The early stages for most beginning wrestlers usually include plenty of crying and, perhaps, a couple of tantrums thrown in.
Not surprising when a youngster is starting out as getting pinned and battered around on the mat are not uncommon.
But there are exceptions.
"Yeah, Kyle (Hauserman) was pretty good just about right away," former longtime Council Rock North head coach Tom Vivacqua said. "I've known him forever, and he was different."
That early skill blossomed over and over, eventually leading to four trips to Hershey and three PIAA state medals - including a third place at 138 pounds in this, his senior, season.
It also led to Hauserman being named the Intelligencer/Courier Times Wrestler of the Year.
"He's truly a once in a lifetime kid," CR North head coach Mike Diglia said. "And I don't say that lightly. Coaches will talk about having someone on their team that the other kids look up to, but that's really true with Kyle.
"There are no shortcuts with him, and the other kids notice that and learn from that. He helps the younger wrestlers and does whatever he can for the team. The younger kids, especially in our youth program, look up to him.
"Even for my kids, Kyle is their hero. We're really going to miss him and not just because he's one of the most decorated wrestlers to ever come out of this area, but for everything that he does off the mat."
Hauserman leaves the CR North program as just the third Indian to have won three PIAA medals in the 17-year history since the district split into two high schools. And his senior season was, in a word, remarkable.
Hauserman went 21-1 and didn't lose until the quarterfinals of the PIAA tournament. In fact, through his first 15 matches, he didn't surrender a point. He would go on to win his second Southeast Regional title and the east Super Regional championship.
And, after that 3-1 sudden-victory loss in Hershey to Dylan Evans of Chartiers Valley, Hauserman rebounded to win two more matches to get another crack at Evans in the match for third. He wouldn't lose again, this time handing Evans an 8-4 defeat.
"How many times do you see a kid, especially a senior, with a legit shot at a gold medal at states, lose an early match and then just mail it in after that?" Vivacqua said.
"But you don't see that with Kyle. He lost early and fought his way back and got that third-place medal. That just shows you something about him."
Hauserman, a University of Pennsylvania commit who plans to major in Economics, was disappointed he didn't reach the top step of the podium in Hershey, but he won't let not having that happen define him.
"Every single year in high school my goal was to win a state title," Hauserman said. "Obviously, I fell short all four years, but you need to aim high, and that's what I did.
"Not winning the gold medal this season was kind of devastating, but it's not the end of the world. I'm just grateful that we were able to even have a season with everything that is going on and grateful for all of the people who helped me so much over the years. Growing up, my parents were willing to take me all over the place to face the best competition and all of the coaches and teammates over the years have taught me so much."
That maturity, according to Diglia, will serve Hauserman well going forward.
"Kyle will take not winning the state title and grow from it," Diglia said. "He lost that first match and stood there and took it like a man. He didn't run out of the arena like a lot of kids do when they're upset.
"I couldn't imagine how he was feeling at that moment, but he came back and was unbeatable after the loss and that's just what he does. He has such a bright future ahead of him, he has it mapped out.
"He's going to Penn, which tells you a lot about how well he does academically, and he'll go after a national championship in wrestling. Kyle is going to be just fine."