Our Love Maroon Live Gold Athlete of the Week is Matt Randolph! Matt wrestles for the Scott West Panthers and has recently qualified for state this year (the only wrestler from Scott West)! This season he is 28-1, with his only loss being against the 14th ranked wrestler in the nation. Matt states, “This season I am 28-1 and my best match was actually my only loss. I say this because it shows how much I have grown as a wrestler in the past year. Last year when I wrestled this kid I lost 10-2. This year I lost 4-3 and almost pulled out the win in the last few seconds.” His coach has only great things to say about Matt:
“I have known Matt for several years now, one of the things I am most impressed about Matt is his wrestling IQ. He understands situations in matches that I see college wrestlers not understand. Matt is not good by luck or by being a super athlete, but rather his commitment to the sport. I am confident to say Matt out trains his opponents on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. We are fortunate to have him as part of our young nucleus of wrestlers coming through the program. I look forward to working with him over the next few years.” -Jerold Stauffacher
Learn More about Matt Randolph below:
What grade are you in?
How long have you been participating in your sport?
Since first grade
What is your pre-match meal?
After weigh-ins, I drink chocolate milk, an Arnie Palmer, and a bagel.
What is your favorite type of music?
I don’t listen to music
Do you have any superstitions regarding sports?
If you had one superpower what would it be and why?
Ability to teleport because then I could go anywhere anytime meaning travel would be easy the rest of my life.
If you could choose one teammate to be stuck on a deserted island with who would it be and why?
Dylan Tomas because he would be able to do a lot of the stuff needed to survive and get off the island.
Who is your favorite athlete?
What’s your pet peeve?
When people say that you “play wrestling”. You don’t play wrestling, you wrestle
What sport do you wish you could play? Why?
I wish I could do the biathlon (the skiing with the rifles)
Which teammate do you admire the most? Why?
I admire Tory Pumper and Adam Kelvington the most because they were always nice to me and everyone else and they wanted the best for the team.
What’s your favorite drill to do at practice? Explain it.
If you’re having a bad day what cheers you up?
What is your favorite TV show?
What’s your favorite quote?
It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.
Describe yourself in 3 words or less.
Flexible, Smart, Determined
What’s your favorite subject/class?
What is the best advice you received through sports?
Wrestling is easy, you just have to work harder than everyone else.
What is your best advice you’d give to someone looking up to you?
Work hard, but don’t forget to have fun.