Ian Janes on wrestling and his future

By: Warren Gordon on Dec. 13, 2013


Memorial wrestler Ian Janes is dedicated to improving his performance through a demanding practice and training schedule that has already yielded results. Janes recently took home a silver medal at the York Open in his 72 kilogram weight class. He was drawn to wrestling in high school and feels that the sport has a lot to offer to people willing to work hard.


Janes started wrestling in his teenage years, and discovered the sport through some guidance.


Ian Janes“I started wrestling when I was in grade eleven at 15 years old,” said Janes. “There was never any wrestling around growing up, and that was the first year my high school had a team after our coach moved to Mount Pearl from Carbonear. When I started wrestling I was going through a difficult time in my life and my best friend had joined the high school team before I did and he was always talking about it. I decided to give it a shot and immediately loved the sport.”


As Janes will tell you, wrestling is not for everybody. It may look like an easy sport to pick up, but there is a lot of effort involved behind the scenes, as well as on the mat.


“Wrestling can be a difficult sport to follow,” said Janes. “You need to really understand the basics before moving forward. It's also one of the most difficult sports you could partake in. Wrestling requires a lot of training on the mat as well as off the mat, it's a sport that requires a lot of dedication and effort to become good at. It isn't the type of sport someone can be naturally gifted at, it takes a long time to really get good. Patience is key, because lots of new people come into this sport and get tossed around like dolls and decide they don't like it. It can also take a mental toll, especially in regards to weight cutting, which is what many of the top athletes do in order to wrestle in a lower weight class and be bigger than their opponents.”


If that is not enough to convince you that wrestling is a vigorous sport, Janes tells us that he has a weekly dedicated training schedule that pushes the boundaries.


“I train about 12 hours a week most weeks, sometimes more,” said Janes. “On top of four wrestling practices a week, I also do two weight lifting sessions a week, along with usually two shorter distance runs a week of about five to seven kilometres. I also do interval training twice a week, my preferred method is sprints. I'm thinking about adding in some plyometrics training too after we come back from Christmas break.”


Janes says that the York Open was a good experience but he could have done better.


“I realize I did very well at the York Open, placing second in a pretty big weight class competing against Ontario universities is definitely an accomplishment, and it is my first medal at the university level,” said Janes. “However, I feel I could've wrestled better in the final match and should have come back with a gold medal.”


As for the future, the kinesiology student says he has a lot on his plate to accomplish. As a deaf athlete he has his sights set on the Deaf Olympics and achieving success on the national level. “I tend to base everything I do around goals and accomplishing them,” said Janes. “Some of my biggest goals in wrestling are to compete in the Deaf Olympics are to win CIS, and junior/senior national medals. I'd also love to someday compete internationally, at a world championships even. Outside of wrestling my main goal is to be successful, I want to finish my degree and go on to become a doctor.”


While Janes says that the training and work put into the wrestling sport is tremendous, he wishes to see more people involved with the sport. “I'd really like to see more people get involved in this sport,” said Janes. “A lot of people are intimidated by it, and it is hard, but it's worth it. It'd really changed my life for the better, so I would encourage anyone looking to be active, or looking for something new to give it a try. While wrestling is an individual sport, and none of your teammates can help you in the middle of a match, they're are still like a second family.”


Finally, Janes says that his plans for the holidays include not trying to ruin all of the hard work he has put into training.


“I don't have any big plans for the holidays,” said Janes. “Mainly I'll be trying not to eat too much and keep my weight down as much as possible! While we aren't having practices over the break, I still plan to be training off the mats. I also want to spend some time with friends and family, because on top of school and training I don't really get to spend much time with them. Other than that, I think a little bit of relaxation may also be nice.”




Warren Gordon is the Sports Editor at The Muse and the host of The Party on Memorial University's campus radio station 93.5 CHMR-FM.