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Feb. 20, 2004

Cutting weight to make the cut

by Easha Anand, Page Editor
Shorts, long johns, pants, sweats, snowpants, undershirt, tee, sweater, hoodie, jacket, two hats, one scarf and a pair of gloves, and senior wrestling co-captain Alan Coleman is ready.

In the next 45 minutes, Coleman will sweat off five pounds. He will climb 60 flights of stairs on nothing but a tablespoonful of peanut butter and a mouthful of water, gargled during yesterday’s practice to convince his throat he’s getting rehydrated, then spit out to prevent water weight. At 3:30 p.m., the naturally 150-pound athlete will be 135 pounds. Coleman will make weight for his meet; he always has.

Coleman is joined by 58 percent of his high school wrestling peers in a quest to make weight, a quest that can lead to impaired muscle recovery, cardiac complications and death.

In this two-part series, Chips looks at athletic activities that translate to intense awareness of weight and in which shedding pounds is encouraged, if not overtly, then by custom. Wrestling, which accounts for nearly three in four instances of eating disorders among male athletes, represents the most patently male version of anorexia and, despite increasing awareness of consequences, is rampant among MCPS wrestlers.

Days of starvation
Senior Scott Nguyen weighs in on Feb. 13. <i>
Senior Scott Nguyen weighs in on Feb. 13.

Senior Scott Nguyen, a Blair wrestling co-captain, explains that it’s helpful to compete at least a weight division (one division is usually five to eight pounds) below your normal weight for two reasons. First, it’s better to be the heaviest wrestler in a class than the lightest. Second, since so many wrestlers cut pounds to make weight, you’re essentially wrestling people with the muscle mass of a heavier opponent.

According to Nguyen, wrestlers regularly lose around five pounds at the beginning of a season because of strenuous, six-day-a-week practices. However, once their new muscle and lost fat even out, athletes who want to wrestle below their natural body weight need to go the extra mile.

At first, Nguyen tried to wrestle close to his natural weight of 118 pounds, convinced that the energy he saved by refusing to cut would make him stronger. Although he has returned to that weight class this year, when the Blair squad lost their 103-pound wrestler last year, Nguyen says he felt pressure to replace the other athlete to help out the entire squad and boost his personal record.

Over the course of two days in 2002, Nguyen went from 112 pounds to 105 pounds. He worked hard at practice, wearing sweatclothes to keep in the heat; he came home to a cup of plain lettuce (his only meal for the day) and another workout (treadmill, draped in a plastic bag); he spent days at the YMCA sauna sweating off pounds. As soon as he weighs in—roughly two hours before his match—Nguyen joins the rest of his team in the locker room to “eat like pigs" as compensation for days of starvation.

The gospel of cutting

Coaches, says Nguyen, will regularly keep track of the weight of every athlete on the wrestling squad and will warn athletes if they’re dramatically overweight close to upcoming meets.

Senior Muamba Muanankese, another wrestler, says that Blair’s coach, Jake Scott, never encouraged him to make weight but that the trade secrets of cutting come down from other wrestlers. “Pretty much everyone does it," he says, “so you hear things, see what people are doing."

National Institute of Mental Health researcher Jim Grizell attributes the dramatic and harmful weight fluctuations of wrestling to practices like those of the Blair wrestling squad. Such practices, he says, generate a subculture where the wisdom of rapid, voluntary dehydration is passed down from older wrestlers as gospel. However, he points to a 32 percent incidence of eating disorders among wrestlers and several recent deaths as a wake-up call for the community.

Wake-up call

In the late 1990s, three of college wrestling’s rising stars died of dehydration. The result was a sudden spurt of college initiatives, which have trickled down to the high school level in the form of mandatory pre-season certification at a minimum weight.

According to William Beattie, coordinator of athletics for MCPS and director of Maryland’s state wrestling committee, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) approves two types of weight certification programs. MCPS operates under a plan in which pre-season certifications are obtained by the wrestler from any licensed physician and are subject to revision throughout the season. Beattie explains the problems with this plan: “If you want to wrestle at some weight badly enough, then you’ll get a physician to okay you," he says. “Most doctors just stick you on a scale and go, ‘yeah, sure, I guess you could lose a few.’"

However, Beattie is pushing to have the entire state switch over to the second NFHS plan, which mandates urine testing to check for hydration, body mass index (BMI) measurements with calipers and minimum weight certification based on a formula designed to determine a wrestler’s weight with seven percent body fat. In preparation, every MCPS wrestler this year received free BMI testing to provide their personal physicians with an objective base for making minimum weight decisions; next year, Beattie hopes to have an independent doctor on site at these sessions.

Scott feels that the push toward increasingly strict stipulations on making weight among wrestlers brings MCPS closer in line with his personal ideals. Says Scott, “Other than through a healthy diet and regular exercise, there’s no benefit to cutting weight—wherever you are, that’s where you’re best suited to wrestle."

According to Coleman, MCPS’ trial run has been unsuccessful. “Since you know everyone in the county is cutting weight, you gotta do it, too," he says. This means, he explains, that people find ways around the system. Through starvation and various tricks passed down to him by his predecessors, a 150-pound Cole-man managed to clear himself to wrestle at 125 pounds.

The bottom line

Nguyen knows people who are even more extreme in the quest to make weight. He sums up the making-weight mentality succinctly. “People do what it takes," he says. “That’s the bottom line."

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  • senior 03 on March 6, 2004
    There is an article every year in chips about scott losing weight!
  • Sptsmdtcher (View Email) on March 7, 2004
    This coach should have better control over his co-captain if that's what his "personal ideals" are. The day his athlete dies (which could easily happen) will be his last in education, I promise. If this system had athletic trainers in place (as in most excellent school systems), this crap woudn't be allowed to happen. Someone has got to take charge here. Duke Beatty is on the right track, but he's got to reign in these coaches and TAKE ACTION to prevent an unwanted tradegy.
    • jacob (View Email) on November 6, 2011 at 1:56 PM
      Im guessing that youve never had anything in life that you truly wanted and had to make temporary sacrafices to achieve. People who come from very little but manage to eventually make a name for themselves, thats what i like to see
  • Wrestler on March 7, 2004
    As a former Blair wrestler, I take exception to several of the statements made in the article and by Sptsmdtcher.

    First, wrestlers choose their own weight class. Once that choice has been made, said wrestler is expected to make that weight. However, at no point have I ever heard, or heard of, a Blair coach advising a wrestler to cut down to a smaller weight class. Coaches monitor weight to the extent that it is neccessary in order to ensure that wrestlers will be eligible to wrestle at a meet in the weight class that wrestler had chosen. For Sptsmdtcher to suggest that coaches are at fault for the, admittedly regrettable, process of cutting weight shows ignorance regarding this process and wrestling itself. Wrestlers pride themselves on their ability to "do whatever it takes," and the discipline inherent in the sport that separates them from other athletes. They will cut weight, irregardless of the coach or athletic trainer available/in charge.

    Secondly, I feel that this article fails to portray the very positive benefits of wrestling (of which there are many), among which is an increased awareness of health and how to maintain it, and instead focuses on a tired subject that has already been addressed numerous times (Including in Chips three or four years ago).

    In the four years that I was involved with Blair wrestling, I have never once known Coach Scott, or an assistant coach, to advocate cutting weight (In fact, Scott did not cut weight at any point during his own high school or college wrestling career, making him a notable exception).

    I have attempted to write this commentary without casting aspersions on any of the wrestlers quoted, however, I have never heard of any wrestler, even a weight-cutting machine like Alan Coleman, cutting five pounds in forty-five minutes of running stairs. The weight cut by running stairs is "water weight," and no one who has not had anything to drink in a day has enough of it to lose that much that fast.

  • robert (View Email) on October 25, 2004
    ive been wrestling for a while now, and this is the first season i have to cut weight, i weigh 112-114, and only have 5 percent body fat, is it possible for me to make 103lbs?
  • Dustin on December 1, 2004
    yes it is possible to make 103 lbs, you see I have wrestled for a while now also and I started out this season at 119 pounds and dropped down to 103 in the course of 2 weeks. Yes, basically for lunch all I have is an 8 oz. protein smoothie and for dinner I have an orange. And yes also, I feel like crap at practice and at school, but the question that you have to ask yourself is "do i want it bad enough", if you want it bad enough, you can do it
  • Alloran (View Email) on December 16, 2004
    I have never had to cut weight until my senior year right now wrestling here in North Carolina. People sometimes get stuck in sticy situations with people in their weight class that are more experienced than them sometimes, and a good team lineup needs everyone with experience somewhere in there, so people sometimes havwe to cut weight to be able to have a full lineup. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and when faced with the possibility of being the weakest link, no wrestler will take it. 99% of the time nobody will flat out tell someone they need to go bag up and work off 5 pounds. but wrestlers know what they need to do if they need to. Like someone said. Its how bad they want it.
  • Half-it on January 9, 2005 at 9:09 PM
    As Many of the Previous posts have stated it is about how much you want it. "It" is being a champion, only the strong survive! I wrestle 103 lbs. I made the decision to wrestle there, not my coaches, and not my teamates. It is up to me whether I make weight, and how hard I am willing to work. The whole aspect of "cutting" weight also teaches a wrestler how to maintain selfe discipline. Yes, it can be taken too far, but when done properly without yo-yo dieting a wrestler is, like I said, learning self sacrafice, and self discipline. Most of the weight that is "cut" is fatand junk that a wreslter has put on during the offseason, the key is to be at the peak of your abilities. People who criticize it without having ever wrestled have no idea how the sport works.
  • bob (View Email) on January 14, 2005 at 10:20 PM
    hey ima freshman wrestler but im 119.5 and need 2 cut to wrestle 112 im only eatin fruit all day shoudl i eat cereal or jsut stick with fruit and how can i cut weight i only ahve 4 days left and i wanna get to around 110 so basicaly 10 pounds thanks
  • adam harvey (View Email) on March 10, 2005 at 11:31 PM
    Hi my names adam harvey and im a freshman. i weigh about 218 and i need to make weight for state quillifiers tomorrow weight ins are betewwn 6pm and 8pm... im willing to do anything to cut the weight PLEASE RESPOND
  • Hanna on April 11, 2005 at 9:39 AM
    My sophomore wrestling season is done and im at 145 to cut weight we just run and sweat and spit in bottles and wear layers and layers of clothing i could never starve myself...
  • Rachel S (View Email) on June 7, 2005 at 4:02 PM
    I am 13 years old and have been wrestling for 2 years now. Next year i will be enter the JV team. I have no problem with that but one, my coach hates me for wrestling. I dont even know him but he never egnoliges my existence when at team meetings on how to raise money. Many of my guy friends who have had him before say that he will do anything in his power to get me of the team, and that he will work me harder then anyone else jsut because i am a girl. How do i deal with this? Any advice?
  • Joe (adrian 189 wrestler) (View Email) on June 29, 2005 at 10:29 PM
    I came in to my first year of wrestleing this season. I went 0-18. I convinced myself not to eat so I would not have to wrestle at 215. I am usaly 220. I came to the conclusion I lost all of my match because I was weack and not strong. I got so sick my mom had to take me to the doctor. I was never told the best way to losse weight in wrestling. So next year I hope to be a little bit better.
  • Ethan Bradley (View Email) on August 6, 2005 at 1:23 AM
    My name is Ethan Bradley and I will be a sophmore this year at Paltka High. I have been wrestling for about 2 years now, folkstyle freestyle and Greco Roman. I plan to place in state this year but to do this i have to wrestle at 160 and right now I am weighing anywhere from 181 to 185. It is gonna be really hard to cut that weight because 1. That is alot of weight to loose and 2. In florida we are not alowed to go below 7 percent body fat so the lowest weight I am allowed to go is 158. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on weight loss.

  • The Mystery on August 22, 2005 at 1:10 AM
    Okay, I have wrestled for close to 10 years now and it only ever hit me to have to cut weight about 3 years ago... 1st year it was 5 pounds second year about 10 and now this year I am getting up there around 15+ and I am only a freshman. This is the step that I have prepared to take and I know that this is one of the ways that I can win. Starvation is not the key in most situations but I am at the state that that's the only step I can take before meets. I run with plastics and everything but that is only draining your bodys fluids... I guess that is one way of doing it. I don't agree with the people that say your shouldn't cut weight and you shouldn't do it any way possible to your nature. Running, and Starvation are two key ways though of cutting the ammount that anyone wants to cut. Just don't eat things cause if you eat one thing there you are back to a heavier weight. I don't care what it is it will add 5 pounds to your starving body. And in the end it all comes down to just as people have said... How bad do YOU want it? I don't care about your coaches whether their discouraging you or encouraging you. The only person that can make the decision it you and YOU only. So do you have what it takes?
  • matt on October 23, 2005 at 6:22 PM
    yea i am a senior in high school right now, im 6 foot 3, 268 pounds and am in the middle of football season. by the end of football i will prolly be around 275 pounds, maybe 280... i plan on wrestling 275 again this year so i dont need to cut weight - if you have to cut weight, that sucks but good luck... i was 230 last year and i cut to 189 by the end of the season, anything is possible
  • brad (View Email) on October 24, 2005 at 2:09 PM
    i am a fershman wrestler and i have never need to cut just work hard in parctice and loss weight that way
  • steven (View Email) on October 25, 2005 at 7:41 PM
    for the 1st comment, duh! u havent cut b/c ur a freshman im a senior at 130 cutting 112!
  • brian on November 1, 2005 at 4:10 PM
    iam getin ready to start wrestling iam 135 gettin down to 112 i hate it
  • short guy (View Email) on November 5, 2005 at 8:10 PM
    hey i'm a junior and i've wrestled 1 year on jv/varsity at 112, 119, and 125, right now my coach wants me to drop to 103 cuz of my hieght, i currently wiegh 115, does anyone have any suggestions for me for cutting wieght
  • c dog on November 6, 2005 at 1:14 PM
    I started at 155 about three weeks ago and i have gotton down to 138 in about 2 weeks. Doing this as a freshman is very hard. Doing it preseason just so i can certify is much harder. Any advice or tips to stay strong and still lose weight?
  • nhb fighter (View Email) on November 10, 2005 at 3:42 AM
    hay guys i am a NHB fighter and have been cutting weight just like you guys for years but just recently found out how your bodies motabalism works. if you starve yourself then your motabalism slows down because your body is trying to save everything it gets. but if you eat more often durring the day your body gets rid of the stuff it does not need. what i do when i start to cut weight is i take what i would usually eat for brakefast and cut it in half eat one half in the morning and two or three hours later eat the other half. then do the same for my lunch. then for supper just eat half of what i usually would. this way my body is constantly having to digest stuff and in turn my motabalism stays high which makes me lose more weight. and eat alot of greens cuecumbers are great and so is cellery. they both are nothing but water and a bit of substance.
  • tara (View Email) on November 18, 2005 at 4:58 PM
    cutting weight sucks, but it's just something that has to be done. as a girl wrestler i seem to have a harder time cutting weight though...any tips?
  • Nick (View Email) on November 20, 2005 at 6:09 PM
    im a freshmen i weight 140pounds i need to get down to 130 do u have any and advice on plans to loose the weight i lift 5 days a week should I continue to lift why try to loose what? PLEASE HELP ME
  • Steven (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 12:04 PM
    Yeah ive wrestled for about 9 years now but for some strange reason this year is my only year having issues cutting i am a senior and over the summer i shot up to 210 from heavy lifting i have a meet in two weeks i weigh 194 and need to lose 14 in a week any advice for quick loss.
  • kyle (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 3:35 PM
    hi im kyle from pottsville pa i need to kno how to lose 20 lbs in very little time and still have my strenght i am curently at 184.4 and i need to get down to 165 to wrestle so if u have any help ful tips please let me kno my e-mail is thank you
  • george j (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 7:01 PM
    well wat i do to cut weight in a fast period of time i just eat very small portions of food about every 3-4 hours so it tricks my body in thinking that im still recieving food even though im hungry. but ur body is still burning the food for energy and also cutting weight at the same time. so once it comes to that big match you will make weight and have energy for the match.
  • Holly (View Email) on December 1, 2005 at 12:36 PM
    What do you do to lose weight? DO you starve do you run in plastic? Why cut so much weight just go up another weight class. My brother cuts to much weight and it scares me.
  • Jerry L. (View Email) on December 2, 2005 at 12:35 AM
    Im a sophmore and I was 117last week, i am curently about 106-108, im having trouble losing any more, i went down to 105.4 todai but den i have a tournament this saturdai how can i shedd about 3-4lbs in 2daiz. I run 2miles in sweats and jacket with a hood on before practice but it doesn't seem to make me lose 3-4 only about .8lbs. got any advice?
  • George S. (View Email) on December 4, 2005 at 1:16 PM
    hey im a sohphmore and i dont know muhc about cutting weight but i weigh 180 and i need to way in at certifications and be high drated witch is in 1 weeek.. im eating very little and sleeping in sweats and a hoodie..and running.. i need to wiegh in at 175 at certifications and be high dratted. and im going 171 so wat do i do from there when i am high drated and at 175.. please respond back
  • Cody F. (View Email) on December 12, 2005 at 1:57 PM
    im a sophormore and for the past four years that i've wrestled ive never had a problem with cutting weight. and the secret is that you have to eat to lose weight not starve because what little you've eaten last will turn to fat duh.
  • dj douglas (View Email) on December 23, 2005 at 9:42 PM
    hey my name is dj douglas i am a sophmore wrestler and i am at Hvy right now and i weigh about 230 and i need to cut down to 215 does anyone have any pointers i could really use them
  • DJ (View Email) on January 2, 2006 at 4:59 AM
    Hey, im a Freshman I weigh 152-154 i wrestle at 152, i got certified to go to 145, and im 9% body fat, but im having trouble cutting to 145, since before wrestling (durring Football season) i went from 174 to 152 and im having trouble cutting any more weight, if you have any sugestions please email me, thanks
  • Heather Rippetoe (View Email) on January 4, 2006 at 12:16 PM
    My boyfriend is a freshman wrestler who normally weighs in at 125. He started out the season wrestling at 112 on JV, then there was an opening on Varsity and he cut weight to 103. He was in his 2nd V match when he passed out, stopped breathing, and his heart stopped. But now, only 2 weeks after the fact, he struggling to make it again. He wears plastics, spits, and doesn't eat, among many other practices. Do you have any suggestions? I am VERY concerned about him. Please email me.
  • Cody Slowinski (View Email) on January 4, 2006 at 12:17 PM
  • Kyle (View Email) on January 6, 2006 at 2:30 PM
    im wrestling at 120lbs.i weigh meet is tomorro.need tto know how to cut that weight.
  • Josn Alien stine (View Email) on January 12, 2006 at 10:57 AM
    HI my name is JOsh
  • Adrian (View Email) on January 12, 2006 at 11:50 AM
    hi my name is adrian my natural body weight is 165 im at 145 and i need to drop to 135 i need to make it.anyone have tips to cut those 10lbs in a week.pleze let me know
  • Gary Ponciano (View Email) on January 15, 2006 at 1:10 AM
    HI my name is gary and i way 122 and i need to lose weight in 2 weeks for a big turnament we have comming up and i wanted to drop down to 112 or 119 do u have ne tips or advice to help me lose that weight fast? If so please email me , and thanks for taking the time to read my comment.
  • Cole (View Email) on January 20, 2006 at 2:08 PM
    OK all of you guys arn't talking about loseing that much I'm a senior and wrestle at 119 after my match on sat and we dont have to wrestle until friday i weigh 130-132 on a average practice i lose 4 pounds. and if you just start cutting the food portions and drinking lots of water you woud be fine losing 1o pounds. tip though 24 to 30hr before a match drink Nothing!
  • fatty (View Email) on January 22, 2006 at 6:40 PM
    i am 103 and in 7th grade. I need to lose about 3 pounds in about 2 days how can i lose that when im really skinny anyway. I run a lot and i lose about an ounce every time i run. im running out of time and i need to lose the weight.
  • kevin (View Email) on January 24, 2006 at 9:09 PM
    Hi im a sophmore and ive been wrestling for 2 years now. during the offseason i weighed around 140 and im currently wrestling at 125. I have to get down to 119 for this big tournament coming up in 2 weeks but the problem is im only certified for 122 and since i cut so much weight already is it possible for me to get down to 119? If you have any advice on this please let me know.
  • tom eriquezzo (View Email) on January 27, 2006 at 2:20 PM
    my 8th grader is wanting to cut 5 pounds to wrestle down what do you think
  • matthew detrinidad (View Email) on January 29, 2006 at 1:14 AM
    hi i am a freshman 130 jv wrestler that started out as 125V and somehow went up and now i am having trouble going back down. could you guys help me out.
  • Jake (View Email) on February 10, 2006 at 5:36 PM
    Hi, I'm Jake and I wrestle in Indiana 130lbs Varsity for Doe Creek. I weigh 134 and need to know how to cut that weight before tomorrow (2/11/06) Thanks
  • Erik (View Email) on February 16, 2006 at 4:43 PM
    hey, i am looking to loose about 8 lbs in 13 days. What is the best things that i should do?
  • Mitch (View Email) on March 5, 2006 at 2:07 AM
    OK, I am a freshman wrestler at varsity 103. I started out the season at about 112, but I lost body fat and cut a little bit of water weight to make 103. After Christmas break, the state of Minnesota gives a 2 pound allowance on every weight class, so after Cristmas I only have to weigh 105. Recentley making weigh has been extremeley tough for me. I would come in every week 7 pounds over, even though I ate minimal ammounts of food on the weekends. Unfortunateley for me, I ripped a ligament in my shoulder and was forced to sit out at the state quailfier tournament. I have ate myself to a healthy weight now and I have found out that I am truly 120. I don't suggest cutting 15 pounds to make a certain weight class, you will wrestle weak no matter what. So if you want to go down a weight class or 2, I would suggest starting to get your body fat down before wrestling, and finding out what your minimal body fat level is. Perhaps you could run cross-country during the fall to lose some body fat.
  • Paul (View Email) on March 10, 2006 at 6:40 AM
    i need a way to cut weight in like, less than a day.
  • briana robinson (View Email) on March 18, 2006 at 8:57 PM
    hey im like the only girl in the eighth grade going on the wresteling team and i need to cut down to at leats 158....but im 220 so i need so major advice. Please Help!
  • Andrew (View Email) on March 22, 2006 at 9:29 PM
    Well here's my situation. I'm getting ready to sign up for the USAF (Air Force) but currently I am about 195 lbs. I need to be at atleast 175 lbs or fewer in about two weeks. How can I get rid of the pounds to be ready to go in and serve my country?
  • Ricky (View Email) on April 15, 2006 at 10:06 AM
    Ok i weigh around 126 and i need to get to 121 by next week can anyone help me on this... if tried almost everything.
  • Patek J. Ahgatag (View Email) on April 23, 2006 at 2:01 AM
    im only 80 pounds an i wrestle 103 i think im going to take steroids, i have no choice my frijoles are already small so im not agonizing over that
  • Wesley (View Email) on May 3, 2006 at 8:18 PM
    i wrestle at 135lbs for my varsity team.
    my problem is that the season has ended and i wanted to know if there is a good way to keep my weight at a good level(like around 140lbs) so i dont have to cut 15 or 20lbs for the up comeing season. if anyone could help that would be awsome!!!!
  • Jim (View Email) on May 6, 2006 at 7:19 PM
    This year i was a varsity sophomore at 112, and next year i have a good cahnce of going to state if i stay at 112. Anyone got hints on keeping my weight down and staying healthy?
  • sergio (View Email) on May 24, 2006 at 8:53 PM
    My names sergio, and i have to do a project on this topic, so if anyone ca answer these questions i'd greatly apreciate it.
    1. What is your opinion on cutting weight?
    2. What are the dangers of cutting weight?
    3. Do you think your body could adapt to losing a bunch of weight one day, and gaining back the next?
    4. Will cutting have a long term effect on your body?
    5. What is the safe amount of weight to lose in a day, a week, and a month?
    6. Do you know of a better way to cut weight?
    7. Do you know of anyone being seriously injured as a result of cutting weight?
    8. do you cut weight?
    9. would you suggest that wrestlers should cut weight?
    10. How do you or your students cut weight?

    and thank you

  • Cuban (View Email) on June 13, 2006 at 12:01 PM
    im a sophmore varsity wrestler and my number one weight cutting trick is a diaretic liquid (usually lemon water, about 32 ounces). this gets rid of the extra water wieght befor a weigh in so u can just rehidrate later.
  • james (View Email) on September 9, 2006 at 4:54 AM
    hi my name is james i weight 160 lbs and i need to gewt down to 125 how might i do that in 2 weeks?
    • Andrew on November 7, 2010 at 1:01 PM
      haha you dont, start about a month earlier.
  • S-Dog (View Email) on September 25, 2006 at 9:37 PM
    Hey i am a 7 year varsity wreslter i weigh 168 right now and have to weigh 152 my only advice is eat right and run your butt off it is the only weigh but pride and determination is also a good thing to have when cutting weight.
  • CT (View Email) on October 2, 2006 at 2:53 AM
    Hi Im CT, and im at about 185. how might i go about getting down to 170 in 2 weeks
  • ~*Just ME*~ (View Email) on November 4, 2006 at 9:55 AM
    Hey everyone there are better ways to lose the weight rather than waiting until the seaeson for 1 get off the couch and work out over the summer... just because the wrestling season ends doesn't mean you can go out and gain 20 can even play other sports or go to the gym. and for pre-season you should be working out to get down to your bodies minimum so that durring the season your all ready there and you don't have to worry about it... and starving and dyhydrating your self DOESN'T work it makes you weaker than your opponent!!!
    well hopefully i will see some of you at some ternaments...
    p.s. guys don't you hate it when you loose to a chick?
  • Adi on November 9, 2006 at 4:00 PM
    This is going to be my first year wretling and I need to go from 171lbs. if i want to wreslt at 152. How can i do this?
  • MYSTERY MIGZY on December 6, 2006 at 4:30 PM
    If you want to cut about 5 pounds a week just do it smart work hard at practice and eat a granola for breakfast an apple or orange for lunch and maybe a turkey sandwich on one piece of wheat bread for dinner. its best not to starve yourself!!!
  • adam f (View Email) on December 17, 2006 at 6:12 PM
    hey i cut a lot of weight so yea umm ne questions let me kno. i weight like 121 and wrestle 114. its is better to cut oer a period of time like 3 days rather than 1 becasue u can slowly cut ur food intake and water then when u need to dehydrate ur self try to do it in front of a heater or in a sauna dont wear ur selfout too much b4 a match . be smart about it and kno ur limits and u have to be mentaly tuff guys keep it real peace,.
  • brett (View Email) on January 3, 2007 at 9:37 PM
    i know cutting weight sucks i lose a little bit like today i found out i have to lose 10 by tomarow to get to the 130, there might be some people who thinks cutting weight is bad but i think its ok if you know your bodys bounderies.
  • J.scott (View Email) on January 5, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    some of you guys are just lazy. needing to lose 4 lbs in 13 days come on. Just be smart i cut from 129 to 112. and i can do that and feel healty in 4 days. im 5'6 witha 6 pack at 129 so im not even fat, im actually pretty skinny so if i can do it so can you guys. its how bad you want it. stop feeling sorry for yourselves and just do wat ever you have to, to lose the weight
  • yamil cobb (View Email) on January 10, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    wow thtat is amazing i'm a wresktker who happenes to be cutting weight and right now i'm doing a research paper on wrestling. it's about cutting weight. I beenn wrestling for most of my life and when i got to higschool i to cut weight. i'm a senior now i'm a natural 130 pounder but i wrestle 125 it might not sound like a lot but it is because my body fat is 5.3%. i have been a runner all my life and thats why my body fat is so low. my freshmen year i was under 3 percent body fat. to all you upcomming seniors it is much better for you if u wrestle a higer a weight class becuse you don't wan to have to worry about cutting weight and its much more realaxing. GOOD LUCK TO YOU GUYS AND GIRLS. HAVE A GREAT SEASON
  • Hawk08 on January 22, 2007 at 6:09 PM
    i hit 160 last summer and cut down to 119 for some tournaments this season...i can gain 15 pounds on the saturday of a tourney and be 16 over the next day and make 119 again by thursday...ive done nearly 10 pounds in a day so you all need to suck it up lol
  • tpenn on January 30, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    this year i cut from 124 to 103. that doesnt seem to bad but my body fat percent was 3.2%.
  • cassie (View Email) on February 6, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    im right now trying to cut...1.5. i weigh about 52.5 kilos but no matter what i do i cant cut. any suggestions?
  • robin (View Email) on February 27, 2007 at 12:07 AM
    for girls ive noticed it's quite a bit more difficult to cut such weight , or as much as the guys do .. is there something i can change or a better way to cut then to pile on the clothes run and not eat or drink?
  • kevin (View Email) on March 12, 2007 at 6:00 PM
    I cut from 141 to 124.6 in two days not that hard if u just work really hard for 2 days and don't eat very much or drink
  • nick on March 22, 2007 at 11:51 AM
    I am so happy that I can read about other people cutting weight. I am wrestling in pa states tomorrow and the weigh ins are tonight i was 122 on monday and now its thursday and i am wrestling 112 and i am 112.2 i cant wait till weight ins then i will be 125 wrestling 112
  • chris (View Email) on October 29, 2007 at 6:52 PM
    i just cut 10 pounds in a week and i have the absolute least amount of body fat allowed and still to wrestle in NC
    i wrestle 112 i know how it feels to lose a lot of weight fat
    but it is true that we will do whatever it takes
  • carlos ortiz (View Email) on November 1, 2007 at 2:58 PM
    man in the beginning of last year i weighed 115 and i lost in one week 12 pounds and wrestled at 103 but now i weigh 121 and have to lose 10 pounds to make it to 112 this year and STOP BEING LAZY TO THE PEOPLE THAT COMPLAIN BOUT LOSING WEIGHT AND IF YOU ARE JOIN ANOTHER SPORT CAUSE WRESTLING IS NOT FOR YOU ITS FOR REAL MEN

  • wrestler on November 22, 2007 at 2:22 AM
    the question is do you want it bad enough. you have to learn how to sacrafice things if u want to be a champion. so do when u weigh 135 lbs do you reallly need that extra kidney or leg? get rid of it and make 103;s
  • kim :) on January 2, 2008 at 9:19 PM
    carlos ortiz...
    wrestling isn't only for "real men"
    its for those who have guts and i guess in the guy's scenario, "balls"

    it's hard enough losing 10 pounds in a few days than to have people like you being all "stop complaining....wahhhh"

    oh yeah, real men can admit their problems.

    sorry to everyone :)
  • sloboth (View Email) on February 1, 2008 at 1:34 PM
    i wrestled at 112 at state and 2 days after that i weighed 140(my natural weight). wrestling is tough
  • John on February 8, 2008 at 11:13 PM
    You guys just gotta be tougher. That's it. I cut from 175 to 112 last year, through a diet of lettuce and a sip of water and a vitamin supplement. I sweat like crazy and worked my ass off so hard. And no, I was not some lazy fat ass, I had body fat of 9.0% (fine its not THAT skinny but still my body fat on match days is 2.0% and I can barely walk). I am just tough I guess....
  • Carlos (View Email) on February 21, 2008 at 11:29 PM
    i had to loose 10 pounds in 3 days. all i did was not eator drink anything and workout 3-5 times a day and sit in the sauna with a garbage bag underneath.
  • Dustin Zahursky (View Email) on March 15, 2008 at 6:49 PM
    I understand cutting weight is difficult and it is a personal choice. Beginners should lose no more than 5% of there body weight through dehydration, the more advanced can lose up to 10% of there body weight. The best way to cut weight is to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat. Then the day before your competition you can decrease your calorie intake and lose water weight of up to 5-10% of you body weight. PVC plastics are bulky uncomfortable and rip, that is why I created the Kutting Weight suit. You can wrestle, lift, and run in the neoprene suit.
  • wrestler (View Email) on May 1, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    im weighing like 112 right now should i cut for 103 at the beging of the season or wait till secionals and stuff
    and email me if u would and tell me some better weighs to cut
  • Josh Waters (View Email) on October 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    I weight about 120 lbs, how can i drop down to 112 in 2 weeks?
    • Prentice Thomas 112-119 (View Email) on January 13, 2010 at 8:40 PM
      OMG Dude same here lol im like how in the world do i do thisss but i usually have like an ensure a bannana maybe a granola bar... and a teaspoon of peanut butter... it works!
  • Kelly (View Email) on December 17, 2009 at 1:50 PM
    You all are sick. What would you say if this was habitual in female athletics? There would be a public outcry and those same coaches who preached this gospel of anorexia would be not only fired but tried for compromising their athletes' health in the name of winning. Way to be sexist.
    • briant on January 13, 2010 at 11:12 PM
      your so typical. don't even know what wrestling is, but ready to judge a wrestler by playing the game in a heartbeat. and don't even start at the coaches, its the wrestlers decision.
  • J.WOLK on January 6, 2010 at 7:21 PM
    ya im a 14 year old wrestling 122 , im an 8th grader. my usual weight it 129 so to lose weight before every match i dont eat the day before the match and i get a nice workout at practice. then match day i sleep off like 2 pounds from the previous night. so when i weigh in im under by like 5 tenths. so the key so lose weight fast only if u have to ,is to run and dont eat. Holidaysburg Wrestling
  • Nick (View Email) on January 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM
    hey, i walk around at 140lbs and i wrestle 125 (127 because its after christmas break) its a real pain to make but i do it anyway. now i get to wrestle 119 because my team needs me =/. im a senior 2x state placer (3x after this year) 7th, 4th, tbd. so im cutting 21lbs. ive done it since sophmore year 20+ every year but i still do it because im an essential part of my team. im 12 over and have to make it in 3 days and i know i will because i allways do. everybody is right when they say, "do you have what it takes?" i do, do you?
  • Bill L. (View Email) on February 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    I lost 9 in a day this year. Sauna suits suck. stay away from them. best drink after cutting weight hard is pedia lyte. its straight up electrolytes. also look for electrolyte powder to mix with water. i would usually down 3 spoonfuls of it and i would be fine for a tourney. stay smart, stay healthy. if u need advice email me ive done this too long.
  • jimmy on March 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM
    Are sauna suits illegal?
  • Jim on March 4, 2010 at 10:32 PM
    Dudes, UNLESS YOU'RE FAT, DON'T CUT WEIGHT. The big time college and olympic wrestlers don't. Just wrestle at your own healthy weight and you will do much better. My brother never cut and he won state with only four points scored on him the entire year. Besides, cutting will stunt your growth for life.
  • Zach (View Email) on March 7, 2010 at 9:13 PM
    Jim the comment is false almost ALL big time colleges have at least 5 wrestlers cutting huge weight. Walking 150 pounds cutting to 125, 230 pounders cutting to 197. Get your facts straight.
  • will (View Email) on March 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM
    i am normally a 160 for my team but im entering singles tournament in june and im trying to make 135. i have 3 months to make it but 25 pounds is a lot and i need to make it. please email me any tips on losing this weight fast and healthy
  • cassandra (View Email) on April 6, 2010 at 2:47 PM
    so 3 and a half weeks ago i was 92 kilos and i wrestled 90 at provincials since then i have been cutting weight (still eating and drinking) just tons of excercise and monotoring how much and what i eat now 3 and a half weeks later i am 77 kilos. Thats 15 kilos. now i have 2 and a half days to lose 7 kilos. if mostly cutting water weight is this possible?
  • nick on August 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM
    all you guys cutting weight are idiots. instead of trying to cut weight, become the better wrestler in your weight class! instead of putting in the "hard work" of cutting weight, put in the hard work into improving your technique, or your standing game, or top or bottom game. I don't think its wrong to lose 4-5 lbs in the season as usually during the first week that's exactly what happens. In fact, I was 108 last year heading into season and dropped to 103 just from practice. Right now, I'm 116 and am probably going to wrestle at 112 w/e weight cutting. instead of cutting weight, ive been working on my wrestling this summer...
  • shane riddle on August 22, 2010 at 9:58 PM
    hey im a wrestler and i weigh around 155 and i want to get down to 130-135 what is the fast and best waay for me to do this in a short amout of time
  • mike (View Email) on September 4, 2010 at 10:57 PM
    im a sophmore wrestler i wrestled 112 my freshmen year making the weight then was no problem but now i weigh 119-122 one of the assistant coaches told me i need to wrestle 112 again and i agree with him cause there are guys that are heavier than me cutting down to 119 so i would be a small 119 pounder im only 5'6' tall but do you think its safe to cut that much i think i could do it i just want to be sure
    • Christian (View Email) on November 3, 2010 at 3:26 PM
      10 pounds is nothing, you should have almost a month until H.S. season starts, just eat small frequent meals and excercise. try to have a slimfast for one or two of your meals, it has all the nutrients you need and inly weighs 11 oz.
  • mike (View Email) on September 5, 2010 at 9:38 PM
    i weigh 122 i need to make 112 does anybody think thats safe cause my body fat is 11% right now
  • Mayra on October 11, 2010 at 1:53 AM
    This is the dumbest crap i have ever heard!
  • thomas on October 31, 2010 at 12:42 AM
    I recomend get in good shape, cut out juice, pop etc. and eat vegtables...if your extremly hungry and need a snack, have celery in the fridge, its said to burn more calories digesting than it provides, giving it negative calories. DONT CUT TOO MUCH WEIGHT,everyone hates , cut 8 lbs MAX if not less after being in shape.
    • Andrew on November 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM
      screw 8 pounds. im cutting 22 to be at 112 i weighed 134 at the beginning of the season and now im 115 and fine
  • BK From Shakopee on January 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM
    I have been Wrestling since sixth grade and till 10th grade I was always under 100 lbs. I had just wrestled my natural weight in middle school, but in 8th grade I was able to be on the JV team but not at 103, I wrestled at 112 and always got beat. In 1oth grade I shot up to 130 and cut to 119 where I was beat by a senior for the spot, so I weighed in at 119 and wrestled 125. In my junior year I was 140 and I cut to 125 and went to state, I was 19-19 for my record but I lost my first match and now i still haven't been over a .500 record. This year I was at 153 to start, cut to 138 for weight certification, and got certified for 130. I weighed in at 130 for the first 3 weeks, but each week I went to 140 over the weekend, I know this was bad for me so I stopped and started weighing in at 140. At 130 i earned a record of 8-3, but now that I am at 140 it has disproved to 11-5. I would love to be at 130 but 140 is so much easier to make for me. The 140 wrestlers are impossible for me to turn onto their back, because I am not as storng as them, but I feel so much worse throughout the entire week when I am going to 130. I have already decided to go back to 130 and hope to place at state this year. I will reply and update you all if you care after the first week in March, so wish me luck in my diet of Kix w/ milk, for breakfast, no lunch, and a Greek yogurt, and a tall glass of milk for dinner. :)
  • Lightweight4life on April 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM
    I'm a lightweight rower and can completely relate to this. Cutting those last few pounds before competitions is painful, but you have to do what you have to do. I row on an 8, which if you can't figure out has seven other people on it, and every single one of us has to weigh in. Not only that, but we're girls, so we retain water more easily and it can be really hard to get rid of the rest of our water weight. Losing actual fat isn't easy and puts our muscle mass at risk. For most of us, if we lose any more weight, we won't function, literally. So some people might think it's crazy, but perhaps they'll never get it. It may be dangerous but starving yourself and running for hours on end is part of our sport, and I'm not quitting anytime soon.
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  • Kelly (View Email) on August 8, 2011 at 6:16 PM
    My son plays football and he is a stocky boy so we are always sweating the weigh in! Can't eat or drink before game weigh in and sometimes we have to switch him to soccer cleats to make weight. Very stressful but he loves it. I found a great article on how to drop pounds with water here you can check out. Hope it is helpful!
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  • Tim (View Email) on November 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM
    If im 122 can i wrestle 126
  • David (View Email) on January 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM
    Im a first year wrestler and I've grown alot as a wrestler. I started out as the worst jv wrestler and not scoring any points in a match. After winter break a wrestler was sick and I ended up going to varsity at 111lbs. I weighed 102. I went 2-1 on varsity so I think Im doing pretty well for a first year wrestling up a wieght. Theres one week left in the season and there is a jv district tournament and a varsity district tournament. Im in 8th grade and its probably going to be my last year wrestling because I like basketball better but you never know. A kid on my team who is a really good wrestler dropped to my weight class for districts so now Im on jv. I have gained a pound since then and now Im 103. Is it safe to lose 2lbs so I can wrestle Varsity in my last meet. If safe how should I lose the weight. I have a week to do it.
  • AH on July 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM
    I weigh 120 currently cutting to 106 right now...THIS SUCKS!
  • derek on April 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM
    i remembe rlosing 7.5 lbs. in a day
  • Bri (120 wrestler) on January 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM
    My natural weight is around 131 pounds, and the most I've ever cut was from there down to my weight class in two days. Then, I didn't drink anything, ate a few handfuls of granola, endured two practices (lifting, running, and mat time) in full sweats (sauna suits aren't allowed in our practices), ran at home with a sauna suit, sat in an actual sauna once I was too exhausted to continue my run, spit in a cup using cinnamon gum, and slept in the sauna suit. By the time I was done, I was 118 pounds. I would wrestle 113 pounds if I was allowed to, I could certainly get down there given enough time (I have before, at USGWA nationals). However, now there is a system in place to try to limit weight cutting. We have to weigh in at the beginning of season after undergoing a hydration and body fat test, and the amount of body fat along with your weight determines how low you can be that season. No one likes it, and I have yet to meet a wrestler who has honestly underwent the test. From not eating before the test (I didn't and weighed in at 127) to having parts of muscle grasped by the skin caliper for body fat testing (we did mine twice, with and without the extra inches, I'm 15% body fat (girls have more, remember) but the athletic trainer, a former wrestler himself, grasped the edge of my arm muscles and back muscles too to come up with a 23% body fat percentage). Even with the extra percentage, I still am only cleared to cut down to as low as 115.5, so I can't wrestle 113 unless some magical force gives us a 3-pound allowance. One of the guys on my team, our 126 pounder, is actually under the allowed body fat percentage (7% for guys, 11% for girls), so he had to have the trainer give him some extra body fat percentage too.

    The biggest disadvantage is that you're tired in practice from the lack of water and calories, but the biggest advantage is obvious when you're on the mat and the guy across from you is a tiny little pud who doesn't cut weight. It normally doesn't affect your tournament/match performance because you can eat back calories and drink water after weighins (unless you're me and you weigh in late because you're usually the only girl at your tournament/match). The biggest blessings in wrestling are pound allowances and weighins the night before a tournament, giving you even more time to recouperate and gain back the weight.
  • Bri again on January 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM
    The best hint I ever got was to run cross country before season started, though. I lost a hell of a lot of weight naturally just by running so much, even more than I did before, since I made varsity. With xc, you even eat out your refrigerator, and still lose weight. The offseason counts, kids!
  • Ray Calderaio (View Email) on December 1, 2014 at 9:57 PM
    Hey I'm a sophomore in high school and weigh 112 and I'm 5'2" but my natural weight is 116. I used to military diet to lose the first couple pounds but I can't find anything else to do that will help lose weight. Any suggestions? I want to wrestle 106 but I'm very bad at not eating. I am not interested in doing extreme things such as only 1 piece of lettuce but if u just give me specifically what to do without anything going too extreme I will do it. please help I think I'll do great at 106 if I can get to that weight and maintain it. please email me thank u
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