Askren didn’t make comparisons between MMA and wrestling or say that one is more difficult than the other, but he definitely said the expectations were very different when it came to training wrestling. for young people than martial arts lessons for young people.
“With our wrestling academy it’s really clear,” Askren said with a laugh. “Parents bring their kids to academy, they want to get tougher, learn a certain work ethic, maybe if they are successful they will earn a state title or go to college. The wait is perfect where it should be, as with MMA every parent thinks their child will someday be on TV and be Conor McGregor.
Gyms are relatively new to the big picture of the sport of wrestling, but AWA is starting to see some names move up the rankings. Keegan O’Toole, Parker Keckeisen, Peyton Mocco, Jared Kreider and many more have gone from AWA to college threats and the number of names is unlikely to drop anytime soon.