Athlete Showcase: Kody Walker, of Dowagiac wrestling
Kody Walker is a sophomore on the Dowagiac wrestling team
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
KW: Winning team districts last year.
What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?
KW: Not winning conference this year vs. Allegan.
What has been a hardship in your life?
KW: Being small.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
KW: My dad, because he pushes me to work harder every day.
When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
KW: When the ref blows the whistle at the beginning of a match.
Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
KW: Not making it out of individual districts last year.
How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?
KW: Push-ups and sit-ups and going on jogs at home.
What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?
Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?
KW: My mom, because she supports me with what I do.
How would you give away $50,000?
KW: I would put it toward the wrestling room at our school.
If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?
KW: The wrestling team.
If I did not play sports, I would…?
KW: Find a job.
What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?
KW: All of the conditioning we do to get ready for the year.
If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?
KW: Locked hands in wrestling.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
KW: You’re a great wrestler.
What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?
KW: Bump up a weight class for the team. Yes, because it was an experience and it made me better.
What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?
KW: My friend Mike get off his back in a match.
What is your favorite hobby? Why?
KW: Wrestling, because it’s a tough sport to do and I like to push myself harder every day to get better.
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