Senior Spotlight: Troy Monahan III, Mason City

By Joshua Swafford for The Predicament

When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport?

I started wrestling when I was in preschool. My dad and my brother introduced me to the sport.

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do?

My brother Jordon Monahan wrestled. He never made the state tournament.

Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process?

It was a gradual process for me. It took many years.

What club did you wrestle for growing up and how would you describe your experience with the club?

I wrestled for Mason City Knighthawk. It was a very good experience for me because because I had great coaches there like Todd Krieger and Jim Gribben.

What are a couple memorable moments from youth wrestling?

One moment that sticks out to me is qualifying for the AAU state tournament.

I only qualified once and I was one match away from placing.

How did you finish at the state tournaments you wrestled in at the HS level?

I placed 8th as a junior and 4th as a senior.

Although you may not have placed as high as you would have liked this year, do you still consider it a successful season given the opponents you defeated during the season and the big tournaments you won such as the CIML and the Keith Young?

There are definitely some points of the season I look at as a success, like winning the Keith Young and the CIML and beating a lot of good opponents but I didn’t accomplish my goal of winning a state title so that part wasn’t a success to me.

What are your wrestling goals for the future?

My wrestling goals now are to make the lineup at Upper Iowa and be a D2 national champion and to win a team title as well.

What kind of style do you wrestle? Is there any wrestler you would compare yourself to?

I would say my style is a high pace and constantly in your face. I would compare myself to Austin Desanto because of his high pace.

Do you have any regrets or did you leave it all out there?

I don’t have any regrets, I feel like I left it all out there.

How confident are you that you will turn some heads at Fargo and bring home some hardware?

I’m very confident that I will bring home some hardware and turn some heads before college. I’ve been working pretty hard, I’ve been sidelined a little bit because of an ankle injury.

Did you play any other sports besides wrestling?

I played football and I did pretty well in that.

What are some of your hobbies off the mat?

I like to go fishing with friends and just hang out and play video games.

What was your favorite memory from HS wrestling?

My favorite memory would be placing at the state tournament my Junior year.

What is the best advice you ever received?

The best advice I’ve received is from my coach Jake Phillips and it was “everything you do is supposed to be hard, but do it anyways.”

Do you have any advice for up and coming wrestlers?

The advice I would give is to work hard and not give up on the sport because if you stay with it and give it everything you have, it will pay off in the end.

Who were some of the most influential coaches you had in your wrestling career?

The most influential coaches to me were Dusty Rhodes, Andy Thompson, Jake Phillips and Carl Valley. My youth coaches who helped me were Todd Krieger and Jim Gribben.

How proud were you to be a part of a very solid and respectable Mason City squad?

I was very proud. It was awesome to be apart of that squad. To have all four of us go 8-0 in the first two rounds was awesome. We were definitely being talked about and that was cool to see.

What are your plans for wrestling now that HS is over? Do you have any coaching aspirations?

I plan to wrestle at Upper Iowa and I plan to coach after I graduate.

How does the future look for Mason City wrestling?

The future looks bright. There are a lot of guys in that room that are doing the right things and they want to win. I’d lookout for these guys.

Who were your wrestling heroes growing up?

My wrestling hero’s growing up were Brent Metcalf and Tony Ramos.

Was there a certain point in your career where you noticed yourself making huge jumps and strides in your wrestling game?

I noticed myself making jumps in between my sophomore and junior year.

How cool was it knowing that you made your parents as proud as you did?

It was awesome knowing that I made them proud. I have the best parents and they supported me through everything and have taken me everywhere to wrestle so that I can be the best. I can’t thank them enough.

I’d also like to give a shoutout to Spencer Trenary. He has helped me a lot and has made me better. Best workout partner you could ask for.