“..I had a really good year and I am ready for this year.”

What areas did you make that improvement?

“Everywhere. I don’t know if there is one specific area. Obviously going from high school into college there is just bigger learning curves like bottom and top mat wrestling. Working with Telford I worked a lot on hands fighting. I feel like I got better. I feel like overall it helped my wrestling a lot.”

Biggest thing picked up from Bobby Telford?

“Telford works really hard, he’s a really hard worker. Just they way he wrestles matches is something I have always liked. it was one of the reasons that I came here. He’s a tough wrestler out on the mat and I like that; I kind of want my style like that – I think my style is a lot like that. He really gets after it and I think that is something he has brought to me. You have to work hard and go after scores.”

Was there a moment you thought ‘I want to be the one out there competing’?

“All year. You don’t come here to just be in the wrestling room and just practice. The goal is to be out there competing in Carver.”

Thoughts on 285 in the Big Ten?

“It’s going to be a grind, I am excited for it. That’s why you come to the Big Ten. You know you are going to have the best competition week in and week out. It’s a grind and I am excited for it.

By Ross Bartachek (@rossbchek)

Lead Editor of IA Wrestle