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Freshman spotlight: Jesse Thielke

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With the start of official practices upon us, 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.

Previous spotlights:
TJ Ruschell
Rylan Lubeck
Justin Koethe
Isaac Jordan
Parker Hines
Kegan Gennrich
Lenny Bloom

Today we take a look at one of the more highly-touted members of this year's freshman class, Germantown, Wis., native Jesse Thielke.

Thielke comes to the Badgers after taking last year to train in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Thielke just missed qualifying, taking fourth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the Greco-Roman competition.

Prior to that he was a star at Germantown High School for four years where he compiled a near-perfect 185-1 career record and was a four-time Wisconsin state champion - one of only eleven in state history. He was also a two-time Greco-Roman champion at Fargo.

Thielke is a four-time U.S. world junior team member, and took home his first medal at the FILA Junior World Championships - a bronze - in September in the Greco-Roman competition.

Athlete: Aaron Rodgers

Movie: Return of the Jedi

TV show: Fringe

Sports team: Packers

Food: Buffalo wings

Place on campus: Lucky apartments

Vacation spot: Northern Wisconsin

Wrestler: Dennis Hall

Place to wrestler other than the UW Field House: A raised mat with spotlights (lots)


Nickname: Honey Badger

Why Wisconsin?: It was a perfect place for me to both succeed and enjoy myself

First started wrestling:
Age seven in second grade

Most memorable match:
State finals senior year

My favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling is:
The fans

Before each math I...:

In off-season training, I worked on: Greco-Roman wrestling

The best thing about Madison is: All the friends I already have here

Dream as a collegiate wrestler: Four-time NCAA Champion

My role models are:
Dennis Hall, Lee Kemp, Cael Sanderson

What talent would you like to have?:
Ability to read minds

Secret talent I have:
Master word search solver

Dream date:
Victoria Secret model

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40:
Win multiple world and Olympic titles

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

Greatest invention of the last 100 years: Xbox

What is your greatest fear?: Death

What is your greatest achievement?: Four-time State Champion

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

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

If I had a million dollars, I would...: Invest and save

Worst habit: Over-eating

Favorite quote: "Never waste a minute"

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