Oct. 10, 2012
GopherSports: When did you start to feel like you had the ability to wrestle in college?
Sam Brancale: I felt that midway through high school when I won my first state title I had the potential to wrestle in college at the U.
GS: Why did you choose to come to Minnesota?
SB: There is a great wrestling tradition. That and it’s so close to home.
GS: Your father wrestled for Minnesota in 75-76. What advice did he give you when you were making the college decision?
SB: He said to go where I wanted to, but he knew that the U of M was right for me.
GS: What other schools did you consider?
SB: NDSU, Northern Illinois, and Wisconsin
GS: What are some of your goals for your first season as a Golden Gopher?
SB: My goals are to win as many open tournaments I can and to improve to the ability of a starter.
GS: Do you have any rituals or superstitions before a competition?
SB: I don’t listen to music and I slap my whole body to pump myself up.
GS: You won two Minnesota state titles. Do you have a favorite?
SB: The last one was the best hands down. There was no greater way to end my high school career
GS: What was it like to be named Male Athlete of the Year at Eden Prairie High School?
SB: In a school so large, it was a great honor. It was also great because I was the first single sport athlete and first wrestler to win it.
GS: What is your favorite part of college so far?
SB: I enjoy the freedom and also the self-responsibility to manage my time effectively and organize my things.
GS: You are planning to get a degree in business. How did you choose that area of study?
SB: I have always been fascinated with the way money works and flows throughout industries.
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