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Athlete of The Week Interview: Max Dean

BRSN: Max, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. What was your mindset going into the weekend?

Max: I was just excited to compete, I’ve been working on a lot of new skills with our entire coaching staff and it is always fun to put the techniques you’ve been developing to the test in competition. It is fun was focusing on getting to my offense, I was fortunate that I was able to score a lot of points and my matches went well.

BRSN: How did you first get started with wrestling, and what kept you in the sport?

Max: Wrestling is a tradition that runs very deep in my family. My father David had a successful wrestling career for the University of Minnesota and on the Greco-Roman international circuit, my older brother Gabe wrestled for Cornell and coaches here now, and all of my cousins and uncles wrestled or are still wrestling including Zeth who currently wrestles for Harvard. It’s just something that as a family we have always done. I’ve been lucky to develop a real love and passion for it.

BRSN: Why did you choose Cornell?

Max: I chose Cornell because of the very obvious academic opportunity at this university as well as the opportunity it gives to my wrestling career. Coach Rob Koll has built an amazing program here, he has done a great job bringing in lots of talented, driven, and kind people as both as coaches and teammates. I feel blessed that I get to learn from some of the finest minds that the sport has to offer. It makes it exciting to go to practice every day.

BRSN: What is your greatest wrestling memory?

Max: My favorite thing about the sport is the wonderful people that it has brought into my life and the experiences that I get to share with them. My favorite memory actually competing was winning my match in the round of 12 at the NCAA Championships last season. Winning in the round of 12 makes you an All-American, and doing so has been a goal of mine since I was a little kid.

BRSN: You had a very successful freshman season last year with a 32-6 overall record, what are your expectations for this year?

Max: I try not to place expectations on results, rather just my effort throughout the process. Just like any student-athletes I have goals and dreams, with my ultimate one being winning an NCAA title. My only true expectations of myself are to work on improving every day as an athlete, student, and all-around human being and to treat everyone with respect throughout the process.


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