by Rob Cristino
Kim Aslanian, mother of Edgemont wrestlers John and Tyler Aslanian
What is it like to have two sons on the Edgemont wrestling team?
“It’s constant activity. From making sure the boys eat a healthy diet so they can perform at their best, to helping organize the annual Edgemont tournament (Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011) to getting to all the matches I can, this can be quite a task, as I’m usually traveling with my four other kids.”
When did John and Tyler start wrestling, and what sparked their interest in the sport?
“My boys started wrestling in the 2005-06 season. It was the beginning of the youth program in Edgemont. My husband wrestled a bit when he was in school and really had a passion for the sport. The coaching at Edgemont, from youth to varsity, pales to none. So it seemed like a logical step, given the amazing?coaches, my husband’s passion and the boys’ size.”
What do you love most about watching your two sons compete?
“To be honest, I love to watch my boys win. It’s a thrill to see all the hard work they put in truly pay off. From year-round training, to 6 a.m. workouts, to giving up a?social?life during the season, they give it their all, and winning is the reward for all the work and sacrifice.”
Do you ever get nervous watching them wrestle during a match?
“I tend not to get nervous when they wrestle. I’m?confident?they will wrestle with passion, skill and pride. I guess I would say I get excited. The rush of your child’s win is something not to be missed.”
What is the environment like at an Edgemont wrestling meet?
“The environment is very supportive. The?athletes?are amazingly supportive and really encourage each other. The parents do the same. You won’t find parents screaming negative comments at their child or the opponents. It’s really like a family ? we live through the ups and downs together.”
Why do you think it’s important for parents to attend sporting events?
“Parental involvement is critical to the success of a child, be it academically or athletically. I always support my kids, I am in the stands as much as possible. I also feel it is important to cheer on the kids whose parents don’t make it to the matches. Kids need to know what they do matters, and sitting in the stands shows the simple fact that I care and you matter.”