Eat your broccoli and other lessons from Iowa

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 in Events, Practices, Technique, Wrestling Camp

You should eat broccoli even if you hate it, according to Nick Kolegraff, an instructor at the Iowa Mentality Wrestling Clinic I attended this weekend. Sure, you should eat it because it’s good for your body but there’s much more to it than that. Making yourself do the right thing, even if you don’t want to is a trademark of great wrestlers everywhere. But Coach Kolegraff wanted all the wrestlers at his clinic to understand that this wrestler mentality can also make them great students, community leaders, professionals and even fathers.

The clinic featured two wrestlers from the 2010 University of Iowa national championship team: undefeated national champion Jay Borschel and national finalist Dan Dennis. It was organized by MIT wrestling club assistant coach Nick Kolegraff, a former University of Iowa wrestler, and  head coach Tom Layte, former Div III national champion for Augsburg College.

I was amazed at the amount of knowledge these four men packed into a two-day clinic. Coach Kolegraff’s broccoli example was just one of many lessons I took away about sound technique, the Iowa approach to wrestling and the weekend’s overarching  theme: how this mentality they have cultivated at the University of Iowa can help young wrestlers achieve greatness in all areas of their lives.

Please check back for more on the Iowa Mentality wrestling clinic as I go through my notes and apply these lessons to my own coaching philosophy and practices.