When I was a competitor and now as a coach, I have always embraced the change in styles. After 4 long months of folkstyle training, changing styles has always refreshed my spirits. Freestyle and Greco are more layed back and fun. Learning how to score points in different ways was very interesting to me.
Also, virtually everything you learn in Freestyle and Greco makes you a better Folkstyle wrestler. Whether it's the tilts in Freestyle, the tie-ups in Greco, or the throws and back awareness in both styles, everything helps improve your Folkstyle wrestling.
There's no coincidence about how many of the high school state champions this past weekend have gone out to Fargo to compete at the national level. The opportunities to compete on a larger stage in Freestyle and Greco are much greater than in Folkstyle. During the finals, I had counted 13 wrestlers that I have personally been involved in coaching at a Freestyle or Greco national tournament. Many of the other finalists have also participated in these tournaments as well. Once someone has competed at Fargo against the nation's best wrestlers in a football stadium with 23 mats down on the floor, Conseco isn't nearly as intimidating!