Senior Spotlight: Trey Schuck, Sibley-Ocheyeden

By Joshua Swafford for The Predicament

Senior Spotlight: Trey Schuck

When did you start wrestling? Who introduced you to the sport?
I was around 4 years old when I started to wrestle and my dad and brother influenced me to wrestle.

Do you have any family who wrestled before you? How did they do?
My dad and uncle started wrestling for the Schuck family. My uncle made state as a senior in 1986 and my dad never did but was out because of an injury. My brother was a 4 time state qualifier and a 3 time state medalist(8th, 5th, 2nd).

Did you catch on to wrestling quickly or was it a gradual process?
I would say that I caught onto wrestling pretty quickly. My dad got a wrestling mat when we were younger and put it downstairs so Dylan and I could wrestle with each other.

What club did you wrestle for growing up and how would you describe your experience with the club?
There was a club associated with our school and I went up there when I was younger and when I was in middle school, I went to Zapas in Orange City, Iowa and worked out at Northwestern College with Rik Dahl. Some experiences I had when I was younger was having fun and enjoying the sport.

What are a couple memorable moments from youth wrestling?
My mom video taping me was probably a favorite memory of mine yelling behind the camera haha love my mom. I finished first at winter nationals as a kindergartner. Also going to tournaments and having fun with family and friends.

How did you finish at state tournaments in youth?
I never placed at AAU state but made it as a 6th and 8th grader.

What are some of your more memorable moments from high school wrestling to this point?
One of my top memories of high school wrestling is winning the 5th place state duals for our team. Another memory is getting the fastest pin at state last year(2019) at 13 seconds. Making the stand and being a part of the Grand March last year was my favorite memory of high school so far.

How did you finish at the state tournaments you wrestled in at the HS level to this point?
5th place as a Junior and qualified Sophomore and Freshmen year but went 0-2.

Who were your wrestling heroes growing up? Who are your current wrestling heroes?

My wrestling heros growing up were my dad, Dylan, and Tom and Terry Brands. These guys still are my wrestling heros at this point because of how they are as people and can make me a better wrestler and person.

Was there ever a point in your career where you noticed yourself jumping levels and making huge strides?
When I got into Junior high, I started to notice myself getting better at wrestling. I started to work with my brother and started to get better each time we wrestled.

You and your brother, Dylan, are both able to hit elaborate moves that can be considered unconventional and some have classified it as “funk.” Where did you develop your style? Do you feel like the Schuck brothers have their own unique thing going on?
I would say that I have my own style. I like to be physical and wear down my opponent and if I’m ever in a sticky situation, I always feel as if I can get out of it in some type of way. I think my style develops from going to Zapas and learning different moves either if it was freestyle or whatever style it was. I feel like Dylan and I have our different kind of style because we can move differently than a lot of people in the room. People say we do the weirdest and crazy moves and I believe it comes second nature to us because we feel as if it is the right thing to do.

How comparable do you consider you and your brother, Dylan, to be wrestling wise and in terms of mental preparation? Did you learn a lot from your brother? Are you two extremely supportive of one another?
I think that Dylan is way better at mental preparation, but we both have our own ways of mental preparation. I learned a lot from my brother before he went to college and still learn a lot from him. We support each other like no other. We are very close brothers and people say they are never seen a bond as we have. We still battle it out when he comes home from college by having holes in doors, walls, and even bloodshed.

Who have been some of your toughest competitors in HS to this point in your career?
I fear no man that puts their foot on the line, but I respect them. I would say I myself am my biggest competitor.

What was your most memorable state tournament match?
My most memorable state tournament match would be when I got my 13 second pin.

Did you feel a difference in wrestling at state last year compared to the previous 2 years?
Yes, I felt more prepared mentally than in the last few years. I have new goals and will do whatever it takes to accomplish them.

How did you feel the moment you punched your ticket to the Grand March by placing last year?
I felt amazing and being in the Grand March was such a surreal moment and I will be wrestling this year after the Grand March.

What are your wrestling goals for this coming season?
State Champ.

How would you describe your wrestling style? Who would you compare yourself to?
I would describe my style as unique and I really have my own style that I don’t think anyone else has.

Do you have any regrets from wrestling that you want to make up for as a Senior?
Be the most dominant wrestler on the mat and winning state.

What other sports do you play and how have you done at them?
I play football and we are currently 3-1.

What are some of your hobbies besides wrestling?
I like to hang out with family and friends and always wanting to be having fun.

What is some of the best advice you ever received?
To always have fun with what you are doing and to always stay tough. My dad always said that to me.

Do you have any advice for up and coming wrestlers?
To always be tough and have fun.

What is your favorite style of wrestling? Folkstyle, Freestyle or Greco?
Freestyle.

Who were some of the most influential coaches you worked with?
My dad and Rik Dahl.

What are your college plans? Is wrestling in your future whether it be competing or coaching?
I am undecided right now and I will be wrestling in college and will always be connected to wrestling.

What is the future outlook for Sibley-Ocheyedan wrestling?
I believe that we will be the most physical and competitive people out there on the mat.