Staying Clean Leads to Success on the Mat
COLUMBIA - MU wrestler Todd Schaverein stays disciplined in all aspects of his life to keep focused on wrestling success.
In one week, Schavrien went from 153 pounds to 141 pounds but it took more than hard work. On average, he lost two pounds per day; his breakfast included black coffee and toast with peanut butter on top. Throughout the day he would have a protein shake and eat dinner directly after his practice. Twice a week, Shavrien lifted weights in the morning and had regular practice in the afternoon. Practice included working on technique, live wrestling, and cardio. Any down time in practice, Shavrien was always moving. This helps to cut weight. In wrestling, athletes have to be disciplined in every aspect of their life. For Shavrien, his obsession with cleaning helped him cut weight and stay disciplined on the mat.
"He's always doing the dishes. He wakes up at like 6 in the morning, 7 in the morning, every morning and just does the dishes or cleans the house, I don't know why," MU wrestler Alan Waters said.
"I have to be disciplined with cleaning and all that and it carries over to being disciplined with your weight what you eat, how much you eat. How much you're losing a day," Todd Schavrien said.
His coaches understand his routine.
"He wants the same warm up, he wants the same kind of week, a very structured week and we understand that with him," MU assistant coach Jason Mester said.
By Thursday, three days before his meet, Shavrien still had eight pounds to lose.
"It's a whole nother sport in itself really. Weight cutting is hard, just as hard as wrestling," Schavrien explained.
"People that wrestle know they don't just see that match, they see everything that went into that match: the hours, the blood, the sweat, the tears that went into that," Schavrien said.
And the sacrifices don't stop at the mat, Schavrien said he missed out on a lot of the regular college experiences because he cutting weight, practicing, or getting ready for the season.
"I made a lot of sacrifices. I sacrifice my body," Schavrien said. Sacrificing his body for one ultimate goal.
"I mean I want to win a national title, it's what I've wanted to do since I started wrestling," Schavrien explained.
And at the end of the day.... "I feel like we make the most sacrifices and have the littlest glory but the glory is within ourselves," Schavrien said.
And he will ride that glory all the way to the Big 12 tournament on March 5th, in Ames, Iowa.