I recently ran across this article on youth wrestling. I found it insightful... enjoy reading!
"Youth wrestling is a contact sport that requires a student/athlete to face an opponent of equal size and age completely on their own. Winning or losing is a matter of individual strength, speed, intelligence and courage
There is no one else to share the lonely void of discouragement when things do not turn out as intended. The intense feeling of accomplishment can be overwhelming when things go well.
Wrestling, therefore, makes special demands of it's student athletes with regard to discipline and character. A young competitor who has sincerely devoted the time and effort demanded by the sport, will come away with elevated self-confidence, higher motivation, an increased sense of personal responsibility and greater strength of character. In many ways, wrestling can assist an adolescent in becoming a more responsible adult.
...Winning -- in terms of the final score -- is not the only thing. We coaches believe that every competitor that walks on the mat is a winner. Not just because they have given up several nights a week to train, or because they are spending their weekends at tournaments rather than in front of the TV. But, because when your son or daughter trots onto the wrestling mat, ALONE, to test themselves in front of their parents and peers, they are winners. NO MATTER what the scoreboard says, they are champions and we are always very proud of their courage."