As the son of former professional wrestler Robert Rechsteiner — better known as Rick Steiner, one half of the Steiner Brothers tag team with his brother, Scott — and the youngest of three brothers that have all wrestled at Etowah, Bronson enters each match knowing the high standard he is expected to live up to.
“I get it pretty rough,” said Rechsteiner, slated to compete at 138 pounds this season. “(My family) puts a lot of pressure on me to work hard and to be the best, better than even my brothers. They push me to be the best I can be even when I have nothing left.”
The oldest brother, Hudson, was a standout wrestler for Etowah before graduating in 2010. The middle brother, Maveric, is a senior who wrestles as 225 pounds.
The first generation of brothers achieved fame wrestling as part of World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s and ’90s. Robert Rechsteiner is retired as a wrestler and now works locally in real estate and as a member of the Cherokee County school board.
With all the influence from above, Bronson doesn’t have the option of taking a day off.
“When I was a freshman my older brother, Hudson, put a lot of pressure on me, so I try to put a little bit of pressure on him,” said Maveric Rechsteiner, who placed third in state last year at 195 pounds. “I just push him to get him to work hard.”
Wrestling every day at the high school level is something that Bronson is quickly getting used to.
“He’s coming in from wrestling kids that were 13 years old and still trying to figure out how to do things, to wrestling 17- and 18-year-olds, so he’s going to have to adjust,” first-year Etowah coach Charles Higdon said.
Maveric Rechsteiner said his little brother is just trying to “get into the high school groove.”
“It is a lot to grasp,” Maveric added, “and wrestling in high school is a lot more aggressive and intense than at a younger age, and it involves more strength. But he’s starting to get it.”
Despite being outmatched by some of his older and larger opponents, Bronson said he’s been trying to continually better himself, even when he’s on the losing end.
“I’ve wrestled with some of the guys that have already been to state, and even if I’m getting beat pretty bad, they push me, and I use that for motivation,” he said. “It is either work harder or get beat.”
Those watching Bronson feel he has the necessary skills to find success in the sport.
“He is a very talented kid that has all of the tools you want,” Higdon said. “You can see a steeper incline of his skill level probably more so than anybody else in the room. He’s gotten a lot better more quickly than what you’re generally used to seeing.”
“He can place at state this year,” Maveric said. “He just has to get in the right mindset.”
Though Bronson may not be outwrestling his older brothers anytime soon, Maveric believes his younger brother has the potential to eventually surpass them.
“I have high expectations for him,” Maveric said. “He placed second at state in the eighth grade at 120 pounds and third the year before that at 105. I expect him to do better than me and Hudson. I hope he doesn’t surpass me, but if he gets into the right mindset that he can be good, he probably will.”