Wrestling Motivational Quotes

Wrestling motivational quotes are intended to inspire you to do your best on the mat. No other sport will push an individual to their limit in such a short period of time as wrestling. The oldest recorded sport, wrestling pits one will against another in primal combat.

All former wrestlers on any level have a bond that is knowing what it takes to prepare and be competitive at this sport.

Team sports build a person in a totally different way. When you are on the mat it is just you and the man across the mat. There is no one else to blame for your failures, and no one else feel the pump of success. There is a place for team sports, camaraderie, and the like. This is not that place.

You will never learn more about yourself than you will by being a wrestler.

Here is a great motivational quote for wrestling. It is about life but when you read it you will know it is really for wrestlers.

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt

I want to share a few clips from a great wresting movie Visionquest. One of the best wrestling movies I know of.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for more wrestling motivational quotes

"The only thing that matters in wrestling are your teeth and your testicles. Anything else, keep wrestling, stop whining."

Gary Dierks

Wrestling Motivational Quotes


“I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.” - Socrates

Wrestling Motivational Quotes


“No exercise brings into play all the muscles of the body in a more thorough manner, and none is more interesting than wrestling. He will find no other exercise more valuable in the cultivation of faculties which will help him to success in agility, strength, determination, coolness, and quick exercise of judgement.” - Hugh Leonard


“This is a sport (wrestling) that has turned many boys into men and many men into leaders. And it is a sport in which you can be a giant regardless of how big you are.” - Carl Albert


There are no losers in wrestling, just winners and learners. – Unknown


“Take a strong wrestler, get them tired, and they aren't as strong.


Take a quick wrestler, get them tired, and they aren't as quick.

Take a technical wrestler, get them tired, and they aren't as technical.

No matter what kind of wrestler, everyone is afraid of getting tired.

It's those who learn to perform when they're tired that find success.” - J. Robinson


“Once you've wrestled, everything in life is easy. “- Dan Gable


“No activity I know is more of a confidence builder and at the same time more 'humility training' than wrestling. “ - Congressman James Leach


Good, better, best

Never let it rest

'Til your good is better

And your better is best! – Unknown


“But it's the wrestler who can put the fatigue out of his mind and break through the "wall," like a marathon runner after 18 or 20 miles, who will survive. The key to that survival is in hard workouts that develop mental confidence to the point where you won't submit to fatigue and pain descending upon you.” - Lou Banach

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