Not many can take the discipline wrestling involves. Famous quote- "once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy." I was told by two different college football recruiters that they loved recruiting kids who had wrestled. Every line coach would benefit from kids who wrestled. Hand use, foot movement, aggressiveness. Defensive players who wrestle have no fear. Can't fight 50 times a year and be afraid of contact.
You knew Randy Couture? Guy was an animal. UFC has began to make wrestling a bit more popular. UFC is almost legal attempted murder.
Yes, I knew Randy. He was the Army champion and Interservice champion (all four branches plus Coast Guard have a tournament). I actually stopped by his gym when Chris and I were in Las Vegas but he was out of town.
Randy got into Greco Roman almost by mistake. I cannot remember the exact story but he submitted his paperwork for the All Army or some other tournament and it was in the GR division and not freestyle. They had open spots for GR but freestyle was filled when it was discovered. They told him he could remain in freestyle or not compete. He put in about six to eight weeks of GR training and won the tournament.
Himmel was an animal and super intelligent and very successful business executive now. We were speaking after he won the world championship at 100kg in 1989. He said everyone works hard although some more than others, everyone has great technique while some just are better at it. The difference is often something very small or a little mistake but the best have a little something more that you just cannot obtain through hard work. He said for some it may be they are so instinctive or they have some type of physicalness that is hard to match. It was interesting to hear him speak about it.