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David Hirsch: "I wrestled in college"

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1 hour ago, NJDan said:

So says Dr David Hirsch, omitting that he was an NCAA Champion, while telling his personal battle with Covid-19. Gripping.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/magazine/surgeon-covid-diary.html

 

 

I saw that a while back and thought the same thing.....wow, mentions he wrestled at nationals, didn't mention he won it.  

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5 minutes ago, Lurker said:

I saw that a while back and thought the same thing.....wow, mentions he wrestled at nationals, didn't mention he won it.  

Does it even mention nationals?

 

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Hirsch had a pretty amazing career. Apparently he did not start wrestling until the 8th grade. He won a state championship as a high school senior and that was at 105 pounds. I would imagine he was not recruited at all, being so small. Yet he wins an NCAA title and goes on to become a world class surgeon. https://www.rcshf.org/pages.php?PageID=2&col=detail&id=207

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45 minutes ago, NJDan said:

Does it even mention nationals?

 

I was thinking it did.  Maybe it just said college or division 1 or something, not sure saw it a couple weeks ago.  But you get my point

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1 hour ago, NJDan said:

Hirsch had a pretty amazing career. Apparently he did not start wrestling until the 8th grade. He won a state championship as a high school senior and that was at 105 pounds. I would imagine he was not recruited at all, being so small. Yet he wins an NCAA title and goes on to become a world class surgeon. https://www.rcshf.org/pages.php?PageID=2&col=detail&id=207

and was a finance or econ major undergrad.  Took a bio class and earned a "d" grade.

Then went  to dental school and the rest is history.

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just read the article, it just says he was a college wrestler, nothing about Nationals or that he was a champ. The wrestling community helped him a great deal as well....

My colleagues were helping me, too: checking in, texting, telling me what to do and what to expect. When I got in a panicky mood, I would reach out to my friends and see what they thought I should do. And my wrestling community: I am 26 years out of college, but I was getting texts from old coaches and teammates and current wrestlers. These guys are tough, tough as nails, and it helped me. When I was wrestling and I was tired and my opponent was strong, and I would say to myself, “Am I going to roll over and take this or am I going to get up and do something about it?” I channeled that.

After the wrestlers texted me, I would get up and go walk in the yard. I walked as fast as I could, which was pretty slow, and I tried to take a breath and hold it 10 seconds and maybe expand my lungs. No matter how bad I felt the whole time, I made sure I got out of bed, I put on a mask, and I went out into my yard. I walked around the yard five times. I did not let my lungs get stagnant. By that point I had figured out other strategies too. For example, if you are going to lie down, you have to lie in a prone position, on your chest. It makes it easier to breathe.

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