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Getting to know the Badgers: Macy Oswald

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Meet one of the eight new members of the Wisconsin softball team

Meet freshman Badger Macy Oswald! She is from Caseyville, Ill., and attended O'Fallon Township High School. The righty batter was a four-year letterwinner and earned Best Defense all four years. She was named MVP, first-team all-conference, first-team all-area, St. Louis All-Metro, first-team Chicago Tribune All-State and second -team all-state her senior year.

During her senior year, she earned the Best Offense Award. She was named O'Fallon Township Female Athlete of the year (2011-2012) as well as Player of the Week for ESPN Rise Midwest.

She had 12 home runs her junior year, as O'Fallon Township won the 2011 Southwest Conference Championship and Regional Southwest Conference Championship. Oswald's head coach was Kate Walsh.

She was also a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and a member of SADD (students against destructive decisions) and PWP (players with a passion).

Her parents are Michael and Holly Oswald, and she has one younger sister, Mia. Her father, Michael, was a catcher at Chowan College. She enjoys playing volleyball, working out and sketching nature scenes. Her major is currently undecided.

We took a little time for some Q&A with Macy:

Q: Who or what got you started in softball?
A: My dad, he played baseball in college

Q: At what age did you start playing softball?
A: I was nine years old

Q: If you didn't play softball, which sport would you play?
A: Volleyball. I was the libero (defensive specialist) at my high school. I played volleyball from seventh grade until my senior year.

Q: What is your dream job?
A: Working with future professional athletes

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Warrior

Q: Who is your favorite athlete/athletic team?
A: St. Louis Cardinals

Q: Describe your dream vacation
A:.Going to Hawaii

Q: What is your favorite sports/softball memory?
A:  My favorite memory would have to be when my high school softball team won regionals four years in a row.

Q: Do you have any pump up or pre-game music or rituals?
A:  Listen to my playlist of pump up jams.

Q: What is the best part of playing softball at Wisconsin?
A: Putting on the big W and being part of something bigger than myself.

Q: Where is your favorite spot on campus?
A: The Lakeshore path. It's a great place to go for a run.

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Cookies and Cream

Q: What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?
A: Teal

Q: What TV show do you wish you could be in?
A: Gossip Girl

Q: If you could be any person for a day, who would you be?
A: Blake Lively

Q: If you were stranded on an island and could only have three items with you, what would they be?
A: My best friend, matches and a boat...

Getting to know the Badgers: Ashley Van Zeeland

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She was a member of the state champion team in 2010 and her high school team ranked fifth in the nation her junior year. The righty batter was named to the Wisconsin All-Star team as well as Team Wisconsin after graduation and went on to win the state championship.

She was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball and her volleyball team won the state championship her junior year and placed second during her sophomore year. Ashley was a high school teammate of Maria Van Abel. Her major is business/accounting.

We took a little time for some Q&A with Ashley:

Q: Who or what got you started in softball?
A: My parents got me involved in softball when I was really young, because I would always play softball in my backyard with my brothers.

Q: At what age did you start playing softball?
A: 10

Q: If you didn't play softball, which sport would you play?
A: Volleyball

Q: What is your dream job?
A: Professional athlete

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Benchwarmers

Q: Who is your favorite athlete/athletic team?
A: Donald Drive/Green Bay Packers

Q: Describe your dream vacation
A: Mexico with my family and cousins.

Q: What is your favorite sports/softball memory?
A: Winning the Super World Series when I was 12 years old.

Q: Do you have any pump up or pre-game music or rituals?
A: Everyone stands in a circle and they each get a chance to do a dance move.

Q: What is the best part of playing softball at Wisconsin?
A: It is a great experience overall and I love the team.

Q: Where is your favorite spot on campus?
A: Camp Randall

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Chocolate chip cookie dough

Q: What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?
A: Pacific blue

Q: What TV show do you wish you could be in?
A: Friends, because they always look like they are having fun and they are hilarious.

Q: If you could be any person for a day, who would you be?
A: Aaron Rodgers, because it would be amazing to be that talented, and he is a great role model.

Q: If you were stranded on an island and could only have three items with you, what would they be?
A: Matches, a tent and a laptop.

Getting to know the Badgers: Caitlyn Warren

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Meet freshman Badger Caitlyn Warren! She is from Naperville, Ill., and attended Naperville North high school. The outfielder was a four-year letterwinner and earned academic all-conference all four years. She was named all-city team her freshman, sophomore and junior year. Her sophomore and junior year she was named Daily Herald all-area honorable mention. The righty batter was named honorable mention all-state as well as DVS all-conference sophomore, junior and senior year.

The Naperville North Huskies won the regional championship during her senior year. She also earned the school record for most walks in a season and made all-area second team during her senior year. Throughout high school she volunteered for S.S. Peter and Paul Religious Education.

Her parents are Tim and Lisa Warren. She has one older brother, Alex, one younger brother, Jared, and two younger sisters, Kelsey and Chloe. She enjoys playing with her dogs. Her major is currently undecided.
We took a little time for some Q&A with Caitlyn:

Q: Who or what got you started in softball?
A: My brothers played baseball and I wanted to be like them, so my mom took me to a tryout for the Naperville Diamonds.

Q: At what age did you start playing softball?
A: 10

Q: If you didn't play softball, which sport would you play?
A: Gymnastics

Q: What is your dream job?
A: Training service dogs to visit children in the hospital.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Proposal

Q: Who is your favorite athlete/athletic team?
A: The Cubs

Q: Describe your dream vacation
A:.Traveling through Europe

Q: What is your favorite sports/softball memory?
A: Getting to play with my little sister, Kelsey, my last travel season.

Q: Do you have any pump up or pre-game music or rituals?
A: I listen to music super loud and I always get a good luck text from my Mom and Dad right before I warm up.

Q: What is the best part of playing softball at Wisconsin?
A: My teammates.

Q: Where is your favorite spot on campus?
A: The lakeshore path

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Cookies n' Cream

Q: What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?
A: Hot Magenta

Q: What TV show do you wish you could be in?
A: FRIENDS

Q: If you could be any person for a day, who would you be?
A: Beyonce

Q: If you were stranded on an island and could only have three items with you, what would they be?
A: My teddy bear, my phone and my dog, Cali.

Getting to know the Badgers: Kelsey Kleist

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Meet freshman Badger Kelsey Kleist! She is from Plymouth, Minn. and attended Wayzata High School. The catcher was a four-year letterwinner and a two-time first-team all-conference selection. She made first-team all-state her junior year, was named team captain and first-team all-section her senior year, and led her team in batting average and RBI. Kelsey was also a letterwinner is basketball. She participated in marching band, mock trial, photography and Spanish club.  Her parents are Scott and RaNae Kleist and she has one younger brother, Konnor. Number 33's hobbies include photography, basketball and music and her major is undecided.  

We took a little time for some Q&A with Kelsey:

Q: Who or what got you started in softball?
A: My parents signed me up for all sorts of sports as a little kid, and softball is the sport that stuck.

Q: At what age did you start playing softball?
A: I started playing at about the age of six, when I participated in t-ball, and I worked my way up to fastpitch.

Q: If you didn't play softball, which sport would you play?
A: I would definitely play basketball.

Q: What is your dream job?
A: To be a photographer for National Geographic, and travel the world taking pictures of wildlife.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Grease, such a classic.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete/athletic team?
A: Joe Mauer from the Minnesota Twins.  He's a lefty batter and a catcher! We were meant to be!

Q: Describe your dream vacation
A: To travel with my family and my camera to the Australian outback.

Q: What is your favorite sports/softball memory?
A: Beating our high school rival at their home field, in extra innings my junior year. Such a small victory, but it was the most exciting game I've ever played in.

Q: Do you have any pump up or pre-game music or rituals?
A: No doubt, Eminem's song Lose Yourself. I thought the song was so cool in like fifth grade, and have been listening to it before every game since.

Q: What is the best part of playing softball at Wisconsin?
A: Spending time with the team! Being surrounded by such talented and fun girls has made the transition into college so much easier.

Q: Where is you favorite spot on campus?
A: My dorm! It's also nice to come back to Dejope to study, sleep and eat.

Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Peppermint bon bon

Q: What is your favorite Crayola crayon color?
A: Red, of course!

Q: What TV show do you wish you could be in?
A: Seinfeld, the show about nothing. I would love to hangout with George, Jerry, Elaine and Kramer!

Q: If you could be any person for a day, who would you be?
A: I would want to be the President of the United States, just to hangout in the White House.

Q: If you were stranded on an island and could only have three items with you, what would they be?
A: I would bring my camera bag, (loaded with solar battery packs) a Sudoku puzzle book, and a good beach chair.

 

Freshman spotlight: Nic Veling

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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:
Jesse Thielke
TJ Ruschell
Rylan Lubeck
Justin Koethe
Isaac Jordan
Parker Hines
Kegan Gennrich
Lenny Bloom

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.

Favorites:
Athlete: Jake Varner

Movie: Hot Rod

TV Show: How the Universe was Made

Sports team: Green Bay Packers

Food: Chocolate

Place on campus:
Witte Hall

Vacation spot: Gulf Shores, Alabama

Wrestler: Lee Kemp

Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House:
My basement.


Questions:

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."

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.

Favorites:
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)


Questions:


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...:
Relax

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"

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. 

Favorites:

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.


Questions:

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."


Freshman spotlight: Rylan Lubeck

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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:

Justin Koethe
Isaac Jordan
Parker Hines
Kegan Gennrich
Lenny Bloom

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.

Favorites:
Athlete: Calvin Johnson

Movie: Act of Valor

TV Show: SportsCenter

Sports team: Green Bay Packers

Food:
Steak

Vacation spot: Cass Lake, Minn.


Questions:
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

Freshman spotlight: Justin Koethe

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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:
Isaac Jordan
Parker Hines
Kegan Gennrich
Lenny Bloom

Today, we get to know Coralville, Iowa, native Justin Koethe.

Koethe comes to Madison from Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, Iowa, where he was a four-time state placer for the Trojans. Koethe was a three-time FILA Cadet Nationals champion, as well as the 2009 Cadet National freestyle champion and second place finisher in Greco-Roman. He was also a five-time All-American in Fargo at Junior Nationals.

Favorites:

Athlete: Jordan Burroughs

TV Show: Skins

Sports team: Wisconsin wrestling

Food: Chinese

Vacation spot: Texas

Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House: Fargo


Questions:


Why did you choose the University of Wisconsin?: Because it has a great campus, I love the wrestling, the coaches and the team.

First started wrestling: 2nd Grade

Most memorable match: 2009 Freestyle Fargo Finals

My favorite thing about Wisconsin wrestling is: Barry Davis

Before each match I...: Get warm and clear my mind

In off-season training, I worked on: Speed and outside shots

Dream as a collegiate wrestler: Multiple NCAA titles

My role models are: My dad

What talent would you like to be able to have?: To be able to dance

Secret talent I have: Annoying my father

One thing I absolutely have to do before I turn 40: See the ocean

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: Paris, France

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

I can't live without: My phone

Greatest invention of the last 100 years: iPod or Xbox

What is your greatest fear?:
Not being able to wrestle anymore due to an injury

What is your greatest achievement?: Getting a scholarship to Wisconsin

Most famous person I've met: Jeremy Hellickson, pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays

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

If I had a million dollars, I would...: Buy a nice house and car and pay them off

Person I'd love to trade places with for a day and why: Eminem, to see how he lives his life.

Freshman spotlight: Isaac Jordan

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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.

Past spotlights:

Parker Hines
Kegan Gennrich
Lenny Bloom

Today we meet Isaac Jordan, who is looking to continue his family's impressive legacy at Wisconsin.

Isaac Jordan is the latest member of the Jordan family to wrestle for the Badgers. His father, Jim, was a two-time national champion, and three-time All-American, at Wisconsin in the 1980s, and still holds the all-time program record for wins in a career (156). His uncle, Jeff, was a two-time All-American for the Badgers in the 1980s as well, and his older brother, Ben, earned All-America honors last season to close out his UW career.

But, Isaac is certainly an accomplished wrestler in his own right. He was a three-time Ohio state champion at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, and put together an impressive 154-9 career record. That mark included an unblemished 43-0 senior season, a season in which he was ranked among the top high school wrestlers nationally.

FAVORITES

Athlete: Aaron Rodgers

Movie: Lawless

TV show: Friends

Sports team: Green Bay Packers

Food: Pizza

Place on campus:
Camp Randall Stadium

Vacation spot:
The beach

Wrestler: Kyle Ruschell

Place to wrestle other than the UW Field House:
Iowa


QUESTIONS

Nickname?:
Zeke

Why did you choose Wisconsin?: The tradition

First started wrestling:
5 years old

In off-season training I worked on:
Riding

The best thing about Madison is:
The food

Dream as a collegiate wrestler:
NCAA champion

My role models are: My grandpa and dad

Dream date: Alex Morgan

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

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be:
East coast

If I could bring one thing from my hometown, it would be: Crabill's hamburgers

I can't live without:
iPod

What is your greatest fear?: Brandon Weber (teammate)

Which fictional or historical figure would you like to meet?: Abraham Lincoln

Most famous person I've met: Dave Chappelle

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

If I had a million dollars, I would...: Buy a car

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