Freshman spotlight: Lenny Bloom

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With the start of official practices just under two weeks away, UWBadgers.com will introduce to you the newest members of the Wisconsin wrestling team by giving you a look at who they are off the mat. First up: Deerfield, Ill., native Lenny Bloom.

Bloom joins the Badgers after a stand out career at Deerfield  High School where he left as the school's all-time leader in both wins and takedowns. Bloom was a two-time Illinois state tournament qualifier and, as a senior, was the class 3A Barrington sectional champion. He was also a two-time regional and conference champion, and was the freshman/sophomore state champion in his sophomore season. Bloom was a two-time junior freestyle state champion and competed at both the Disney Duals and Scholastic Duals, as well as three years at Fargo.

Favorites:

Athlete: Brian Urlacher

Movie: The Neighborhood Watch

TV Show: 24

Sports team: Chicago Bears

Food: Tuna salad

Place on campus: Wisconsin wrestling room

Vacation spot: Mexico

Wrestler: Jordan Burroughs


Questions:

Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House: Deerfield High School

Why did you choose Wisconsin?: The coaches, campus, and the great academics.

First started wrestling: In sixth grade at 11 years old

Most memorable match: Sectional championships my senior year

My favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling is: My teammates and the facilities

Before each match I...: Listen to the song "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

In off-season training, I worked on: Handfighting and strength training

The best thing about Madison is: The campus and wrestling facility

Dream as a collegiate wrestler: NCAA Champion

My role models are: My parents

What talent would you like to have?: Juggling

Secret talent I have: I can do the splits

Dream job/career: Professional athlete

Dream date: Jessica Alba

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: Skydive

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: In Florida right on the beach

If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: My dog, Tucker

I can't live without: My Xbox

Greatest invention of the last 100 years: Computer

What is your greatest fear?: Dying

What is your greatest accomplishment?: Two-time junior freestlye state champion

Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?: George Washington

Most famous person I've met: Michael Jordan

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: To fly

If I had a million dollars, I would...: Buy a huge house

Worst habit: Procrastinating big projects

Person I'd love to trade places with for a day and why: Michael Jordan, because everyone knows him and to live in his house. He is also considered one of the greatest athletes of all-time.

Favorite quote: "Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy." - Dan Gable

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