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Jimmy Cinnabon

What year do college wrestlers improve the most?

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I would bet the biggest leap come between the 2nd and 3rd year of starting.  This is when weight and conditioning is well in hand and confidence to become creative blossoms.

I think the level of improvement after ones 5th, 6th, and 7th years of college wrestling declines to almost nothing -- maybe even a net decrease due to accumulation of injuries/advanced age.

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The first 30 days in a college room is usually the biggest leap, even HS studs can get hammered on a daily basis by the backups.  Then they adapt, learn what it really takes to get off the bottom, increase their reaction time and physicality.

After that, comes the technical improvements by room observation and actual competition which is why redshirts are preferred and can make all the difference in a wrestlers career.

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No question - first year. It's hard to notice in the college room, but when you go back to your high school at xmas and manhandle everyone who was close to you the year before, the improvement is obvious.

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