High School Sumo Wrestling to Accommodate Obese Student Athletes
Interscholastic high school wrestling’s heavyweight division varies between 265-275 pounds. In American Public Schools, many school aged boys couldn’t dream of getting down to that weight.
The country is facing an obesity epidemic of epic proportions, and we are losing our youth to video games and fast food. When athletic participation dropped across all sports, some parents began plotting a way to win them back. Their solution? Add high school sumo wrestling to the list of regularly offered extra curricular activities.
“My son is 5’11”, and weighs a healthy 310. He’s just big boned. What if he wants to play sports?” Asks Brenda Schafer, a concerned mother who is pro sumo wrestling. The addition of sumo wrestling would allow student athletes of any size or shape to participate, without arbitrary weight restrictions that don’t take into consideration the reality of many of our nation’s youth. In fact, high school sumo wrestling encourages student athletes to put on extra weight.
Because at a certain point, a heavy enough blob becomes an immovable object.
Will high school Sumo wrestling catch on in America? They have a large pool to choose from, and the sport’s liberal attitude regarding obesity should go over well with students who have faced a lifetime of athletic discrimination. Another obvious concern is the risk of myocardial infarction. Weighing three hundred and fifty pounds as an adolescent is not good for your heart, and neither is strenuous activity without conditioning. Many interscholastic sport fans are not particularly excited for the new addition.
“Look, I love good heavyweight wrestling. But it’s rare to find decent heavyweight wrestlers at the high school level. I simply cannot imagine that removing the heavyweight cut off will somehow make for more compelling action.” says Francis Scott Gibbson, an avid sports fan. Plans for adopting sumo wrestling nationwide are in preliminary stages.