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.
In our final installment we meet Brookfield, Wis., native Nic Veling.
Veling was a four-year varsity member at Brookfield Central before coming aboard for the Badgers. He was the Lancers' captain in both his junior and senior seasons, and was also named the team's MVP in his senior year. He also competed with the Team Wisconsin National Team.
Off the mat, Veling played football and ran cross country in high school, and was honored with the Bob Petruska Award, which is given to the Brookfield Central athlete who best displays leadership, sportsmanship and determination.
Athlete: Jake Varner
Movie: Hot Rod
TV Show: How the Universe was Made
Sports team: Green Bay Packers
Place on campus: Witte Hall
Vacation spot: Gulf Shores, Alabama
Wrestler: Lee Kemp
Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House: My basement.
Why did you choose the University of Wisconsin?: UW-Madison has a great history of prestigious scholars and athletes.
First started wrestling: 14 years old/8th Grade
Most memorable match: Qualifying for Greco nationals during my last match at the Central Regional Qualifier.
Before each match I...: Imagine what each period of the match will be like.
In off-season training, I worked on: Increasing my foot speed.
Dream as a collegiate wrestler: Become a national champion.
What talent would you like to have?: Shoot a free throw.
Dream job/career: Radiologist
Dream date: Bar Refaeli
One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: Skydive
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: In Montana, between the mountains and the plains.
If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: My super-comfy bed.
Greatest invention of the last 100 years: Cell phone
What is your greatest fear?: Giant spiders
What is your greatest achievement?: Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout/joining the UW wrestling team.
Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?: Albert Einstein
Most famous person I've met: Florence Welch
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: Mind reading
If I had a million dollars, I would...: Invest the money for retirement
Person I'd love to trade places with for a day and why: Jordan Burroughs, he has accomplished all of my wrestling goals.
Favorite quote: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right."