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James Ronca Final Paper Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the world. No one is sure who invented the sport but it was first implemented as a real sport in the first Olympics in the year 776 B.C. The origins of wrestling can be traced back 15,000 years through cave drawings in France; Babylonian and Egyptian relief's show wrestlers using most of the holds known to the present-day sport. More modern day wrestling has weight classes implemented so participants will wrestle people that weigh the same as them, thus starting a trend known in the wrestling world as cutting weight. Weight classes in wrestling were implemented in order to insure the optimal amount of fairness for each wrestler before they step out onto the mat. I…show more content…
Modified wrestling is the same way, no set weight classes just the roughly the same size. But then high school wrestling started, there are set weight classes and they are extremely strict on how it need to be done. In the beginning of each season there is a process that is known as weight certification. What you have to do for that is pass the hydration test, get your body fat checked and then weigh-in. After all that is done your body fat and weight are put into a formula that checks to see what the lowest possible weight class you can wrestle is with having a healthy amount of body fat. They hydration test is extremely important, if you are not hydrated you cannot certify until a later date. You have to pee in a cup and then the instructor puts the pee into a Refractometer and it measures the absolute weight of the urine and if it’s over 1.025 you pass, anything less you fail and have to retry. They do this test so kids can’t suck ridicules amounts of weight, this makes the sport a little bit more healthy I suppose. This new certification process was implanted in 2006 to help insure the safety of the participants (Funk). Every year in high school I wrestled in the 119 weight class. My freshman year my coach/team wanted me to wrestle 103 but I did not pass the hydration test and I just couldn’t make the weight. It was an unrealistic weight class and there was just no way to do
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