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Freshman spotlight: TJ Ruschell

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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. 

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

Today's spotlight freshman's last name should be a familiar one for Badger fans:  Crittendon, Ky., native TJ Ruschell.

TJ Ruschell joins the Badgers from Ryle High School in Union, Ky., and will be trying to emulate the success that his older brother, and current Wisconsin wrestling assistant coach, Kyle had on the mats in Madison. Kyle was a two-time All-American (2009, 2010) for the Badgers during his five year career from 2005-10.

The younger Ruschell is coming off a successful four-year career for the Ryle Raiders. He compiled a superb 209-21 overall record and was a four-time state placer, including a state title in his junior season. Ruschell was also a four-time regional champion. 


Athlete: Joey Votto/Ken Griffey Jr.

Movie: Remember the Titans

TV show: Seinfeld

Sports teams: Cinncinnati Bengals and Reds

Food: Chicken alfredo/skyline chili

Place on campus: Camp Randall Stadium

Wrestler: Kyle Ruschell/Dave Schultz.


Nickname: T-Hammer

Why did you choose Wisconsin?: The coaches and the city of Madison.

First started wrestling: 6 or 7 years old in second grade

Most memorable match: State finals

My favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling is: The "W"

Before each math I...: Listen to music

In off-season training, I worked on: Getting stronger

The best thing about Madison is: State street

Dream as a collegiate wrestler: NCAA champ

My role models are: My brothers and parents

What talent would you like to have?: To be better at baseball

Secret talent I have: I'm a decent golfer

Dream job/career: Engineer or wrestling coach

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

If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: My friends and family

The most unusual thing the average person would not know about me is: I have been coached by both
of my brothers and my dad.

I can't live without: Coffee

Greatest invention of the last 100 years: iPhone

What is your greatest fear?: Failure

What is your greatest accomplishment?: State champion

Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?: Benjamin Franklin

Most famous person I've ever met: Ken Griffey Jr.

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

If I had a million dollars, I would...: Buy a house on the beach

Worst habit: Overthinking 

Person I'd love to trade places with for a day and why: Rory McIlroy, because he's awesome at golf 

Favorite quote: "The pain of regret lasts far longer than the pain of discipline."

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