Wrestling Tragedy

February 1, 2007 at 2:45 am | Posted in misc, whitney | 4 Comments

So my sister used to be an athletic trainer for the high school wrestling team. Let’s list some problems with wrestling that are informed by her experience: ring worm, scabies, lice, athlete’s foot, crabs, and – most recently – this:

Wrestling on hold as herpes outbreak widens:
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota high school wrestling programs were suspended Tuesday because of a widespread herpes outbreak.

Nice. Real nice.

I don’t really get wrestling. The idea of it makes sense because we’ve all had fun pinning our little brothers to the floor and letting long strings of spit get really close to their eyes before sucking it back up. But, the rules and the traditions associated with real wrestling are very strange to me. So in an effort to educate myself (I am, after all, a scholar in the making) here are some facts:
-Wrestling might be the oldest sport ever. It even appears in the Bible when Jacob wrestles an angel (I’m not familiar with this story. Who won? I’m assuming the angel? Was it an angel of The Devil? The Bible is so crazy.)
-It’s often considered a martial art since it can be used in military training.
-At some point, people did it naked. Now they do it with stretchy, little, suspender outfits.
-Tobey on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” almost died because wrestlers are often obsessed with losing weight to compete against smaller boys in suspender outfits. So….they go running with garbage bags as shirts, take laxatives, barf, etc.
-My brother thinks this suspender outfit is so comfortable that he once wore it for a week straight under his clothes before my mom found out and made him take it off.
-It’s called a “singlet.”
-Wrestlers should wear these instead:
spandex
That way they can reduce their chances of getting herpes for sure.

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  1. Gross. Don’t let your brother wrestle.

  2. ok that is the weirdest thing i have ever heard of. herpes are nasty, therfore, i wouldnt do wrestling..lo siento mucho pero no se como jugar la cosa de luchar.

  3. There is a big difference between School wrestling and the kind that the WWE is showing and if you watched it you would know that. I don’t care what your sister does. You are on here making goofy assumptions. These are grown adults and don’t you think they get check ups from doctors? I haven’t heard of any of the Television wrestlers contracting any disease from another wrestler yet. That outfit in the picture that just looks stupid. The WWE wrestlers have their own version of it so it doesn’t look so dumb. Thats all I have to say.

  4. my hubby wrestled in high school, two of our four sons wrestled in school none of them ever had any problems. my omther wrestled for over 20 years. the worst thing that ever happened to her was a few broked bones. she neaver came down with anything. she did her wrestling in the 50’s,60’s and 70’s. so you better get yor facts straight before you blow your mouth off. or you could end up in more trouble that you can handle. if these youg mem are comeing down with everthing you say they are then that’s their coach’s fault for not makeing sure that they are takeing care of them selves.


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