This week’s Toe to Joe is with Culver Academies’ Daniel Young. Young placed third last year at 130lbs and is currently undefeated this season wrestling at 145lbs.
1. How did you get started wrestling and how many years have you been wrestling?
I’ve been wrestling since I was 4. I began wrestling because my four brothers before I wrestled and had been successful or were obtaining success.
2. What other interests/hobbies/sports do you participate in outside of wrestling?
I like to read and listen to music. I also like to hang out with friends, and I love being outside; whether it be in the city, country, or a body of water.
3. Who is the toughest wrestler you have faced and why?
Probably Riley Adamson. He beat me up pretty good, and when we were younger he was the strongest brute I had ever wrestled.
4. What are your plans for after high school?
As of right now I plan on wrestling for West-Point, attending law school and hopefully getting into politics.
5. Round robin between you and your brothers who wins?
Ah. That’s a good one. As of right now I would have to say Paul. But a lot of people don’t know I have 4 brothers, and back in the day my oldest brother Jacob was probably the best so far.
6. What is the most memorable match you have wrestled and why?
Well that’s hard because taking third at state was memorable, not only because it was the first time I placed but also because it made me hungry for the next year; however, I would have to say the first time I beat Alex Surma was cool because the kid had beaten me up the last 100 times we wrestled before throughout our childhood.
7. What is your favorite movie and what makes it so great?
I would have to say The Boondock Saints because it was made after my brother Paul and me.
8. Who is the most influential person in your life? Why?
I don’t think there is just one influential person in my life so it’s hard to say. My family, especially my father without a doubt has influenced me my whole life. But the most influential people in my life at the moment are my brothers Paul and John-Thomas. Paul I look up to on a day-day basis, his influence inspires me to work harder and push through adversity; he truly is one of my heroes. John-Thomas influences my life because of how smart he is and the capacity in which I look up to him. We share a lot of similar aspirations which makes it easier for me to learn from his intelligence on and off the mat; really he could ask me anything and I would do it.
9. Do you have any superstitions or routines when it comes to wrestling?
Oh yeah, some are religious others are small but one thing is I have to wear the same clothes for dual meets and tournaments throughout the season.
10. What makes wrestling so great?
Wrestlers are a rare bread. I love being able to say that I wrestle because of how much hard work it is and how I know that no one goes through what we do in the sport. Wrestling in my mind has become an intellectual sport, constantly allowing improvement and the ability to achieve greatness.