BELOIT — Sethe Schober is planning on going out with a bang. The Beloit Memorial senior wrestler is off to a solid 9-2 start in the 160-pound weight class,
After being a solid contributor on the football team, Schober is hoping to end his wrestling season on the big stage in Madison.
The Daily News spoke with Schober Monday evening.
BDN: What are your thoughts on your season so far?
Schober: “It’s been pretty great so far. I know I have a lot to improve on and a ton to work on, but I’ve been really happy.”
BDN: What is the area in which you’ve showed the most improvement?
Schober: “My technique and my stamina. I’ve lasted a lot longer in matches this year. Last season, I would be totally gassed after a match. This season, it’s not like that.”
BDN: Do you think playing football has helped you in your wrestling career?
Schober: “Well, I don’t think on the mat it’s helped me much. But it helped me a lot in terms of being a teammate. It was all about cheering up my teammates and making sure that they stayed positive.”
BDN: With the struggles of the team, was that challenging at times?
Schober: “Yes, it honestly did get pretty hard. There were times when we would get our hopes up that we could actually win, but we’d always come up short. You really start to doubt yourself, but you just have to keep going and continue to work hard.”
BDN: What was it like to get that first victory as a team?
Schober: “It was awesome. Just an amazing experience. It was for sure one of the most memorable moments I’ve had.”
BDN: What do you think the program needs to do in order to turn the corner?
Schober: “They all need to start hitting the weight room. And they also need to be united as a team, instead of thinking of themselves as individuals. But they have a lot of potential if they are willing to work for it.”
BDN: You have a young wrestling team that’s already had success this season. What do you think this team has the potential to do?
Schober: “Oh my goodness, I’m so excited about what this team can do. Even next year, I’ll be in college, but I can’t wait to come back to see my wrestling brothers destroy. I want to see all of these guys become better than what I am.”
BDN: When did you start wrestling, and what made you stick with it?
Schober: “I started in sixth grade at McNeel. My coach now (Stephen Jacobson) was actually my coach then. I loved it right away. I was able to go out there and physically dominate somebody and not get in trouble for it. In fact, they encouraged it. I was stuck right then.”
BDN: Has it been rewarding for you to experience the success you’ve had after all the hard work you’ve put in?
Schober: “Absolutely. Coach gives us video from the start of the season and at the end of the season. I love watching the old videos because I realize how much better I am than I used to be. That inspires me to keep going. Like today, we had an open lift period, and I was really disappointed there was no practice. I just want to keep getting better.”
BDN: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
Schober: “My goal this year is to keep the rest of the team focused, especially the freshmen. I want them to see how important hard work is. And personally, I want to get to state. That’s my spot, and I want my wrestling brothers to come with me. There are a lot more that can qualify if they really push.”
BDN: What are your plans for next year?
Schober: “I’m going to college, but I’m not sure where. I want to be able to play football and wrestle, too.”