How did you finish at state tournaments in youth?
I won two AAU titles, two USA titles and two grade school titles. All of these came in a three year span leading into high school.
How did you finish at the state tournaments you wrestled in at the HS level?
3rd; 1st; 1st.
You had to forgo you senior year, how hard of a decisions was this?
Extremely difficult, but I had a lot of support from coaches and family.
What factors were involved in this decisions?
The main factor was my future in the sport, I had thankfully already won on the biggest stage in Iowa, so the potential to do that at the next level wasn't worth the risk for a state title.
Was there ever a point in your career where you noticed yourself jumping levels and making huge strides?
I would say middle school I noticed that I was starting to separate myself from some of my competitors, which was all due to my coaching and the environment of the room I was in.
Who were some of your toughest competitors in HS?
Eric Faught, Dootlittle, Drew Bennett, all of them were super tough!
Who did you have the best battles with?
I'd say Eric Faught. We only competed head-to-head once but every year it seemed like a chess match guessing who was going to go what weight. He's a super intelligent wrestler and I'm excited to see how his career plays out as well!
What are your wrestling goals now that you are moving on from high school?
Win an NCAA title; as well as be apart of a national championship team here at ISU!
How would you describe your wrestling style? Who would you compare yourself to?
I'd say I am very calculated but rely a lot on reaction time and foot speed; I find it really hard to compare my style with anyone I've watched! I believe my style has bits and pieces from a lot of wrestlers!
You have wrestled in the Junior/Cadet Nationals in Fargo, what style is your favorite?
Freestyle, hands down, very beneficial to creative and fast thinking wrestlers!
Do you have any regrets from wrestling or did you leave it all out there?
I always left it out on the mat. If I had to point out any regrets it would be with how my preparation was handled.
What other sports do you play and how have you done at them?
Football (I'm not very big. I'm sure you can guess how that went.)
Cross Country, Tennis
What are some of your hobbies besides wrestling? And what is a favorite memory?
I really enjoy fishing. One of my favorite memories was bow-fishing the first time with Alex Thomsen and Blake!
What is your favorite HS wrestling memory?
The Fargo and Junior Duals trips will always be my favorite memories from high-school.
What is some of the best advice you ever received?
To control what I can control, it's simple but very effective and true!!!
Do you have any advice for up and coming wrestlers?
To have confidence and trust in their training!
Who were some of the most influential coaches you worked with at the youth and HS level?
Dave Wenger, Darren Helm, Nick and Tom Pickerell, along with Jake Agnitsch and many more!
What was some of your favorite tournaments?
Interstate 35, Solon and Fargo!
Being a 2A school, how important is it to participate in other activities? What other activities are you involved in?
I'd say it's extremely important, being an all-round athlete proves to be beneficial and helps you decompress after the long season that wrestling is! I was involved in tennis, cross country and football.
Being a Denver Broncos fan, you must be aware that Pro Bowl long snapper Casey Kreiter of Central DeWitt was a wrestling place winner here in Iowa. Have you had the opportunity to make a Broncos game? And meet Casey?
I have never met Casey but plan on attending a game and hopefully meeting him!!!
How are the Broncos going to respond to 15 years of Patrick Mahomes?
NO FLY ZONE; just wait, orange crush defense will be back! LOL
What are your college plans? Is wrestling in your future whether it be competing or coaching?
I am majoring in marketing as well as minoring in journalism so I intend to getting back into the sport after college through becoming a media member or coach!
Albia qualified one at the state tournament, what is the future outlook for Albia wrestling?
It's really bright! We have a really good mix of young guys and seniors who all desire to get better at wrestling, not to mention a great staff who will have them where they need to be come February!