Sept. 18, 2012
GopherSports: Why did you choose to come to Minnesota?
Dylan Reel: I choose here because of the tradition of the wrestling program and I really liked the coaching staff and the team. As a group it just feels like a big family and I felt that it was a really good fit for me.
GS: What other schools did you consider?
DR: I was considering Boise State, Central Michigan and Oklahoma State.
GS: When did you first realize you could compete at the college level and that it was something you wanted to do?
DR: I realized that when I was a freshman in high school. I won my first state title and from then on wrestling was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
GS: You were also a letterwinner for football and track in high school. What made you decide to pursue wrestling in college as opposed to one of the others?
DR: I was considering football for a little while. But after I didn’t grow very much throughout high school, I wasn’t big enough to play football. I knew wrestling was going to be my fit.
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?
DR: One thing for me was team bonding, just bonding with members from my team. Football is more of a team sport than wrestling, but it taught me to be a leader and have a better bond with my teammates.
GS: What are some of your goals for your first season as a Golden Gopher?
DR: My biggest goal this year is just to get a lot better at wrestling; get a lot better on top and bottom and just to improve my skills and get tougher and stronger.
GS: What are you most looking forward to about starting college?
DR: I am mostly just looking forward to wrestling, getting better at it.
GS: You’re planning to major in communications and business. What draws you to that field?
DR: I had a teacher once tell me that I’m pretty comfortable talking in front of camera and that sort of thing so I decided I really wanted to pursue a field in communications where I can talk. It was something that really interested me because I like to talk to people and I feel comfortable doing it.
GS: Do you have any rituals or superstitions that you partake in before a competition?
DR: The only thing I do is I always eat bagels before I wrestle. It’s just something that sits well in my stomach. And I always listen to Ke$ha whenever I’m warming up so that’s my kind of method.
GS: You’ve competed in both freestyle and Greco wrestling. Do you prefer one style over the other? Why?
DR: Greco is definitely my favorite. I’ve been doing it for a while and I’ve been with a lot of good coaches.
GS: You also enjoy juggling and ninja tumbling. Talk about that. What exactly is it? How did you get involved?
DR: When I was in sixth grade I stared juggling in gym class and I got pretty good at it pretty fast. Within a week I was able to juggle bowling pins and things like that; I can juggle four or five tennis balls. I do a lot of weird stuff like that when I’m bored. I like to tumble, I like to flip. Me and my buddies play ninja around town and just flip off of things. I don’t know it’s kind of weird…we just do it when we’re bored.
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