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Q&A: Junior 184-pound wrestler Cody Reed

Returning NCAA qualifier moves down a weight class for 2012-13

November 2, 2012

Q&A: Junior 184-pound wrestler Cody Reed

Cody Reed biography

Photos from 2012 NCAA Championship

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Junior 184-pound Cody Reed is coming off a breakthrough season that culminated with an NCAA at-large berth. Reed, entering his third collegiate season and ranked No. 18 in a recent Intermat poll, bumps down a weight class and answers some questions as he prepares to open the 2012-13 campaign.

You’ve moved down to 184 for this year ... what precipitated the move and talk about your offseason training and eating routine and how it has changed for the new weight?

When I first came to Binghamton I was a 174 pouner and after my redshirt year coach told me that the spot at 197 was wide open so I did what I had to and won the spot. For both Nate (Schiedel) and I, it was great to have successful seasons last year. But we were both a little out of position. Nate was struggling to make 184 and I was in the weight room five days a week to stay up at 197. It was just an easy decision to make this season.

You earned an at-large bid and then won two matches at NCAAs last year. What are your favorite memories from last year and how did that success at NCAAs give you added confidence as you head into this season?

My favorite memory would have to be finishing 14th as a team. After an upsetting ending to our conference tournament it was great to go out to nationals and finish in the top 15 in the country. Seeing all the fans we had out there from Binghamton was just amazing. All five of us at nationals won at least two matches so it was great having everyone contribute. Also, Donnie’s run back through the wrestle backs was amazing. One of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen in wrestling.

The program obviously went through a transition with Coach Popolizio and a few wrestlers departing in the off-season… along with the graduation of several leading wrestlers ... how has the change been for you and what do you think the team’s strengths are this season?

The change wasn’t easy. With Coach Popolizio leaving it was hard but we knew that we were getting a great group of coaches and keeping Coach Borshoff was huge. The leaders on the team here are great and every year someone seems to step up and take that role just like the guy before him. Nate, Donnie (Vinson), Patrick (Hunter), and I are taking on that role this year. We have a great team with a good mix of experience and youth. A couple young guys are going to have to step up, but we will be great when it counts.

Who are your workout partners in the room and what have you learned from Nate and the new coaches?

I usually go with Nate but all of us bigger guys (John Paris, Caleb Wallace, Tyler Deuel) rotate to get used to all the different styles. It’s great to have so many good workout partners in the room. Coach Dernlan and Coach Ware have been a huge help. The amount of technique you can learn from these guys is just unreal. The convenience they have given me will definitely go along way this season.

What are your personal goals for this season?

This season I plan on being an All-American and finishing in the top 4 at nationals. Coming into this season with the great coaching we have and now knowing what to expect out at nationals, I feel that I am ready to make the next step.

What do you love most about the sport of wrestling?

The thing I love most about the sport is being the sole player. There is no one else to put the blame on when you lose. It forces you to push yourself to the highest level. It’s a rewarding sport for those who work hard and that’s what I love about it.

What do you think people would be surprised to learn about you? What do you like to do in your spare time?

Something interesting about me is I grew up on a farm and own four horses. I spend most of my free time with my friends on the team outside doing something fun. During the season we play darts and go bowling often. Then in the summer we do a lot of team camping trips and BBQ’s. It’s a nice way to relax in the offseason and enjoy the free time.

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