Athlete of the Week: Bodee Woods

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Senior wrestlers hoping hard work pays off with trip to state

Oconto Falls senior Bodee Woods has earned a 22-13 record in dual matches this season. (Contributed photo)

Athlete: Bodee Woods

Sport: Wrestling

School: Oconto Falls High School

Year: Senior

The Oconto Falls wrestling team is enjoying plenty of success this season, both as a team and on an individual level for several wrestlers. Senior Bodee Woods is among that group of wrestlers leading the team this season, compiling a 22-13 record so far.

In a dual win over Waupaca on Thursday, Woods pinned his opponent. He also won a hard-fought match against Coleman’s Karson Casper on Jan. 8, earning a 6-5 decision win.

Q: When did your interest in wrestling begin?

A: My interest in wrestling started in first grade, but it wasn’t until seventh grade when my passion and competitiveness for the sport began.

Q: What’s your favorite part about a wrestling match or the wrestling season?

A: My favorite part about the wrestling season would be seeing all the hard work pay off in a wrestling match. There are many parts to the wrestling match I enjoy. The first is prior to the match, the team lays in a circle to get everyone ready for their match. Then running out with the varsity team and seeing everyone standing in the bleachers cheering you on. When it’s time for your match, it is really exciting to know that all eyes are on you and the home fans are cheering you on. As for the season, I believe the friendships that are made are invaluable not only within our Oconto Falls wrestlers but with the wrestlers from other teams. This sport also is a very physical and mental sport. It has taught me so much, not only with nutrition, strength and technique but also that I need to believe in myself.

Q: What is your biggest individual goal this season and how do you plan to reach it?

A: My individual goal is to continue to wrestle hard and make it to individual state. In order to make it there, I have been attending other practices outside the normal high school practices. I have been attending practices on Sundays with Northern Stars Wrestling, which is ran by Cullan Morrissey. I also work with Cullan in one to one practices to help with technique and mental toughness.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Oconto Falls wrestling team?

A: My favorite memory was when we went to Malecek Wrestling Camp in Wisconsin Dells. This was a team building camp that included lots of wrestling and hanging out with my teammates. I believe that sometimes time spent out of the wrestling room is just as important than in the wrestling room. We need to be able to know each other on a personal level in order to help that person get ready for a match or deal with a loss. We need to know we can trust in each other. I also think our coaching staff are dedicated to making us each better athletes and better individuals, not only on the mat but off the mat.

Q: What serves as your motivation when wrestling?

A: My motivation is knowing that I’m a senior and that this might be last year competing in wrestling. I want to know at the end of this season I have given everything I got and did the best I could.

Q: Do you look up to any particular athletes? If so, why them?

A: I look up to the Oconto Falls alumni because the Oconto Falls wrestling program has produced several state champs and several that went on to wrestle at college level. It is also awesome when the alumni are able to attend our practices and work on skills with us. One of the alumni that I look up to is Cullan Morrissey and as stated before, he has taken his knowledge and offers it to the local wrestlers without leaving our hometown. Cullan is very supportive both on and off the mat.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: I would have to say just hanging around with my family and friends. I also like to ride dirt bikes, snowboarding, and shooting trap with a team of friends.

Q: Favorite TV show, movie and musical artist?

A: My favorite TV show is “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” It’s something I do with my parents as we sit and try to figure out the ending. My favorite movie is “Southpaw.” My music on my Spotify list would have to speak for itself as Kendrick Lamar is my favorite artist.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: I was told at a wrestling camp by the head coach, “You need to take one day at a time.”