So . . . wrestling season is now over. Miles' school participated in its final match of the season today. Luckily it was close at Olathe Middle/High School. I am not a big fan of wrestling matches - and that is putting it lightly. They are torture! You sit and wait for sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long for a match - that might last a couple minutes at best. Then you sit and wait for sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long again for another match.
So Miles had to be at his school at 6 am today (and Ben is out of town again today and so it was all me for this tournament as well - not that Ben planned it that way! He would have loved to have been there.) and the match started at 9 am (but I guess it began early at like 8:30 - I guess wrestling people can do that - tell all the parents it starts at 9 but then begin a half-hour early. What?! It's happened before . . .)
Anyways, (yes, I am going to make this post seem as long as a wrestling match, so bear with me) Miles had a "bye" the first round - as did 3 other kids in his weight group. Yet there were only 5 kids in his group and so only one match occurred from their group that first round. And rounds take forever because you start with the light-weights (65 lbs.; Miles was in the next group at 75 lbs.) and then go up to the heavy weights (as in 285 lbs.! It went from the 200 lbs. group right to the 285 - there was nothing in between). And that takes like 2 hours. Then you have a 40-minute break and your child still has not wrestled!
Finally Miles wrestled at 11:15. And he lasted 15 seconds, maybe 20. He got pinned. He was actually bummed about it. He didn't realize it is considered a "pin" if your shoulders are down, but not your back. Poor kid. But I'm sure he'd been told that a time or two . . .?
Then we waited and waited some more. I think his whole weight-group was "byed" a round. I was dying. Jonas was dying more. Miles was slightly dying - but occupied by his book at least.
Then Miles went up for the 3rd-or-4th- place match. He lasted all 3 periods, but lost. He had 0 points and his opponent had 6. He had some decent moves and blocked some moves his opponent was trying on him. But he wrestled mainly on the defense and reaction side of things. But he wasn't horrible. So technically he took "4th" but that was only by default really - he only "won" the round he was "byed" on - if that makes sense? If you have a "bye," it is counted as a win.
We thought about staying for the award ceremony, but none of us could hold on for any more. So, six hours later (for Jonas and I), and 8 1/2 hours later for Miles, we left and came back home.
One good thing was that Miles did get to watch the 2 kids vying for 1st or 2nd in his weight group. The first kid that Miles wrestled was in this match and ended up winning. In fact, he pinned the 2nd-place finisher in the first 30 seconds as well. I think that made Miles feel a little better.
Again, we are super happy that Miles tried wrestling. It was a huge thing for this "non-sporty" kid of ours. He enjoyed practices. But not so much the waiting and waiting at the matches. We'll see what happens next year . . . ?