Sept. 11, 2012
GopherSports: Why did you choose to come to Minnesota?
Brett Pfarr: Well, I'm from Minnesota so it's close to my home. Not too far. I've grown up watching Gopher sports, particularly wrestling. It always has been kind of a dream of mine to wrestle for the Gophers.
GS: What other schools did you consider?
BP: I was considering NDSU quite a bit. I was just looking around at other colleges but Minnesota and NDSU were probably my top two choices.
GS: Your brother Matthew also wrestled in college at St. Johns. Did he help in your decision to move to the next level of competition?
BP: Yes. He was a two-time All-American for St. Johns University. Watching him on the mat at the NCAAs was always cool. I always wanted to wrestling in college. I didn't know which division yet but last year I decided I wanted to go DI and he definitely helped influence that decision. He said that he believed I had the ability to wrestle in Division I and succeed. He said I should go for it and Minnesota was a great school to go to.
GS: Do you have any rituals or superstitions that you partake in before a competition?
BP: I usually don't listen to music before I wrestle. I usually just have some quiet. I sometimes will watch my teammates and cheer them on. Get a good warm-up in an go out on the mat.
GS: When did you first realize you could compete at the college level and that it was something you wanted to do?
BP: Probably around nineth or tenth grade I knew I could wrestle in college. Then these past two years, junior and senior years, I realized that I might be able to go Division I and try my shot at that.
GS: You were also a letterwinner for cross country and track in high school. Any inkling to try to pursue that in college, or was it always wrestling?
BP: No, it was always wrestling. I couldn't compete the last season because I had a knee injury. I couldn't run so that may have been part of it. But for me it was always wrestling.
GS: Are there any skills that translate between those sports? Does something you need to be good at for cross country, help you when it comes to wrestling or vice versa?
BP: They are both individual and team sports. It's all about you but the focus is on the team. You compete for both yourself and the team. They are both very tough sports. You have to be set and focused on what you are doing. You have to be able to work hard and push through any pain. Your work ethic translates very well.
GS: What are some of your goals for your first season as a Golden Gopher?
BP: I think I'll be redshirted so I just want to have a good record. I want to wrestle at 184 pounds so I have to get a little bit bigger before that happens. I will just learn, do well in tournaments, and keep getting better every day.
GS: What are you most looking forward to about starting college?
BP: I'm looking forward to meeting new people and having a lot of new experiences. So far I've met a lot of new people already. I like the less amount of class time but it is a lot more homework too. I'm also looking forward to competing and wrestling with the team.
GS: You've competed in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Is there one you prefer over the other?
BP: As a kid I used to hate Greco because it is all upper body. I never liked that and my dad always made me do it. But last year I was training with Dan Chandler and it became my favorite style. I wrestled at Fargo and did really well in that. I started to really enjoy Greco this past year but I like both styles.
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