With the start of official practices just a few days 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.
Today, it's Vesper, Wis., native Rylan Lubeck's turn in the spotlight.
Lubeck comes to Madison after a prolific career on the mats at Lincoln High School. Lubeck was a state champion for the Red Raiders in his senior season, a state runner-up in both his junior and sophomore seasons, a four-time regional champion, and a three-time conference and sectional champion. Lubeck has international experience as well, as he wrestled at the 2010 Cadet Pan American games in Manaus Brazil and for the 2010 Greco World Duals USA All-Star Team.
Lubeck's athletic accomplishments at Lincoln weren't just limited to the mat. He also played football and was an all-conference honorable mention running back. He succeeded in the classroom as well. He was a scholar athlete and on the Wisconsin Wrestling All-State Academic Team in each of his four years of high school, and earned a Presidential Academic Education Award in his freshman and senior years.
Athlete: Calvin Johnson
Movie: Act of Valor
TV Show: SportsCenter
Sports team: Green Bay Packers
Vacation spot: Cass Lake, Minn.
Why did you choose Wisconsin?: It's my home state
First started wrestling: When I was three and a half years old
Most memorable match: Freshman year of high school in the team state finals against Joe Umlauf
My favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling is: It's my home state
Before each match I...: Pray
Dream as a collegiate wrestler: Team and individual national title
My role models are: My dad and uncle
One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: Go hunting in Africa
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: Here
The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is: I have three fake teeth
I can't live without: Food
What is your greatest achievement?: State title
Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?: Jesus
Most famous person I've met: Lee Kemp
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: Super speed
If I had a million dollars, I would...: Invest it
Worst habit: Biting my fingernails
Person I'd love to trade places with for a day and why: My dad, to see how his mind thinks