Cole VonOhlen: SW Conference Wrestler Spotlight
As the 2008-2009 season draws to a close, let us take a moment to get to know a wrestler from the Southwest Conference who will definitely be turning some heads at Nationals.
Cole VonOhlen is a 2008 graduate from Jackson County Central High School and is currently attending the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Fareed Hawwa: How many years have you been wrestling?
Cole VonOhlen: I have been wrestling since 2nd grade or about 7 years old. I started to be really competitive in wrestling around 6th grade when I started competing in national tournaments around the US.
FH: What or who made you decide to ever want to wrestle?
CV: Randy Baker, the wrestling coach, talked my mom into having me come to practice. I was in hockey and wrestling at that time and I decided in 3rd grade that I was going to stick with just wrestling.
FH: What do you think separates wrestling from other sports?
CV: That whether I win or lose the match is always up to me and I always have control of the outcome. Then if I lose I can know that I lost because of what I did and not because of what someone else did.
FH: You have had a very successful season so far. You have multiple tournament first place finishes and Outstanding Wrestler awards. In your opinion what has been the highlight of your season so far and why?
CV: It would have to be between getting OW at my first college tournament and wrestling at the Midlands. Even though I went 2-2 at the Midlands it was a great experience. I got to step on the mat with two big ten wrestlers and Corey Jentzen from Harvard, who was number one at the time. It was just fun battling with the same guys that I looked up to last year and knowing that I was now at a new level.
FH: What are some of your goals for this year on the mat?
CV: To always give my full effort on the mat and never let up and not to worry about the outcome of things and just go.
FH: Who would you say is your biggest influence?
CV: My biggest influence would be my high school coach Randy Baker. He is a great coach and a great person. I would not be where I am at today if it were not for him. He has taught me so much, not only in wrestling but also about life and the mentality to have towards things.
FH: Aside from wrestling, what do you like to do in your free time?
CV: I really like to go camping, hunting, and fishing. I grew up on a farm in Minnesota so I just really enjoy being outdoors which makes Colorado a good fit for me because there is so much to do.
FH: What is one place that you'll make sure that you visit sometime in your lifetime?
CV: I really want to go to Japan. I think that they have a very interesting culture and that it would be a fun place to visit.
FH: As an insider into the Air Force world, the movie Top Gun, thumbs up or thumbs down?
CV: Actually the movie Top Gun is based on training Navy pilots, so kind of the “enemy” of Air Force but either way it’s still a good movie.