NeelSwamy– Sports Editor
Wrestling is widely considered to be one of the toughest sports to compete in, not only physically but mentally as well. A student, Ben Geier(JR), has demonstrated success in academics by taking four Advanced Placement courses( a rigor that is rarely seen among student athletes)and had success on the wrestling mat. Ben had taken a year break due to health conditions but has since recovered and is ready to start his season.
Q: Do you feel the need to compete highly in both academics and athletics?
A: Yes because I want to have success in both. Success is my motive and it is what I strive for in all that I do.
Q: Have there been any major changes to the wrestling program as a whole since your freshman year?
A: Not necessarily. It is mostly just new faces and wrestlers who have significantly improved since I had last seen them.
Q: Is there a specific teammate that has shaped you as a wrestler?
A: Brady Miller has had the biggest impact on me. He gave me a person to look up to as a wrestler and a goal to work towards.
Q: What motivated your return to this sport?
A: I missed the pure adrenaline rush that comes from a wrestling match. Nothing else really compares to that.
Q: How do you handle your academics and athletics?
A: I make sure that I classify them as completely different objectives. When I am wrestling and studying, respectively, each is my sole focus.
Q: Which coach has had the biggest impact on you?
A: Coach Macko. He has really singled me out and taken me under his wing and has given me valuable advice and experience that have really helped me along the way.