by Nick Burnett
Le Mars Community High School
Le Mars, Iowa
August 11, 2004
When I take my place on that mat I'm alone. I have to ignore the roaring crowd.
I have to put all of my focus on my opponent; if I don't I will lose the match. I stare at
him thinking it will scare him, but it doesn't work.
The buzzer sounds and it begins. I think of this match as it is my
last. I want to give 110%. We finally meet hand to hand, head to head. I try to
take him down, but it doesn't work. He grabs my leg and takes me down. The match
is over--I am pinned. I get up and we shake hands.
It should have been a good
match, but I don't suffer over the loss. I try to learn from the loss so I
can better myself for the next time. Next time I may win or lose, who's to say?
It is the hope that I will win that keeps me going.