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If there is no season this year, a lot of wrestlers may pack it in. This could be more likely at non-scholarship programs. One thing that has happened over the years, especially at the high school level, the number of average guys has gone down. Not training and not competing is bad for our sport. 

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Can you blame them? For most that aren't on a full-ride you're still spending thousands of dollars each year at a university. Now, perhaps more than ever, guys are being forced into looking at the bigger picture of their post-athletic careers. Regardless of where you stand on it, Covid is forcing a lot of people to look in the mirror.  

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3 hours ago, LHU125 said:

Can you blame them? For most that aren't on a full-ride you're still spending thousands of dollars each year at a university. Now, perhaps more than ever, guys are being forced into looking at the bigger picture of their post-athletic careers. Regardless of where you stand on it, Covid is forcing a lot of people to look in the mirror.  

Binoculars or mirror? 

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Fully agree will be a big issue with non-scholarship/D3 guys.  The technical proficiency and mat time required - to even wrestle at an avg D3 school - takes a huge hit when you miss an entire season.  Soccer, football, baseball, basketball etc etc players don’t regress to the extent a wrestler does by missing an entire year.  Probably similar with swimming, gymnastics and a few others.  Kids at D3 level just say no mas.  I mean at least in hs there are rivalry matches and u can be halfway cool on the wrestling team, most of that is irrelevant at D3 schools.  Could be off base though who knows 

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On 8/20/2020 at 1:23 PM, Chicobeans44 said:

Fully agree will be a big issue with non-scholarship/D3 guys.  The technical proficiency and mat time required - to even wrestle at an avg D3 school - takes a huge hit when you miss an entire season.  Soccer, football, baseball, basketball etc etc players don’t regress to the extent a wrestler does by missing an entire year.  Probably similar with swimming, gymnastics and a few others.  Kids at D3 level just say no mas.  I mean at least in hs there are rivalry matches and u can be halfway cool on the wrestling team, most of that is irrelevant at D3 schools.  Could be off base though who knows 

Those sports also benefit from being able to progress without an opponent. Certainly not as fast as with an opponent, but you can work on your shooting game in basketball for example. 
  
shadow wrestling is great, but it’s super hard to actually get better without a live partner, at least for me

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