Adar Schwarzbach's Last Day Home Before Fargo Nationals

The Paly wrestler gets in one last workout in preparation for the 2019 Cadet National Championships.

Adar Schwarzbach sits back after his last home practice before he flies to Fargo, North Dakota the next morning. "You risk a lot going out there by yourself," he says.

By Ashley Wang     Photos by Grace Rowell

July 12, 2019

Adar Schwarzbach is on the wrestling mats 24/7. Well, not really, but almost. He works out twice a day, five to six days a week, with a morning practice at Paly and then either a lift or another practice at Menlo College in the afternoon. It's a busy lifestyle, and Schwarzbach admits that outside of wrestling, he doesn't have much time to be thinking about much else.

So once he qualified for the 2019 U.S. Marine Corps Cadet Nationals Championships (known affectionately by wrestlers as "Fargo"), the most prestigious national tournament in the country, that's all that's been on his mind as of late.

He wrestles freestyle July 13 and Greco-Roman July 17 to 20 in Fargo, North Dakota.

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I’m so excited for Fargo. There are going to be a ton of college coaches there, and I’m hoping to catch their attention.

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I'm not only doing all of this to get ready for Fargo. Even though it's the most important thing right now, I'm doing this so that I can have a successful season next year, and then another one after that. It's for the longterm.

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Summer is a different challenge than during the regular season because even though I'm not actively competing right now, it's all about getting ready for this one tournament. But I don't really have to be on top of my weight, which is nice. I feel energized going into practices.

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Today it's just about keeping my body moving so that I can go into my flight tomorrow and not really have to worry about being stiff. Just a light workout to keep the metabolism going.

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In wrestling, the only thing you're wearing is a singlet, socks, and a pair of shoes. So there's not that much opportunity to wear flashy stuff. But you have people with really big personalities. And so singlets are the number one way to express that.

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My favorite singlet that I have is from the 2009 Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic. It’s so prestigious that they have a whole committee to select the teams. And the only way to get the singlet it is to wrestle at the event. I bought it off of a kid's mom who found it in his bedroom when he went to college and didn't know how much it was worth. He’s a D1 wrestler now.

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In wrestling, you have to work really, really, really hard just to find a little success. You have to be fully committed. I think that's different than a lot of other sports because you can't train your way to the top in soccer or basketball or baseball. Genetics determine too much. But in wrestling, you can train your way to the top. There's zero substitute for hard work.

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Mentally, there's nowhere to hide in wrestling. In team sports, you can hide. You can make it so that no one notices you. It takes a lot of courage to go out there on the mat and go at it with someone for six minutes. It’s not just disappointing when you lose; it’s embarrassing. You risk a lot going out there by yourself.

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I make this a lot after working out. It’s kind of a shakshuka. I found the recipe online, simplified it ‘cuz there’s no way I’m making my own tomato sauce, and then added a bunch of stuff to it, like string cheese.

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I’m excited to eat cereal after Fargo. I like cereal... a lot... as you can see

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Correction: July 22, 2019

An earlier version of this article included a quote that has now been removed as per the request of Adar Schwarzbach.