“Making weight” for wrestlers


Saydria Ostler

Junior Aubree Morris explains more about how wrestling diets and exercises work. During wrestling season, wrestlers used different strategies to stay in shape for their weight class.

Wrestling is a very unique sport because it is a one-on-one sport and the different rankings are not based on skill, but weight classes. Before each match, wrestlers are assigned a weight class based on their current weight. A weight class is a group of individuals within the same weight range, and wrestlers are only allowed to compete within their weight class. However, the weight classes have a wide range: around 10 pounds.  A common technique among wrestlers is to be at the very top of their weight class in order to be the biggest in their group. Junior Aubree Morris is a member of the girls wrestling team and explains weight classes and common diet and exercise techniques for wrestlers. 

Saydria Ostler: How do the wrestling weight classes work?

Aubree Morris: You have a two pound weight allowance. So you have to be .0 or you have to go up [a weight class] essentially. There’s a bunch of different weight classes. I think the lowest class for girls is 107 pounds, I think. And it goes up above 200. 

SO: What does “making weight” mean?

AM: Making weight means you are on the target weight for your weight class. For me, I’m 120.0. I “made weight” because I fit into the weight class I was aiming for. 

SO: How does your coach help you make weight, if at all?

AM: It’s really just working out for me. I do not know how [my coach] helps the other girls. I think we’re all pretty close to our weights anyway, so it’s just that little bit of “take a hot bath to get the water weight off.” For the boys, I know some of them like to skip meals, and their coach pushes them to do cardio exercises and go on runs. 

SO: What does a normal diet or meal look like during wrestling season?
AM: For me, I eat whatever I want, and then I work out later. But a lot of the time, it’s eating normally, but healthily. So instead of going to McDonalds, you eat a sandwich at home. And the day before a big tournament, a lot of people will either eat a light salad or a protein bar or something light, and some won’t eat at all, depending on where they think they need to be for their weight. 

SO: How does wrestling affect your diet and exercise routine if at all?

AM: I exercise a lot more. On the days I’m not able to get to practice, I’m supposed to run a mile or go to the gym and do weights. I’m just healthier overall. I cut back on my snacking and what not. 

Wrestling is a sport that creates an even playing field for every one due to the different weight classes. However, a concern is how to maintain the proper weight for each individual without compromising their health in any way.