Over the last weekend, elite wrestlers from all around the nation gathered around in the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado to compete in one of the top pre-season tournaments of the year. This years Monster Match Tournament reached a record breaking 1700 wrestlers competing against one another in a single day. Even with this high capacity of competitors this tournament had flown very smoothly and efficiently, as crowds of people swarmed together to witness this exciting event.
“This is the first time I’ve been here for this kind of tournament and I have to say I love being here” says former NCAA Champion and mixed martial artist Bubba Jenkins, “its great to see all of the kids here, RMN has set up a pretty cool tournament.”
Jenkins, along with 4x All-American and 2x national runner-up and former Head Coach for Arizona State University, Shawn Charles, were opening speakers for the tournament and helped provide a valuable opportunity for wrestlers to learn a thing or two from some of the sports top competitors.
This also marked the first year that Monster Match Nationals has provided a girl’s division within the tournament, setting a milestone in RMN Events history as talented female wrestlers were able to partake in the competition, allowing some young women to be titled amongst the first to take home the gold at an RMN Event and further expand on the wrestling community.
“Nothing is harder than this sport” says former female wrestler and current UFC top contender Cat Zingano before watching her son compete in the tournaments junior division “I honestly think that wrestling is applicable for any obstacle that life can throw your way.”
Personally, I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t matter who you are or how great you may naturally be at the sport, wrestling consists of one’s own test of personal will and determination that allows for wrestling athletes to open their eyes to their true potential, to reach that potential, and further push themselves beyond that point. Through this you learn to break skeptical, mental boundaries and gradually achieve an unsurpassable mentality that one can apply to challenges in their everyday life, the true prize behind these tournaments.