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Be Prepared

Wrestling tournaments go on all day. By all day, I mean sunup until sundown. Don't make other plans that day. Do not expect to leave at a certain time. Plan to be there the entire waking day and if you get out sooner, you are lucky.
– Missy Johnson

You need to be comfortable when your not wrestling throughout the day. Make sure you have a boat cushion chair.
– Marc Deutel

Concession food is not healthy. You will need food and snacks and drinks... lots of them. Don't forget to throw in the ibuprofen either.
– Kathy Norman

Show up on time and make sure your body is ready to go: drink a gallon of water everyday, keep that healthy diet so you don't gas out, & bring extra clothing.
– Marc Deutel

Bring your camera. You can learn a lot by watching your matches (win or lose) and it is FUN to watch how much progress you have made after a year or two. Of course you can embarrass your kids a decade or two later also...
– Bud Gordon

Make sure you have your wrestling shoes and singlet before you get halfway there.
– Thad Walker

Get Used to the Environment

Find the bathroom and find the brackets.  It is a good idea to take the time to get the lay of the land early on.  It increases your comfort level and lowers anxiety over things that shouldn’t be that big a deal until they are.  It also helps you find places to get away from the noise, heat, and other stressors of an all-day event.
– Matt Keel

Understand how to get yourself mentally prepared for every match.
– Marc Deutel

Let your kid go... cut the cord. Let them experience a big tournament for what it is. They'll grow so much faster.
– Brad Judd

Never forget that this is your kid's journey. Remind them often that you are proud of them and that you are just along for the ride. They will perform better if they are not worried about your expectations.
– Missy Johnson

Don't Fear Losing

Mix it up. It is okay to find some ego boosting tournaments to keep things positive, but dont be afraid to go to a tournament and get your butt whipped. Hit the road and wrestle good competition from all over and then districts, conference, regional and even state tournaments wont be so intimidating.
– Keith Maddox

You're going to lose. You might lose more than you will win. Get used to it. Don't let it get to you. Come off the mat after a loss and think about what you could have done or what you will do next time you face the same opponent. If you are too upset when you come off the mat, you will not be able to learn from that loss.
– Missy Johnson

If you lose you are still learning...
– Brad Judd

Observe the 5 minute rule. After a match ends you have only 5 minutes to cry and scream. Then review what you did right, what you did wrong, and move on to getting ready for the next match.
– Roy Hill

Know how to handle yourself when you win or lose. Learn humility. Practice sportsmanship.
– Marc Deutel

Just because you lost a match or gave up points doesn't make you a loser. It's important to learn what went wrong, where to improve, and look forward to making that improvement, so you do not make the same mistake twice.
– Tony Prata

Just Wrestle!

Go into a tournament believing that even if you aren't the top seed, you will give the higher seed the toughest match you can. Do NOT be timid.
– Tony Prata

Don't learn about any of the accomplishments of the wrestlers you may wrestle. Don't worry who he is or where he is from.
– Dave Goss

Don’t worry about the brackets and who you wrestle.
– Brad Drummond

It doesn't matter how big the building is the circle on the mat is the same size.
– Brad Judd