestled one of his friends that he practices with often. The boys had to go first in front of the crowd of one other school and our own. Austin won. I was surprised honestly. He scored the most points of anyone that night against an opponent. Then comes the Novice Tournament last weekend. Austin was up for three matches.
Here he is beaming before his first match.
Austins third match was against a kid a little bigger than him who put up a good fight. I have video of that and he ends up pinning him and winning. 3/3 matches just like that !! So stinkin proud of this kid!
Here is Austin with his first medal!
I am so thankful for Austin's determination. Thankful for the young boys that were so kind when they could have left Austin alone during those first few days of school. Thankful for good coaches who devote their own time and energy into the lives of our young people. Thankful that Austin knew that he was also able to win because he has Jesus in his heart, as he put it. Looking forward to the rest of the season. Oh and Austin did learn more moves...in fact, he has put me in a half Nelson about 20 times since last weekend!!