Chart Watching And Knowing Names?
It's amazing to me how many people look at this stuff.
Should I Watch The Chart?
Don't watch the chart, you should only look at it for your bout number. You need to approach a tournament one match at a time. You can't look down to the other bracket and say you'll have "so-and-so" in the finals. Only concern yourself with the next match. If you look too far ahead you get stuck in a fantasy that may never happen, especially if you take your eye off the ball.
Upsets happen all the time, don't let it happen to you. Don't take anyone too lightly, no matter what their record is, where they're from, or who you think they are. Remember that every wrestler is at a tournament for a reason. You need to take that away from them.
At the end of the season, a lot of wrestlers are looking for an excuse to be done. You should be looking to give him that excuse.
Should I Know My Opponent's Names?
You shouldn't research who you're wrestling, it will only psyche you out and cause you to hesitate. Every opponent should be looked at solely as a blank face, a robot, a number. If you do it as a parent just because you're curious - that's fine, but don't ever tell your wrestler who he has, especially before the match.
Previous accomplishments have no bearing on the present. Don't concern yourself with "he did this" and "he's a state champ" or whatever else. When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter. Knowing accomplishments only causes you to respect your opponent, which you can't do.
There are shirts that say "respect all, fear none". False. Respect none, fear none.
A lot of wrestlers have easy matches with good opponents because they are feared, which is an illustrated form of respect. Matches are easy for them due to the other guy getting stage fright.
If anything, you should be putting fear in every wrestler you're up against, not the other way around. The first ten seconds of any match should be an effort to show whoever you're wrestling that you are not afraid of them.
TL;DR (Too Long, Didn't Read)
Don't read charts and don't look up wrestler's names. It's for the best.
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