March 2, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
umterps.com: How are you feeling heading into this weekend?
Brendan Byrne: I feel pretty good, pretty confident. I am just looking forward to having a good tournament. I went over some things I haven't been doing over the past two weeks and worked on my mistakes.
umterps.com: Is this what you expected out of your first year?
BB: Somewhat. It was a rough year coming in and starting, but after I got a little bit of confidence I started to build on it. I expected to do well, but I hopefully still have four weeks left to judge this year by.
umterps.com: In what ways have you improved from the beginning of the year?
BB: A lot of confidence. I have improved my feet and being in the neutral position. At the beginning of the year I wasn't scoring and I was hesitant to shoot, and now I'm not hesitant and try to score, and I usually do. I've gotten a lot better of riding on top than I was at first
umterps.com: What's been the biggest adjustment to the level of competition?
BB: I've had a lot of trouble getting out on bottom, so guys are a lot stronger than they were before.
umterps.com:How important is confidence to a wrestler?
BB: It's huge. The margin of winning and losing is so thin because their abilities are so close and anyone can beat anyone. You have to believe you can do it.
umterps.com: What's been the toughest part of the year?
BB: Winter break was pretty tough. We had a lot of practices, two-a-days - it was hard on the body. Losing is pretty tough, too. That's not too fun.
umterps.com: Was there a turning point to your season?
BB: My second tournament (Mat Town Invitational) was a turning point for me. The first weekend I got pinned by a kid who was ranked preseason, and in that second tournament I pinned him and placed fourth, which was a little bit of an accomplishment that gave me some confidence and something to build on.
umterps.com: What will be the key to your success this weekend?
BB: Wrestle seven minutes, work hard, and do my best.
umterps.com: How do you assess the team's chances this weekends?
BB: We look really good. We're missing a weight class, but other than that, as long as everyone goes in there and wrestles like we've been wrestling, we have a good chance of winning.