Bob Steenlage Award Winner & 2A Best of the Best Captain, Julien Broderson

By Joshua Swafford for The Predicament

When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport?
I started when I was 3 years old. My other brother got a waiver from school when he was in kindergarten to wrestle for Davenport west.

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do?
I started the same time as my brother, but before that nobody else had wrestled in my family.

Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process?
I caught on fairly quick. I won my first state title when I was 5.

What club did you wrestle for growing up and how would you describe your experience with the club?
I started wrestling at Davenport west, then to Bettendorf, and then to young guns.

What are a couple memorable moments from youth wrestling?
One of my most memorable moments is when I wrestled the state finals in 4th grade against very talented wrestler, Anthony Zach. I was down by 2 towards the end of the 3rd period. I got a reversal to force OT. Then I got a takedown in OT to win.

Who were your wrestling heroes growing up?
The wrestlers I remember looking up to most growing up were Brent Metcalf and Ryan Morningstar

Was there ever a point in your career where you noticed yourself jumping levels and making huge strides?
The biggest jump I saw was from my freshman year to my sophomore

Who were some of your toughest competitors to this point?
Some of my toughest competitors in my recent years have been Ryg, Griffin Liddle, and Abe Assad.

What are your wrestling goals now that you are moving on from high school?
Next goal is to earn a starting spot at Iowa State and to win a National championship

What other sports do you play and how have you done at them?
I play baseball as well. We won a state title in 3a last year and I was first team all state as a pitcher

What is some of the best advice you ever received?
One of the best advice I have received is to never take a day off. Get 1% better every single day.

Who were some of the most influential coaches you worked with at the youth and HS level?
As a youth the most influential coach would be dan knight and in high school would be Tristen dshazer and Pete bush.

Some names who have been named Best of the Best Captain in the past include; Brody Teske, Alex Thomsen, Carter Happel, Max Thomsen, Brandon Sorenson, John Meeks, Jake Marlin, Dan Leclere, Jesse Sundell, Josh Watts, Mack Reiter, CJ Ettelson, Jay Borschel, Bart Reiter, TJ Sebolt, etc.  How much of an honor do you consider it to be included with those names as The Predicament’s Best of the Best 2A Captain?

It’s an honor to be in a list of so many great wrestlers that went on to do great things. I just hope to become as successful as them in the sport of wrestling.