Each week of the season Gophersports.com will feature a Jennie-O-Wrestler of the week. This week's wrestler is senior Zach Sanders from Wabasha, Minn.
Why did you choose the sport of
born into a wrestling family. I'm
thankful it matches my abilities and personality.
What was the biggest adjustment
you had to make when moving from high school wrestling to college wrestling?
to be more physical to make up for a lack of strength/size and learning how to
escape from bottom, which is what most freshman struggle with.
What is the feeling like after a big
takedown or scoring a pin?
depends on the situation but here at Minnesota we take pride in dominating our
opponents the best we can.
What team or individual performance are you
most proud of?
It is yet to come.
Where is your favorite place to eat on
What is your favorite Minnesota tradition?
I am proud to be part of the program I grew up watching and
dreaming of wrestling for in my home state.
I remember watching all the past "Gopher Greats" and getting goose
bumps. I like being part of the winning
What is the best part of being a member of
the Minnesota wrestling team?
The culture here is excellent.
We have awesome resources in our coaches, training partners, boosters,
and fans. My teammates are my best
friends and its fun being part of it all.
Why did you choose Minnesota?
It worked out well for me.
I knew I had to go to a good wrestling school to reach my potential and
I saw myself fitting into the line-up. I
really liked the coaching staff and their system. I had a lot of good friends and training
partners here at Minnesota already.
Looking back now, I could not have imagined going anywhere else.
Who on the team is the team prankster?
I would have to say Coach Eggum.
He is always joking around and is hilarious. He does a good job at keeping things loose
when they need to be.
have you learned from wrestling that has helped you in other aspects of your
I would say wrestling has helped me in almost every aspect of my
life along with giving me a lot of opportunities.
11. What is
your favorite sports movie?
Probably For Love of the Game or Without Limits.
are you listening to on your iPod right now?
listen to pretty much everything but lately I have been on a country music
kick. Teammate Joel Bauman produced a cool song in
"Wonder That." Check it out on iTunes.
13. Do you
have any pre-match superstitions?
Not really other than that I usually eat the same things before
are your goals for this season?
15. What is
your favorite sport outside of wrestling?
I liked to play a lot of sports like baseball, football, and
golf. I am also interested in sports that have a
toughness factor to them such as MMA, triathlons, and marathons.
16. What has
been the best memory in your Gopher wrestling career?
Earning All-American status as a freshman.
17. If you
had the choice to travel either forward or backward in time, which would you
I wish I was a freshman so I could have five more years living
18. Where do you like wrestling at more the
Pavilion or Williams Arena?
The NCAA Championships.
The atmosphere is second to none.
19. What is your favorite TV show?
20. What is your favorite food?