“More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride.”
Mike Land isn’t a big guy. In fact, he is short in stature and fairly non-descript. In other words, he is just a regular guy. But, he oozes with confidence. Why?
Well, Land just happens to be one of the greatest freestyle wrestling champions in U.S. history. A high school state champion at Valley High School of West Des Moines (IA) with a record of 26-0 during his senior year (105-12 in four years) and two-time National Junior Freestyle Champion, Land went on to a stellar career at Iowa State University in Ames under the legendary Hall of Fame coach Harold Nichols.
At Iowa State, he finished third in the Big 8 as a freshman, won the Big 8 title the next three years in a row, was undefeated during his junior year to capture the 126 pound NCAA title (48-0) in 1978 (as well as the prestigious Midlands title), and was NCAA runner-up the 134 pound class (34-1) as a senior in 1979. His 150 wins are the second-most in ISU history – nothing to sneeze at in a school that is celebrated for its wrestling program.
He was a 4-time NCAA All-American, a member of two NCAA Championship Teams, and was ranked 5th in the world in 1981. Land is a member of the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, The Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame (Dan Gable Museum), and the Iowa State University Athletic Hall of Fame , and more. He has continued his legacy by coaching more than 20 individual state champions and 125 state qualifiers and place winners in Iowa.
But Land is more than just a great wrestler and coach. He is also a great teacher.
Mike Land teaches confidence – the kind of confidence that can only be taught by someone who has paid his dues with thousands of hours on the wrestling mat and countless more hours of intense mental preparation for competition at the highest level. His unique educational program is designed to work with athletes or non-athletes on an individual basis or in small or large groups with an emphasis on building confidence and self-image. Each program is individualized even if conducted in a group setting with proven principles that work for anyone.
“We focus on the mental aspect of training as well as the physical activity, and we teach this by utilizing goal setting, visualization and other techniques to help people excel and reach their set goals,” says Land in a recent interview with the author.
During the past 20 years, Land’s program has trained over 500 individual athletes. While the program initially focused on wrestling, it has evolved over the years to include almost every individual and team sport and even business applications.
Land is currently scheduling “Learning for Life” workshops and private one-on-one sessions throughout the country. For further information, contact Mike Land at (417) 631-6070 or email him at MikeLand74@gmail.com. Learn how to take your confidence to a championship level in sports or business. No, wrestling isn’t bodybuilding, but the two sports are remarkably similar in training intensity, dieting, and the struggle with nagging injuries. Mike has the ability to take an “also ran” all the way to the top by building the kind of confidence of which only champions are made.